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New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience, journeying 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 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 tableside lunch (additional expense).
  • Riverboat harbor cruise
  • See the bustling activity of America's second largest port
  • Select option to add on a delicious tableside meal for mid-day departure
  • 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 tableside lunch, this daytime cruise on an authentic steamboat is a hit with families.
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2 Hour Paddlewheel Cruise
Live Commentary Onboard
Live Jazz Music
Creole Tableside Lunch (if option selected)
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Gratuities
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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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 tableside 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!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Steamboat NATCHEZ
The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. 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 lunch. The Riverboat “CITY of NEW ORLEANS,” uniquely New Orleans - welcome aboard!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • Cruise is suitable for wheelchairs, but restrooms stalls are not wide enough to accommodate and there are no elevators on board.
  • 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.
  • Due to local Covid ordinances, access to the jazz band may be limited when they are moved indoors due to inclement weather.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As of September 2021, all passengers are required to show evidence of receiving one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PRC test taken no more that 72 hours prior to boarding.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 500 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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 face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
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
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.

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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." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "There’s plenty of seating, no need to hurry up and queue up to score a seat." See review

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Marvelous
Myra_J
, Dec 2021
Enjoying just being out on the water and learning some history about New Orleans. The lunch they served was excellent. Staff very friendly. My husband an I celebrated 22 years of marriage.
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star-5
Great experience,...
Alla_C
, Nov 2021
Great experience, positive vibes , good food, friendly staff , great jazz band. Highly recommend for any occasion.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you
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star-5
Great TIME. good and plenty food, very tasty good experience all the tine on board.
John_C
, Nov 2021
Seeing all the tourists enjoying themselves as the servers were very attentive. Great and pleant of Tourists attractions.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you
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star-4
Good Cruise
Ketan_P
, Nov 2021
Great quick cruise, family friendly. Not great for vegetarians. I think it’s a good way too pass the afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We appreciate the review!
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star-1
Tour Booked and Paid, But Never Sailed!
Ray_B
, Nov 2021
I’m rating the company of Viator, NOT the Steamboat Natchez. We arrived at 1030 on 26 Sep for an 1130 lunch departure on the Steamboat only to be informed there was no tour that day scheduled. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed Viator booked this tour, charged our credit card and made no notification to us in advance. Viator is a third party booking agency, so buyers beware!!!!! You’d think a refund would be offered, but I’ve yet to hear from Viator….nice customer service!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are disappointed for you. This rating reflects on our riverboat company. Although it might not have been convenient but we could have put you on the next available cruise with that reservation.
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star-4
Good value
Kevin_S
, Nov 2021
Fun experience with good jazz music and educational info. Bring a jacket as it can be cold and windy.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks so much
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star-3
Nothing to see
WeiKang_F
, Nov 2021
As a world traveler been to boat ride at china new Zealand and Europe. There is nothing to see on this one
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Our city was founded here as the first port and access to the center of the country. It is still a major port and our narration shares that history as well. We regret that it was not a comparison to other countries.
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star-1
Really?
John_M
, Nov 2021
Your boat was unsafe as there were way too many people on board and not enough chairs. Access to Life vests were not explained thoroughly…
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We never pass our Coast Guard numbers so it may have felt crowded to you but i assure you we were operating safely. If the instructions were not explained clearly to you, we will ask the Captain to repeat them. We do drills constantly and are staff is well trained should any emergency come into play.
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I’m from Texas and didn’t...
Julia_H
, Nov 2021
I’m from Texas and didn’t know you needed a proof of vaccination. They need to put that you need that in bold.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
It is a citywide mandate, not just our company. We have a bold banner on our website so guests can review the current guidelines. It affects indoor areas such as restaurants, bars, etc.
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star-5
Lovely cruise
PATRICIA_E
, Nov 2021
Perfect day for a cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Really enjoyed the jazz band. The picture package was nice, too.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We appreciate your review.
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