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.
Natchez Tossed Salad
Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette
and served family style
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice
Certified Angus Beef, carved to order w/ natural au jus and a horseradish cream sauce
Served with a Creole mustard sauce
Bayou Seafood Pasta
Crawfish tails and Shrimp tossed in a white wine and garlic parmesan cream sauce with penne
Fusilli pasta, zucchini, squash, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes tossed in a zesty basil pesto
Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes
Fingerling potatoes roasted with fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic, and ground pepper
Creole Creamed Spinach
Spinach with mozzarella, parmesan and cream cheese
Green Beans Almondine
Southern style green beans topped with toasted almond slivers
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
A soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in a rich custard
with a decadent white chocolate sauce
A New Orleans original! Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon
and rum. Served warm atop vanilla ice cream
La Louisiane Sliced French Bread
Community Coffee and Iced Tea included
Menu items are subject to change by season and availability.