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Overview

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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With an optional buffet lunch, this daytime cruise on an authentic steamboat is a hit with families.
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!

Itinerary

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
Jambalaya
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

Reviews

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P
, Dec 2018

It was one of the large and best steam boat cruises we have ever taken. The view along the Mississippi River was spectacular despite of a cloudy day. We learned a lot about local culture and history. The service staff was super friendly and really helpful. Lunch table was specially reserved for our party even with a nice touch of fresh flowers decorated and the food was delicious. We enjoyed music and dance during our dining. Everyone had great time. Thank you!

L
, Dec 2018

We had been on a river cruise in NOLA before but without the lunch option. We are glad we chose to have lunch as the food at the buffet was surprisingly delicious! The jazz band was wonderful also, playing lots of jazz and blues favorites. In spite of the close to 1000 people on this Christmas eve cruise, boarding was very smooth.

A
, Dec 2018

Nice touch that there were chairs all around the boat for everyone onboard. Crew was organized and everything went smoothly. We chose to have lunch and it was delicious.

c
, Dec 2018

I can’t rate my experience because we never left the dock due to the fog.. the captain determined it was too dangerous to leave. I can rate the lunch we had, I must say it wasn’t very good at all. I had a baked chicken breast that was very rubbery and seemed more like it was boiled like when you cook chicken soup.. no flavor on it at all either. Also had a little bit of salad. Definitely not worth $16.

E
, Nov 2018

The cruise was terrific - the jazz band was great and the food was good. However, the music played while waiting to board was AWFUL and most annoying.

M
, Nov 2018

It was a nice cruise. The boat was clean. The staff was very friendly and the lunch was great. All in all, it was a nice trip

v
, 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!

S
, 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.

D
, 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.

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, 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.


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