• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 150.00 View price calendar

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Step up the luxury of your Steamboat Natchez excursion with 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!

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

Steamboat Natchez Paddlewheel

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 Nanchez.

Boarding begins at 5:30pm. Guests may skip the line at the ticket office and proceed directly to the employee entrance gate. Your steam engine room tour will begin at 6:30pm with the boat setting sail at 7:00pm.

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.


Customer Reviews

Marilyn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Went for the VIP experience and it was worth it. Captain Steve gave us a tour of the engine room and the history of the boat. Girls from the tour agency were great. Friendly helpful and their service was great. Food was very tasty and a lot of it. On the VIP experience you get your food first and avoid the long lines. Bananas Foster yumm. The goody bag to take home was the final touch. The souvenior picture, a cd of the dixieland bank cookbooks spices. Just gret....

Lisa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My husband and I purchased the VIP Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise Dinner in a June. The entire experience was perfect. From the hostess, to the captain, to the food, and the amazing jazz music, this VIP experience is worth every penny. We ate at the early 6:15PM dinner, which allowed us to enjoy the evening listening to jazz music on the cruise back to the dock. You also receive a bag of items, including photos and other memorabilia from the experience. If this is a once in a lifetime experience, pay the extra money and enjoy the VIP treatment and service.

Joyce A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

We did many things during our first visit to New Orleans, but I have to say, this was the highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend upgrading to the VIP package because you will be treated like royalty. I have to give a HUGE and very heartfelt shout out to Taylor, who went above and beyond for us, even when some elderly people in our group got a bit cranky. He was amazing and I wished I thanked him more than I did. We were seated on the ship first and given champagne while the others boarded the ship, then we had a tour of the ship by the extremely friendly Captain. After that, we were seated in the dining room, and had jumbo shrimp cocktail and were allowed to go up to the buffet first, before the crowds came in. Lastly, we had dessert outside on the deck while watching the beautiful lights of New Orleans pass by. Everything was just wonderful, and we were even given lovely souvenirs upon leaving the ship. This was a truly memorable experience we will never forget.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The VIP tour is really worth it. Private accompagnateur, treated us like royalty. Three table reserve for us, buffet service first. Really superb experience

Tammy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We really enjoyed this. The music and the food were very good. We are glad that we paid the extra for the VIP tickets, as we were able to board the boat early and we had a reserved table. We were treated like VIPs! The Captain gave us a private tour. It was a very special evening.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We did the VIP experience and it was great. We had personalized attention from the time we boarded until we disembarked. It was well worth the extra cost. The ship is a one of a kind and the cruise was great. We will do it again when we are in New Orleans.

Fred H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Adding the VIP portion to the cruise was worth it. It allowed early boarding and seating for dinner a shrimp cocktail with 6 large shrimp head of the line for the buffet and a personal waitress who kept track of our whereabouts and ensured we had everything we needed or wanted from the open bar. Go hungry!
A personal tour of the boat was provided, with access to several areas normally restricted for guests, and most importantly, it allowed us to disembark first with a nice bag of gifts. The Natchez is one of two remaining steam paddle wheel boats in the country. The boat was constructed in the 70's, but the steam engine and all the all the drive machinery is 92 years old, and kept in perfect working condition. It's something to see in New Orleans.

tnacoelho France

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

L'accès VIP permets certains privilèges comme l'entrée dans le bateau accélérée, une belle photo souvenir offerte, un tour de tout le navire avec le capitaine, une table réservée sur un lieu génial, des coupes de champagne, quelques souvenirs offerts... bref tout y était pour passer une soirée parfaite.

James Bell United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

RECOMMEND this tour. AWESOME. Felt special and the private tour of the engine room was amazing. Would love to do this one again if we get the chance.

Victoria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I had the VIP treatment , worth every penny

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