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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

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.

Janice D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Enjoyed the commentary on the way down and the jazz on the way back. Would recommend this trip. Lunch was offered, but we preferred to sit out on the deck and enjoy the beautiful day and the scenery.

Shelia I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Second time we have taken this cruise. Once for dinner and one for lunch and I have to say both were very pleasant. The food is delicious which surprised me! the tour is very interesting filled with facts about the rier and the history of New Orleans.

martha s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The boat ride was excellent and we had purchased the lunch also, not knowing if it would be good.
It was excellent also. A good assortment and it was all cooked well.
We would recommend to anyone

Judith G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A must see when in New Orleans. Great way to see the mighty Mississippi River.

Helen J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

what a lovely way to spend an afternoon, we opted for the lunch cruise which had a great selection and plentiful and then relaxed on the deck in the sunshine listening to a great tour guide and then fab music. great relaxing afternoon


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was great!
good food. made reservations and had a table reserved. It was great. get there on time.

Philip W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We spent a lovely afternoon on the river with the Natchez. A once in a lifetime experience. Thank you.

Victor M D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

everything was very good! you have to see the steam engine. Classic,,,
the Lunch is Buffet style! good Meal.. Don't spend to much time with Lunch or the gift shop!
you'll miss the Cruise.... it Moves FAST!

Vicki B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Beautiful trip! Very informative! Loved it!

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