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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was out 1st stop when we arrived in New Orleans. The cruise was relaxing, informative and entertaining. The staff was helpful and friendly and the food was excellent! Great food and atmosphere!

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Angel was very insightful and energetic!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lovely relaxing trip. Opted for the buffet and it was well worth it. Would recommend

Fernando M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was nice and smooth, great food and people


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/ 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

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