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Experience the dazzle of New Orleans at night with a romantic dinner cruise aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez. Journey through time on this 2‐hour float along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner and live jazz music.


  • Evening jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River from New Orleans
  • Listen to live jazz music performed by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • Take in incredible views of the city skyline
  • Savor a casual buffet dinner (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Steamboat Natchez is one of the few true sternwheelers left plying the Mississippi river

Choose one of two evening start times for your dinner cruise 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 — will transport you back to the 19th century when ports bustled with produce-laden cargo ships, steamboats and clandestine privateering. Enjoy the boat’s atmospheric decor, such as the vintage engine room and megaphone.

Take a stroll along the deck as the Natchez begins the 2-hour float along the Mississippi River. Then have a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking shoreline at dusk, and soak up some live jazz tunes from the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland, a true New Orleans-style band.

As for dinner, the buffet might include anything from cornmeal‐crusted fish to cheesy penne pasta. Top it off with Natchez’s signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea. Read on to the Itinerary section below for a sample menu. (Menu is subject to change)

Your evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter.

Please Note: The price displayed is based on the cruise only option.

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Sample Dinner Menu
Menu Subject to Change*

Vegetarian Pasta Salad (vegetarian)
Soup du Jour
Southern Fried Fish*: Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Pork Loin: Blackened in NATCHEZ Creole Spice and served with Creole Mustard sauce
Strip Loin of Beef: Hand carved, cooked medium rare and served with a bleu cheese-horseradish emulsion
Tri-Color Rotini with Basil Pistou and Vegetables (Vegetarian)
Oven Roasted Brabant Sweet and Russet potatoes
Creole Creamed Spinach (vegetarian): Spinach braised with onions, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, Parmesan, and feta cheese
NATCHEZ Bread Pudding (vegetarian): A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon with a Callebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce
La Louisiane Hot Fresh Bread
French Market Coffee and Iced Tea included

Menu items are subject to change by season and availability.

Featuring our proprietary spice blends from Andy Roos.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Did this for my sister bday. A nice experience. The fried fish and desert was amazing. Love the history they gave also.

Darlene M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The captain and crew was great and so was the food. 7/16/16. D. Mills

Nanette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the first thing I did once I arrived in New Orleans and after checking in to the hotel. I was relaxed and enjoyed my experience wholly. The music was wonderful, the food was pretty good and the people were amazing. I have told each and everyone of my friends this was my favorite thing I did while in NOLA.

Travis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It is a beautiful way to see sights around New Orleans. The music is fun and the photographic opportunities are great.

Dar P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a wonderful experience. It was a balmy evening but once out on the Mississippi, there was a cooling breeze so it was comfortable. The buffet dinner was just okay but the trip down the river was worth every penny.

Heath F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great way to end our final day of our New Orleans vacation! Watching the sun set over New Orleans as you RIDE A PADDLEBOAT DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI! Can't get much more historic than that. Even in the middle of July there was a gentle breeze that kept things from getting too hot. The food was way better than I was expecting as well. The pork loin and bread pudding was really good. And the best part was the band. If you like music at all get there at boarding time and go up to the top deck and grab a chair. The Dukes of Dixieland will tear it up! You can tell these guys have been playing together for years - just tight tight tight. So swinging. Besides the New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour, hearing the Dukes was the highlight of our vacation for me. Incredible band!

Kay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great trip on a lovely steam boat, staff very helpful and the food was good.

Jose Luis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommended! Great tour in a nice boat. The drinks and food were excellent. The jazz band is awesome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed the dinner cruise as well as the music provided by The Dukes of Dixieland. The buffet was delicious and the sunset was beautiful.

Angela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was nice. The food was plentiful and very good. They need more bars since the lines were long and took at least 20 minutes to get a drink. It would have been nice to know that you had to trade your voucher in for an actual ticket to board.

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