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!
Lunch Cruise Menu
Southern Fried Fish
Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Red Beans and Rice
New Orleans classic red beans on top a bed of rice with optional andouille sausage
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