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Journey back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic Steamboat Natchez for a 2‐hour 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).


  • Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise
  • See the bustling activity of America's second largest port
  • Select option to add on a delicious buffet lunch for 11:30am and 2:30pm departure
  • View the skyline of 'The Crescent City' from the decks or climate-controlled comfort of the Steamer Natchez

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What You Can Expect

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

True to tradition in every detail, boarding the Natchez makes you feel as if you have entered another era.

Choose a morning or afternoon start time for your harbor cruise and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful Steamboat Natchez — one of the last of its kind in New Orleans. Fun for all, boat enthusiasts will particularly enjoy viewing the boat’s vintage decor, such as the museum-quality engine room.
Stroll the deck as the Natchez begins its 2-hour float 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. (Full menu included below). 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!

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Sample Lunch Menu
Menu Subject to Change*

Southern Fried Fish*: Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Red Beans and Rice: New Orleans classic red beans with andouille sausage and served over Jazzmen® rice
Roast Beef Debris and Gravy: Served over mashed potatoes
Vegetarian Pasta Salad
Chef’s Daily Selection
Vegetable du Jour
Cole Slaw: House prepared creamy cole slaw
Cornucopia of Fresh Fruit
NATCHEZ Bread Pudding : A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a Callebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce
La Louisiane Fresh Sliced French Bread
French Market Coffee and Iced Tea included

Menu items are subject to change by season and availability.
Featuring our proprietary spice blends from Andy Roos.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

my husband and I took a brief getaway to new Orleans which is where we are from. We decided to do some things that we did not get a chance to do as a couple since , we moved away 20 years ago. We really enjoyed our cruise on the Natchez! I would definitely encourage people to do it but if I did it again, it would be when the temps. are cooler out. but overall, it was great!

Ronald V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Well worth the time also a great history lesson.......

Katie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved it! Fantastic food, lovely people, great information, fantastic to see the engines and hear the whistles/toots....love the trip

Kent S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Mycket trevlig resa och en god lunch. Rekommenderas

Mark G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Steamboat Natchez is awesome and the crew is great!

Nadine Marissa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It is something you have to do. the food was a bit cold but the captain we entertaining and informational . We would have done it more times if we had time

Diana J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This water Cruise was amazing! We were accompanied by music, food, drinks and a knowledgeable tour guide. We were invited to Visit the steam engine and Their gift shop while on board. I would definitely recommend this Cruise to anybody visiting New Orleans.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Views from the steam boat were amazing. Jazz music was great and so was the food. A little history lesson was provided over the speakers as we cruised along the mighty Mississippi. Great tour.

Ada N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent trip with good information. Food was very good and seating options were perfect depending on where you like to be. In the sun or Ac

Lindsay G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time on the Steamboat Natchez - the narrative was informative and engaging and the barman in the Captain's Saloon was particularly friendly and amiable, and he makes a mean Hurricane to boot! A truly great way to spend a couple of hours. We did not select the meal option but the food looked very good.

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