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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!

Why Our Insiders Chose 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 and front-row dinner seats.

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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 front-row seat for a performance by the Grammy‐nominated jazz group Dukes of Dixieland. Whet your palate with fresh shrimp cocktail and a glass of wine. 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.

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 pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as tokens of your magical night aboard the Steamboat Nanchez.

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.


Sample Dinner Menu
  • 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 proprietary spice blends from Andy Roos.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very enjoyable tour. We were treated like royalty. The staff on the steamboat couldn't do enough for us. Very nice meal in comfortable surroundings. Very informative private tour of the boat escorted by a crew member. Probably more suited to the males among us who find engines etc fascinating but it was interesting to see what makes her go. Don't know how they can work in that heat in the engine room!! Good music to accompany the trip up and down river arriving back in the dark to see New Orleans lit up at night. Thank you for the extra little gifts that give us many happy memories

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The plantation tours were excellent, the swamp boat tour was the best. Got up close and personal with Brutus the largest alligator in the river. If you go don't miss the swamp boat tour.

Laurie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the best tours that we have ever been on. We received first class treatment from the time we arrived at the dock to the time we left the ship. Our host for the evening was wonderful and we truly appreciated his hands-on approach. Thanks again for a wonderful time!

Dennis and Laurie Williams

Matt Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour. We were truly treated like VIPs. Great experience!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommend the VIP package. Our guide, Jordan, was simply superb. We were treated like VIP's due to his attentiveness. There was no wait in line, three tables were reserved, one directly in front of the band, the second outside along the railing, and third private table for dinner. With the captain of the vessel leading the tour it was very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing experience, wonderful tour - it made our 20th wedding anniversary trip.

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a wonderful time on the Natchez. The hosts were gracious and the experience including our pictures, cocktails, tour and dinner were great! Nice dinner and tour of the Mississippi. Highly recommend this package tour!

Sheila P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Absolutely amazing! It was my husband's birthday so I upgraded to the VIP package. The package included the dinner cruise, private boat tour and open bar. It was well worth the price. Vanessa, our hostess greeted us near the ticket booth holding a sign with our names listed on it. Vanessa stated we were the only VIP Guest for the evening and she had a great evening planned. First stop was the bar where we were given champagne. Vanessa had three 3 VIP tables set for us, each with white table clothes. The top deck table was decorated with birthday stuff and was near the fabulous jazz band, one was near the bar with a great river view and the third was for dinner. The dining area was near the bar both in an air conditioned area. Dinner was buffet style. We were scheduled for the second seating, 7:35 p.m. After the first dinner seating, the dining area was cleared and the buffet was reset. The lines formed outside the dining area but again we were the VIP guest no lines for us. The food was sensational!! We were greeted by the captain before dinner who offered the tour of the steamboat, but because of the heat and humidity, we declined. He later announced us as the VIP Guest for the evening and of course said happy birthday to my husband. After dinner, we ventured back up to the upper deck for a night of cruising, jazz and several more flutes of champagne. Our hostess mentioned that VIATOR and the Natchez had just recently teamed up. What a fantastic TEAM. If you're ever in New Orleans, we highly recommend the Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour offered only by VIATOR. I promise you're cherish the memories forever! July 11, 2016 Sheila and Willie Georgia


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic cruise,dinner lovey, all staff amazing and enjoyed meeting the captain on the engine tour he was lovey. All,in all first class would highly recommend it

Kay D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We felt like real VIPs! Great service, great tour, great perks. We highly recommend this tour for anyone who likes to receive the royal treatment. Yvonne was great!

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