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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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Customer Reviews

Diana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an excellent tour. The staff are extremely nice and friendly. The food was wonderful so spend the extra money to eat on board! We really enjoyed this activity. A big thanks to Gina who shared some tips with us for our upcoming cruise. She had just taken the same cruise recently.

Kathryn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The calliope and steam horn took us back in time. The drinks were exceptional.

Marshall T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip, everything was available to all passengers, drinks, food, listening to a live jazz band and a visit to the engine room. worth every penny / dollar. Definitely a steam boat. Great information / narrative given through out the cruise would recommend to all young or old.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was a great way to learn the history of the area. Great time and would recommend
to ones going to the area.

Shannon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I really enjoyed the cruise. It moves very slowly, of course, which my teenage boys were not thrilled about, but that is the nature of the boat. It was informative and relaxing. I would also recommend springing for the lunch. The food was delicious and well worth the small price.

Deborah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip,,we had a beautiful day,, guide was informative,, Bloody Mary Great!!

Kent Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The Natchez cruise was great. I would recommend anyone traveling to New Orleans to take a cruise on the Natchez. It last 2 hours, and it is entertaining. We enjoyed the brunch, it was delicious.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

For those drawn to the water, history buffs, fans of vessels and tradition, this is a must-do. Details like watching the captain give docking instructions via megaphone to the bridge from the bow, observing the goings-on in the engine room, and the onboard narration of the sights and history we're passing over the course of two hours. A fine jazz band played during the second half of the cruise, providing perfect accompaniment to the scenery. Note: you need to exchange your Viator digital voucher for paper tickets at the lighthouse-shaped ticket booth before boarding.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Entertaining cruise for 2 hours down the Mississippi River and back. The jazz orchestra was excellent and provided a relaxing background on the return portion. On the first portion, the narration was informative, but at times hard to hear. Unfortunately, while on our cruise the weather was unseasonably cold, so we spent the majority of our time inside, but the drinks were good and the food looked good we did not participate in the lunch option.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great way to spend the afternoon. The ship's crew was especially friendly, including Gina the ship's hostess. One note of warning while in the area waiting to board...beware of the scammers out on the pier who just start polishing your shoes and then demand pay. They can be very pushy and aggressive.

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