Experience the dazzle of New Orleans at night with a romantic dinner cruise aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez. Journey through time on this paddle-wheel boat ride along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner and live jazz music.
Evening jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River from New Orleans
Listen to live jazz music performed by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland
Take in incredible views of the city skyline
Savor a casual buffet dinner (if option selected)
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Shoreline views are enhanced by a Creole buffet dinner and Dixie tunes on this sunset ride.
Choose one of two evening start times for your dinner cruise and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful Steamboat Natchez. This paddlewheel ship — one of the last of its kind in New Orleans — will transport you back to the 19th century when ports bustled with produce-laden cargo ships, steamboats and clandestine privateering. Enjoy the boat’s atmospheric decor, such as the vintage engine room and megaphone.
Take a stroll along the deck as the Natchez begins the journey along the Mississippi River. Then have a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking shoreline at dusk, and soak up some live jazz tunes from the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland, a true New Orleans-style band.
As for dinner, the buffet might include anything from cornmeal‐crusted fish to cheesy penne pasta. Top it off with Natchez’s signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea. Read on to the Itinerary section below for a sample menu. (Menu is subject to change)
Your evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter.
Please Note: The "starting from" price displayed is based on the cruise only option.
Nice cruise experience. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening diner cruise, scenery was great, Dixieland music was some of the best we had heard. Dinner was good and the staff did a wonderful job of talking care of everyone. Of course you can get a better meal at a restaurant, the total cruise experience was well worth it.
Boat ride was nice and the food was very good but we dinned at 7.45pm and we could not hear the jazz band because they play outside the dinning room, and they start at the same time as dinner. So we pay for it but can’t see the live performance.. it is really unfair
We thought that this was a great way to spend our first night in New Orleans. It was a beautiful night and we were excited to be getting on board a real Steamboat on the Mississippi in New Orleans!! We expected the band to be great. Not so. They were annoyingly awful. We opted for the dinner cruise expecting that we would get a taste of some authentic Creole food. The selection of meats were quite nice but the veggies were like overcooked mush. I’m glad that the cruise was only two hours long. This kind of cattle-herding Tour is definitely not for us.
The evening cruise was wonderful. On the one deck we enjoyed the live entertainment. On the lower deck we we enjoyed sitting at the table listen to the waves of the water as we watched the city lights come on. The cruise was refreshing and fun.
Bottom line: it was just OK. We took the evening dinner cruise in early October. The views of the city while departing and returning were excellent. Unfortunately, the rest of the trip was entirely unspectacular, as darkness prevented any significant views. The dinner was nothing special (not even New Orleans themed) and wasn't even particularly warm. Dinner took up half the cruise time, cooped up in the interior dining room with no views. The band they had playing was no better than average and only played stuff like "When the Saints Come Marching In". Don't take this cruise in the evening and don't eat dinner on board, it isn't worth it. Eat at a good place in the French Quarter, either before or after you board.
We took the Jazz Cruise but without the dinner so I can't say how the food was but we spent the two hour cruise sitting on the upper deck at the bow, listening to great jazz and viewing the Mississippi at night.
The best part of this experience was travelling up the Mississippi. The dinner service was so disappointing, the service was very poor the staff were rude and very unhelpful and the meal was horrible. Don't bother getting the dinner package. I have done many boat cruisers up rivers all around the world and this has to be the worst.