Step up the luxury of your Steamboat Natchez excursion on this Viator VIP dinner cruise. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the engine room. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous buffet and enjoy a live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.
Steamboat Natchez dinner cruise with private engine room and boat tour, a Viator Exclusive
Cruise the Mississippi on an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat and enjoy lots of perks
Go on an exclusive tour of the boat and its engine room led by the first mate
Admire New Orleans from your reserved seat while listening to live jazz and savoring a buffet dinner
Receive a Champagne cocktail, shrimp cocktail, boarding photo, jazz band CD, and more treats
Don't miss this insider New Orleans experience—it can't be booked anywhere else
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
The Steamboat Natchez is the last paddlewheel ship still operating in New Orleans. And this is the only tour where you get a private look around the boat and the engine room, complete with souvenirs.
Choose one of two evening start times for your VIP dinner cruise and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful Steamboat Natchez. When you step on board, you'll also step back in time as calliope music fills the air and the captain’s voice pours through an antique megaphone. Your VIP experience begins with a personal reception. Ship staff will greet you with a complimentary Champagne cocktail in a souvenir etched glass. Pose for a photo op to capture the moment; you’ll take home a print to mark the special occasion. Then, follow your host (who may even be the captain) on an insider tour of the vessel to see all the workings of the ship including the engine room and the enormous paddlewheel. Afterward, you’ll be escorted to your reserved seat, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking New Orleans shoreline at dusk, and a performance by the Grammy‐nominated jazz group Dukes of Dixieland. Wet your palate with fresh shrimp cocktail and a glass of wine. As for dinner, the buffet might include anything from cornmeal‐crusted fish to creole creamed spinach. 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. Once you have wined and dined, take a stroll across the deck or sit back in your seat and enjoy live jazz. The music plays on until the evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter. Take home a complimentary Steamboat Natchez souvenir etched glass and Dukes of Dixieland CD as tokens of your magical night aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Upgrade option: Receive all the luxuries of the original tour, but include an open bar (call‐brand select cocktails, beer, and house wine) for the entire duration of the cruise.
It was a hard choice to decide which tour to book. We chose the VIP tour with dinner by far it was the best choice we had made. It was very well organised, and the hosts were very attentive and took care of us and our group very well.
Jordan our host for evening was excellent, remembered everything we ordered and explained the tour very well. The captain took us round and he was great in explained how the steam boat works and the history of it. By far this was one of the best excursions we booked, it was well worth the money that we paid. It was a nice touch at the end we received our photos, etched champagne glasses all in a gift bag to take home. This is the best way to experience the Natchez totally recommend it, with VIP you are brought to the table first, served dinner first and guided with your host throughout the whole evening.
What a great experience. The welcome onto the boat was seamless and easy. The jaz band was excellent. The food was excellent with a wide choice. The service was impecable and the tour of the engine appealed to the kid in me that loves engines. Highly recommended ecperience
I always wanted to take a steamboat ride down the Mississippi. The food was on point. The crew was great. My server always found me walking about the decks to keep me informed. That felt special. The sound of the band playing put a smile on my face. I love live instruments. The whole experience was great. I didn't get to enjoy the delicious food because I ate at the Saints game. I feel a need to visit again and do it all over.
We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent, the Jazz band was perfect and very animated.We were given a tour by the captain who absolutely loves his job and has been there 44 years.We would recommend the cruise for any Age group