New Orleans, Louisiana

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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
Guarantee a spot on this popular cruise aboard one of the city’s last remaining steamboats 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 Steamboat Natchez—one of the last boats of its kind in New Orleans. The historic vessel particularly appeals to boat enthusiasts and history buffs, who can linger over the vintage decor and 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!


Lunch Cruise Menu
Southern Fried Fish

Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Baked Chicken
Red Beans and Rice

New Orleans classic red beans on top a bed of rice with optional andouille sausage
The traditional Louisiana dish with chicken, sausage, and Creole seasoning
Natchez Tossed Salad
Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red onions, cheese and croutons with Chef's choice dressing
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
A soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in rich custard
with a decadent white chocolate sauce
La Louisiane Sliced French Bread
Community Coffee and Iced Tea Included


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, Nov 2018

Really great experience lots of historical information great jazz music and really great hurricanes. Only thing I would do different would be to book the buffet lunch or dinner cruise food smelt and looked great!

, Oct 2018

Fun tour of the river in and out of New Orleans. Great sights and interesting information provided by the tour guide. If you are on the deck, it is hard to hear the Jazz Band.

, Oct 2018

A very pleasant afternoon on board the Natchez paddle wheel boat. Interesting narrative as we enjoyed delicious regional food. Live jazz band played lively music for our enjoyment. Great way to begin our visit to New Orleans.

, Sep 2018

It had a good time on the Natchez. I booked it with the lunch and the buffet was good. It takes a little till the boat departs so I would recommend to take lunch in the first slot. When you are finished the boat departs and you can sit outside and watch the landscape.

, Sep 2018

We did the afternoon tour with no lunch, but as this is Louisiana, there was plenty of booze available! Shay and Saundra were working the bar upstairs and they were so friendly and funny. They gave great service and recommendations for restaurants and bars to try while in town. Thank you ladies, you rock!

, Sep 2018

This was an absolute blast! More fun that we were expecting! It was hot and humid, so the breeze on the boat was fabulous! The food was really good, and the cajun marys were tasty too! We enjoyed the outside decks while the first group had lunch, then they went out on the decks and we were sat in the dining room. While on the decks, the captain shared all kinds of cool facts, so he was a great tour guide. The food was a buffet of red beans and rice, jambalaya, cajun fish, andouille sausage, grilled chicken and bread. There was also a dessert that I didnt get to try, but everything was great, and you could go back for seconds if you wanted. We were sat really close to the jazz band, which was also close to the bar, so we had the best table in the house! We were in NOLA for 4 days, and this was definitely a highlight of our trip! Kids as well as adults would enjoy this adventure...we were 7 women on a girls trip and we loved it!

, Aug 2018

The experience was awesome. The food was delicious and the band was phenominal. It was romantic and relaxing.

, Aug 2018

We booked the lunch cruise...the staff, food, band and experience was great! Would do it againif back in NOLA!!! Worth the time, knowledge and money!

, Aug 2018

We did this tour as part of a bachelorette weekend in New Orleans (bride-to-be LOVES boats), and it was so nice! The boat was so unique and the lunch was AMAZING!! We couldn't stop grubbing down on the red beans and rice and the bread pudding! :)

, Aug 2018

We spent the afternoon of our July 4 on this boat. After an extremely hot muggy day the cool breeze on the river was refreshing. The drinks and staff were even better. It was a little hard to hear the conductor tell us about different things along the river unless you were closer to the inside of the boat. This was a nice tour to end our day with. We had spent the entire morning walking and it was very relaxing.

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