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New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

New Orleans, United States

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


Journey back in time to when New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic riverboat for a morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional buffet lunch (additional expense).
  • Riverboat harbor cruise
  • See the bustling activity of America's second largest port
  • Select option to add on a delicious southern-style buffet meal
  • View the skyline of 'The Crescent City' from the decks or climate-controlled comfort of the riverboat

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With an optional buffet lunch, this daytime cruise on an authentic steamboat is a hit with families.

What's Included

  • 2 Hour Paddlewheel Cruise
  • Live Commentary Onboard
  • Live Jazz Music
  • Creole-Inspired Lunch (if option selected)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line New Orleans
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    The tour begins at the Gray Line “Lighthouse” ticket office at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Guarantee a spot on this popular cruise by booking a ticket in advance. Choose a morning or afternoon start time and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful riverboat. The historic vessel particularly appeals to boat enthusiasts and history buffs, who can linger over the vintage decor.

Stroll the deck as the riverboat begins its cruise along the Mississippi River. Then, find a seat in the cabin or outside, where you can admire unobstructed views of the striking ‘Crescent City’ shoreline and enjoy live jazz music. Learn some riverside history as you pass sites like the Chalmette Battlefield, where the famous pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte teamed with Andrew Jackson to defeat British invaders in the Battle of New Orleans. 

Purchase an optional buffet lunch to sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare, from cornmeal-crusted fish and red beans and rice to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and fresh fruit. Coffee and tea are included with your lunch, or you may purchase adult beverages.

Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee!

Steamboat NATCHEZ

Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites, while also exploring the newly renovated riverboat addition to our family. You also have the option to add on a delicious buffet lunch, including southern fried fish, red beans and rice, sausage, jambalaya, chef's salad, Italian pasta, and white chocolate bread pudding.

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Mississippi River

Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where the legendary Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defend the city against the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You'll get the same authentic experience of a grand paddlewheeler on a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi.
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • The riverboat is handicap accessible. However, access to the top & bottom decks are by stairs only. Please call us with any questions before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • The riverboat cruises rain or shine.
  • Anyone looking to book a group of 9 or more should contact the booking site directly. Different rates apply.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 500 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 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:The harbor cruise departs from Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery in the heart of the French Quarter (400 Toulouse Street.)

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:There are parking lots in the French Quarter on Decatur Street and adjacent to the dock. These lots offer hourly or daily parking rates.

Jun 2021

Q:What time should I arrive for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. It is best to arrive 30 minutes before departure or sooner.

Jun 2021

Q:Is alcohol available during the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:There are bars available on all three decks for guests 21 and over. Alcoholic beverages include beer, a wine list, and specialty drinks.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise handicap accessible?

A:Yes - the main deck is accessible, however, access to the top & bottom decks is by stairs only, and restroom stalls are not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring an animal with me on the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:The Steamboat Natchez allows animals to cruise with their owners as long as they are a Service Animal as defined by the ADA. Other animals/pets are not permitted. Please note if bringing a service animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the dress code for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:All cruises are casual attire.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available during the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I smoke during the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:The Steamboat Natchez is a non-smoking vessel, so unfortunately smoking and vaping are prohibited both indoors and on the outer decks.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

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Traveler Tips

If it is a misty/drizzly day, get in line early to find a seat inside or in a covered area.
If traveling with young children, you may want to take noise-cancelling earphones, as the horn that sounds upon leaving port, re-entering, or passing another boat is very loud, jolting, and prolonged.
There’s plenty of seating, no need to hurry up and queue up to score a seat.
2,481 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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The boat was broken and...
Ryan_M, Dec 2022
The boat was broken and the trip was cancelled. Full refund was given but we sat on the boat 40 minutes before notified that we weren't leaving the dock
Didn't take the cruise...
Latasha_S, Dec 2022
Didn't take the cruise something went wrong with the boat waiting on my refund nothing more to say I was very disappointed
Yolanda_K, Dec 2022
Food was delicious Very relaxing cruise Not impressed with the Jazz music Very clean bathrooms and ship
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for the wonderful 5 bubble review
Lots of fun, history, music and food, excellent!
Teresa_S, Dec 2022
We enjoyed the easy process of boarding the meal was excellent, information was well done, music was fun on the way back to dock, offload was a bit crowded but understandable, we will certainly be back hopefully with our grandchildren next time.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Yes, please bring the family. Children love the experience. Thank you.
Nice experience!
Marcia_T, Dec 2022
Music and traveling slowly down river. We were not impressed with the lunch. Next time I would go to the snack bar!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We will be pleased to have you return. Thank you.
Sailing down the Mississippi River
Natalie_R, Dec 2022
Being able to relax and enjoy the scenery also the food was absolutely amazing. I did purchase 2 photos that cost me $25 that I left behind 🤦 but I would still recommend this boat tour if ever visiting New Orleans area.
Great Time
Pamela_B, Dec 2022
The best friendly staff. The food was delicious and well worth it. I will definitely tell my friends about this boat trip
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks Pamela. We will share your kind words with our staff.
Great Boat Ride
Becky_S, Dec 2022
We had a great time on the Steamboat, we only did the sightseeing, the band on board was good, the drinks were awesome and great history being told.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
All round enjoyable cruise? That is great. Thanks for sailing with us.
The food was delicious....
Jass_D, Dec 2022
The food was delicious. We enjoyed the narrative, music but most of all just being together . We kept the photo crew running because we each wanted pictures . You don’t put a group of Beautiful Golden divas together and not have enough sets🤣
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Well, you Beautiful Golden Divas come back again soon.
Relaxing Cruise!
Cafea_H, Dec 2022
It was very relaxing. I really enjoyed sitting outside, enjoying the fresh air, and learning about all of the sites. We also have some beautiful pictures to keep as a wonderful memory.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We like to remind guests that this cruise is good for those who want some time for their companions and to share great photo memories.
Thank you!
Gloria_S, Dec 2022
Every thing, special the jazz music. Than you!! The store, the view. The staff. Every thing. Special the food and the personnel serving.
Relaxing and informative
Dianne_O, Nov 2022
Nice relaxing trip lunch was a little disorganized and confusing. We would do it again with the grandkids but skip the lunch!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Your grandkids will have a great time and we would love to have your family with us
The crew was on time and...
Lilly_M, Nov 2022
The crew was on time and friendly, snacks and drinks during the trip were amazing, and trip narrator was very informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
More seats outside...
Lourdes_F, Nov 2022
More seats outside Everything was good The food was great and the service the same. I like the trip and I recomended it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was ok
Marc_Q, Nov 2022
Not enough seating. Had to stand the whole time during the tour. Definitely not a tour for someone who can't stand the whole time. Some patrons were sitting on the floor.
A must when visiting new orleans
Susan_J, Nov 2022
Great to be on such an iconic vessel, a must for the tourists in New Orleans. The jazz music made it very special and it was a nice sunny day so showed the boat off to its full potential
Relaxing excursion.
Joyce_M, Nov 2022
Just a relaxing little Cruz on river. Enjoyed views , commentary, and the meal. History of Mississippi was interesting.
Do not do this ! This should be 30 per person
Tamara_K, Nov 2022
The band played fir a half an hour and music selection was poor , the food even worse . I got sick . The price is too high for this nonsense !
Nothing to see
Jennifer_R, Nov 2022
Loved the steamboat, food, music and narrator. We learned a lot from the narrator but there wasn’t anything to see except industrial warehouses and barges.
Down the River
Kathy_S, Nov 2022
The scenery, the place where the levees broke, the music…It was interesting and efficient and fun! We learned so much about the Mississippi and the area. It was also very relaxing.


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