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Steamboat Natchez VIP Jazz Dinner Cruise with Private Tour and Open Bar Option

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Create memories that will last a lifetime on the Mighty Mississippi River and experience the royal treatment as a Viator VIP guest. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a scrumptious buffet dinner, and enjoy a live jazz performance. For the full experience, opt-in for a full-bar upgrade.
  • Riverboat dinner cruise including a private boat tour with the captain, a Viator Exclusive
  • Experience reserved front row seats to the band before heading downstairs for dinner
  • Admire New Orleans from your reserved seat while listening to live jazz and savoring a tableside dinner
  • Receive a Champagne cocktail, shrimp cocktail, boarding photo, jazz band CD, and more treats
  • You will have your own personal VIP host that will cater to you all night – starting with the ability to skip the long boarding lines and getting early access boarding before the general public
  • Admire New Orleans and the Mississippi River from your reserved seat while listening to live jazz and savoring a delectable Creole buffet-style dinner
  • 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.

What's Included

  • 2-hour paddle-wheel boat cruise with live jazz entertainment
  • Early boarding, reserved front row seating, private tour of the boat and engine room
  • Gourmet Louisiana-style dinner
  • Complimentary champagne cocktail and shrimp cocktail after boarding
  • Boarding photo and jazz band CD
  • Call brand open bar (if option chosen)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Steamboat NATCHEZ
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

Start time

07:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful riverboat. 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. 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, it includes anything from Bayou seafood pasta to chicken and sausage gumbo. Top it off with signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea.

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 souvenir Dukes of Dixieland CD as tokens of your magical night.

Upgrade to 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.

Steamboat NATCHEZ

Please arrive between 5:35 - 5:45pm to receive the whole VIP experience, such as early boarding and front row reserved seating for the Dukes of Dixieland! Pose for a photo as you board -- you'll receive a print as a souvenir of this exclusive experience that can only be booked through Viator. Uniformed ship staff will greet you with a Champagne cocktail. Then, follow your guide on an exclusive private tour of the boat. Feel free to ask questions and take photos as you tour the magnificent riverboat.

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Mississippi River

Afterward, take your reserved seat and listen to the live jazz band, Dukes of Dixeland. As you listen to the Grammy-nominated group play, enjoy a shrimp cocktail. Then load up on scrumptious Louisiana favorites including tossed salads, chicken and sausage gumbo, rice, baked chicken, bayou seafood pasta, paddlewheel primavera, herb-garlic fingerling potatoes, green beans almondine, white chocolate bread pudding, bananas foster, and vanilla ice cream. Upgrade to 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. Then sit back, relax, and delight in captivating night views of New Orleans as you cruise along the Mississippi for two hours. Before your luxurious dinner cruise concludes in the French Quarter, you'll also receive a commemorative Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as souvenirs of your memorable night on the Mississippi.

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The riverboat is accessible for guests who use mobility devices. However, access to the top & bottom decks are by stairs only. Please call us with any questions before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You'll get the same authentic experience of a grand paddlewheeler on a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:The evening jazz cruise departs from Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery in the heart of the French Quarter (400 Toulouse Street.)

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:There are parking lots in the French Quarter on Decatur Street and adjacent to the dock. These lots offer hourly or daily parking rates.

Jun 2021

Q:What time should I arrive for the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. It is best to arrive 30 minutes before departure or sooner.

Jun 2021

Q:Are vegetarian options available during the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:Yes - There are vegetarian selections including: Natchez tossed salad, Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, Pasta Primavera, Garlic Rolls, Bananas Foster and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Jun 2021

Q:Is alcohol available during the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:There are bars available on all three decks for guests 21 and over. Alcoholic beverages include beer, a wine list, and specialty drinks.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour handicap accessible?

A:Yes - the main deck is accessible, however, access to the top & bottom decks is by stairs only and restroom stalls are not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring an animal with me on the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:The Steamboat Natchez allows animals to cruise with their owners as long as they are a Service Animal as defined by the ADA. Other animals/pets are not permitted. Please note if bringing a service animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the dress code for the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:"Dressy Casual" is recommended for the Dinner Jazz Cruise based on the decor and service.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available during the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I smoke during the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?

A:The Steamboat Natchez is a non-smoking vessel, so unfortunately smoking and vaping are prohibited both indoors and on the outer decks.

Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips

I would thoroughly recommend getting the vip package for a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary or even if like us, you come from out of town and want to do something special.
From getting on the boat early, the personal service during the entire cruise, the private table, the music, the tour with the captain, worth every penny.
389 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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It so exciting!!!
Patrenia_T, Jul 2022
We were visiting New Orleans and was told this would be a great activity. We were so happy that we did. Enjoying every moment was an understatement. We purchased the VIP package and had so much fun and it was educational. Our guide, Gina, was the best. Her personality was inviting and she was witty. I plan to bring family next time for the steamboat.
The great service from...
Robert_B, Aug 2022
The great service from our host Chad. He made the evening very easy. My girlfriends company was the best thing of all.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
We are delighted that the evening was enhanced by your host Chad. He is a new addition to that staff and its great to hear about his service, Please share our thanks with your girlfriend.
Jazz cruise.
Nicolas_V, Jul 2022
Definitely the dinner was exceptional! The Jazz band was really good and the VIP treatment was well worth it.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank so much Nicolas
We were pampered, wined and dined
Jan_K, Jul 2022
Staff, Gina and Marlin were amazing and attentive to us. The private tour with the Captain was amazing.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for this wonderful review. i will be sure to share with the staff
Best part of New orleans
Noah_D, Sep 2022
Food was excellent vip service was great the live jazz band was perfect the whole experience was great
Great Experience!
Amber_B, Aug 2022
My husband and I came to NOLA to celebrate my 40th birthday and we decided to take a dinner cruise. It was absolutely perfect! Our cruise tour guide was Gina and she is the true definition of Southern hospitality!! She is such a gem!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Rikki_B, Aug 2022
Absolutely amazing! From the atmosphere, the drinks, the FOOD, and our host Gina we can’t say enough! Gina made our experience over the top and even more special. Highly recommend this experience to anyone coming to New Orleans. Gina thank you so much for making this a time we will truly never forget. Everything was just absolutely amazing!!
Excellent last night in New Oleans
mark_p, Sep 2022
Marlon was a gracious and excellent guide. Capt was very informative and pleasant to talk with. Great music.
I loved it! It was a...
Ashley_B, Jul 2022
I loved it! It was a wonderful, beautiful, romantic experience even going solo I had a lovely evening
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for joining us Ashley!
Vince_P, Sep 2022
The VIP experience is the only way to go. Treat you like royalty. The extra money for this experience is worth it
Response from Host, Sep 2022
So glad to have offered it and that you chose it. Thank you.
Fabulous service
CRYSTAL_R, Jul 2022
Gina was the best hostess I have ever met. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and she made us all feel very special. She has a great personality. You can tell she really enjoys her job.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Crystal, that is a great review and may we wish your daughter Happy Birthday once again.
We felt like royalty! Thanks Gina!
Jennifer_S, Sep 2022
We had no expectations of what the VIP tour would entail…All we can say now is WOW! Take the ride aboard the Steamboat Natchez and reserve the VIP package! Gina, the VIP host, is phenomenal and the Captain so very friendly and knowledgeable! The food was great, drinks delicious and music fun! Would do this experience again! Thanks for making our trip to NOLA a great one!
Not vip
David_L, Aug 2022
Was told vip no engine room tour no steam it’s Diesel half the ship rent out to private parties walked up and down ship that’s the tour
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Our steamboat in under renovation so the engine room cannot be toured at this time. Can we assume that you received reserved seating, a private host, welcome cocktail, appetizer, dinner, a photo and a gift bag? We would like to invite you to join us again next time you are in town.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect! Dinner and music...
Karen_C, Jul 2022
Perfect! Dinner and music on the river with a very attentive guide. It was a lovely night and a nice way to start the vacation.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Karen, thank you for joining us.
Wonderful experience. The...
Rick_V, Aug 2022
Wonderful experience. The music was fantastic and the crew made us feel very welcomed. A lovely evening.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
The staff will be thrilled to see your review. Thank you
Outstanding service!
Brandon_K, Jul 2022
Marlon and Diane were excellent! VIP is the only way to go. The food taste great but the chicken was a little tough. Over all it was a great experience. We took the excursion to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We were both pleased with the cruise staff and customer service. Again, Diane and Marlon were phenomenal!!!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Diane and Marlon pride themselves on making your experience as special as you are. Another Happy Birthday Wish!
Billy_D, Aug 2022
My wife and I cannot say enough about the hospitality that we experienced. First Gina (fabulous). She treats everyone like family and goes out of her way to make you feel like family greeting family. Gina along with Diane (who met us when it looked like we were lost) and lead us through and gave us spirits to say now just relax. Later we meet Marlon at the dinner table to again treat everyone like family where the conversations are flowing. Please everyone must experience this. Thanks for making our 35th anniversary so special
Response from Host, Aug 2022
From all us - Happy Anniversary once again. Those hospitality hosts enjoy every minute with our guests.
It was a great experience...
James_B, Jul 2022
It was a great experience ,and the host Gina was very amazing .she made my day very special. I can't stop thinking about her exceptional services. I am looking forward to visiting again.
It was just okay…. and over priced.
Amy_H, Sep 2022
The host was very friendly and helpful, the food & drinks were good, band was great, and the gift bag was nice. We didn’t really get to enjoy the Mississippi River though because we were in the dining room for most of the trip. And it was a very short ride. The captain was friendly but the tour consisted of showing us the wheel turning. The photo was awful and had it not been included, I wouldn’t have bought it. Overall it was okay but not worth the extra we paid for VIP. I would recommend either doing just the regular dinner cruise (not VIP) or just a cruise without food and enjoy the river.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
This is very disappointing to hear. Our cruise is promoted as two hours but perhaps you were not aware and did not realize you could have walked about the boat any time you wished. If you would like to share any other details to help us make any revisions you can reach us at
Perfect cruise.
Kristi_R, Aug 2022
Chad was AWESOME. He’s an excellent guide and host. Give him a raise IMMEDIATELY. Captain Steve was super knowledgeable and fun to listen too. The whole experience was top notch. The food, the drinks, the service and the view….all great. Wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Recommend to all my friends/family.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Kristi, we are thrilled to learn your whole experience was so delightful. We hope you bring some guests along next time so we can share the happiness. We will share this with Chad as well.


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