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Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Historic Mississippi River Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceNew Orleans, United States

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Sail down this Mississippi River on a classic Paddlewheeler boat on this New Orleans river cruise. Enjoy illuminating narration from a licensed historian and stop part-way through the trip to learn about the Battle of New Orleans. Then, get back aboard the vessel and enjoy a cash bar while admiring the views.
  • New Orleans riverboat cruise on the Mississippi
  • Learn about the Battle of New Orleans during an educational stop
  • Multiple departure times throughout the day to fit your schedule
  • Food and drinks available for purchase onboard the steam boat
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What's Included

  • Taxes
  • Local guide
  • 1 Hour at Battlefield
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (Available for Purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Poydras St
    1 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Located directly at the end of Poydras Street behind the Outlet Collection Mall and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed on board.
  • Bags are checked before boarding the vessel to ensure safety during the cruise.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If altered or canceled due to poor weather, cruise may remain dockside in the event of unfavorable sailing conditions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to limited capacity, refund requests made less than 24 hours prior to departure will NOT be considered. This includes missing the attraction for any reason. However, your ticket is transferable and valid for up to one year.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

We sat up top, but recommend indoors if heat sensitive.
Definitely a do not miss if you are in New Orleans!
803 reviews
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The missing Creole Queen
Eric_P, Feb 2023
When we arrived at the ticket/booking office it was closed for repainting and nobody was there to help us and there was no Creole Queen .we walked up the riverside to an other paddle wheeler and they said that the the Creole Queen wasn't sailing it was in dry dock ! We walked back to the Creole Queen booking office it was still closed but there was a girl inside who said that she was a cleaner and she wasn't very helpful, We went back down the next day and there was a notice saying that the Creole Queen wasn't sailing until after the 31st January so we paid for a trip that didn't get ! So hopefully we will get a refund !
Amazing trip
Nicola_F, Jan 2023
Doctor lauren was a wonderful host and the stop at he battle field was amazing food was great had a wonderful
Was expecting a more...
Vickie_F, Jan 2023
Was expecting a more scenic cruise. Tour guide Charles was fine. Not much to see at the battlefield. Entire trip back was the history of Katrina.
Amy_D, Jan 2023
Charles Chestnut was exceptional in his delivery and knowledge. The whole experience was delightful in all aspects.
Fabian_S, Jan 2023
Food was great and so was the captain. He was really knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Thank you all.
Excellent even for those with only a casual interest in history
accutah, Jan 2023
Nice paddleboat ride and excellent narration by Charles. He provided a synopsis of the history of the city and gave an entertaining and a historical lecture on the Battle of New Orleans at the battlefield. During the ride he provided commentary on what we were seeing along the river, including, on the return, details of Hurricane Katrina and response.
Great and Educational Experience!
Indara_C, Jan 2023
Awesome experience. Love how knowledgeable host Charles is. We had a great time and my daughter learned about history of New Orleans and the challenges after Hurricane Katrina.
Creole Queen recommendation
S_G, Dec 2022
The announcer/guide was very good. They should announce to the line at entry that they cannot accept tickets on the phone, but fun ride once onboard.
Great tour!
Tonya_G, Dec 2022
Wonderful tour! Charles was a great narrator. Highly recommend it! Loved seeing NOLA from the water and learning about its history.
What a river ride!
Deepa_V, Dec 2022
What a lovely trip on the Mississippi, steeped in history and character. Our narrator Charles was excellent and provided historical backdrop to New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. The trip to the battlefield was made all the better because of the rich voice over by Charles. Would definitely recommend it to others who are new to New Orleans and would like to understand the history and culture of this spectacular city.
Learn and relax
Chris_P, Dec 2022
Excellent historical narration. Boat was a bit over full,felt crowded. Was longer than two hours so plan for that
Historical tour on the river
AgnesR_Q, Dec 2022
We enjoyed the historical narration as we traveled to the Chalmette Battlefield, as well as the visit to the battlefield itself. Our narrator was both highly qualified and an animated narrator. We enjoyed the lunch on board as well (it was a better option than trying to find lunch at the nearby mall).
Great historical tour
Andy_M, Dec 2022
Charles gave a good history lesson about the territory. Seeing the battlefield and learning about the history there was interesting.
Great family outing
Tracy_J, Dec 2022
Charles was a fantastic tour guide. Highly recommend! He brought the old and recent past events to life.
Overall enjoyable, fun experience!
Jeff_H, Dec 2022
We all enjoyed listening to Charles provide interesting historical information. I highly recommend!!
Outstanding trip
Julio_B, Dec 2022
Excellent trip on Creole Queen. Charlie did an outstanding job narrating the history of New Orleans, Battle of Chalmette and Katrina. Made it very entertaining.
Joseph_I, Dec 2022
The ride is calm and relaxed. The best part of the day was listening to the narrator, Charles. Whether or not his stories are true, he is hilarious.
Fun and informative
Eleanor_H, Dec 2022
The commentator was amazing and super knowledgeable . He brought everything to life and our kids 11 and 14 paid attention almost the entire trip! We throughly enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot.
A lovely time!
Nissi_H, Dec 2022
We had an absolutely amazing time! All the staff were super nice, especially the photographer and tour guide. Our guide had charisma and kept us engaged in all the stories he shared with ease. The boat itself and the scenery was absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed ourselves for the entire duration of the trip. The food was also great! Definitely would take this excursion again!! :)
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Well worth it
Marsha_S, Dec 2022
Wonderful experience. Loved the cruise and the scenery down the river. The crew, especially the narrator Charles were great. The stop at the battlefield was also very interesting and informative.


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