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Partake in a classic New Orleans tradition with a lovely jazz brunch aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez! Journey through time on this 2‐hour cruise along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion includes a delectable brunch loaded with famous Louisiana dishes and live music from a local jazz trio. 


  • Sunday brunch cruise in New Orleans aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Take a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River on a traditional paddle-wheel boat
  • Admire views of the city skyline from the spacious decks or indoor cabin
  • Enjoy jazz entertainment from a live trio band
  • Sit down to a wonderful buffet brunch of Louisiana favorites such as Creole shrimp, grits and bread pudding

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What You Can Expect

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

River and Skyline

Choose a morning or afternoon cruise time for your Sunday jazz brunch and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful Steamboat Natchez. This paddlewheel ship – one of the last of its kind in New Orleans – is the ninth steamer to bear the name Natchez. Fun for all, boat enthusiasts will particularly enjoy viewing the boat’s vintage decor, such as the museum‐quality engine room.

Take a promenade along the deck as the Natchez begins the 2‐hour float along the Mississippi River. Then find a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you can admire unobstructed views of the striking New Orleans shoreline and soak up some classic jazz tunes performed by a local trio. 

When whimsy strikes you, head to the brunch buffet and sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare from house‐cured ham and cheese grits to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and warm, sugar‐dusted beignets (full menu included below). Coffee and tea are included with your brunch, or you may purchase wine, mimosas, punch and Bloody Marys.

Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee (and walk off your hearty brunch)! 

Note: Pricing is per person and a ‘Cruise with No Brunch’ option is available.


Sample Menu

Carved House-Cured Ham and Bacon
Smoked in-house meats over pecan wood, with a collard green pot liquor

Scrambled Eggs

Soup du Jour

Creole Creamed Spinach
Spinach braised with onions, cream cheese, parmesan and feta cheese

Fruit Salad
Seasonal fresh fruit with honey, mint and house-made limoncello

Creole Shrimp and Pasta Salad
Shrimp, celery, onions and Creole seasoning in a rosemary-thyme vinaigrette, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cheese Grits
Traditionally milled corn grits with sweet-cream butter and sharp cheddar cheese

Yogurt Cups
European-style yogurt with apple-vanilla granola, slivered almonds, whole rolled oats, cinnamon and African vanilla

Fresh, Hand-made Beignets
The New Orleans classic - French doughnuts, served warm and dusted with powdered sugar

Natchez Bread Pudding
A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a Jim Beam® bourbon sauce

Red Velvet Cake with a Raspberry White Chocolate Sauce

Natchez Biscuits with Jellies and Preserves  

Customer Reviews

karenalex67 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The brunch was great the service was ready and on point, I can't say enough.
The history as your paddling down the Mississippi River was great but what we really enjoyed was the steam organ The Calliope played quite a few songs before we boarded and it was amazing!
We would recommend that you take the afternoon brunch it's well worth it!
V and K Vaden

Kathleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent excursion. Staff very friendly and helpful, brunch was great. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic ! The food was great. Will do this cruise again when in New Orleans.

Jorge R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great food !!

Angel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Chris L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very enjoyable. One of the things you have to do when you're in New Orleans.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The music, the ride and food was all great! What more could I ask for? We are going to be in New Orleans again in March with some friends and plan on taking the cruise again.

Charlene D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had read in a customer review that the great thing about purchasing tickets through Viator would be that you could go to the front of the line. This is not correct! You still need to wait in the lines, which can be quite long. I recommend arriving 1 hour prior to allow enough time to get through the lines and get a good seat. We did the Sunday brunch which was fabulous! We would definitely do this again!!

Debbie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had great weather and a lovely trip. The brunch food was very good and the jazz trio added to the ambiance. We could roam all decks of the ship at leisure. Also learned interesting facts about New Orleans commerce and businesses and communities we passed along the shore. I would definitely recommend this excursion.

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