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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.


Customer Reviews

Veryl A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a wonderful cruise and the food was delicious. The serious was great.

Latrecha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The package included everything as listed and the crew made an already special occasion an evening to remember. We really felt like a VIP.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour and Jourdan was awesome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise was Awesome !!!! For a Few bucks more make sure you get the VIP as it is well worth it. Our Host Bruce was Courteous, Friendly, Helpful, and Most Attentive to all of our Requests! Great Food too !!!

Brian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We decided to go for the VIP option and it was fantastic. We were treated by Yvonne who took really good care of us. We started off with a drink and an appetiser. Then we met the captain who took us on an engine room tour. As we had finished our first drink, Yvonne organised another one one and brought it starlight to us during the tour. We then relaxed in our reserved seating outside. Yvonne then escorted us downstairs to our reserved seating in the dining room where we were able to start at the buffet before anyone else. The free bar options allowed us to get drinks at any of the bars. At the end we got a great goody bag. It was a very special experience and well worth the cost


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this VIP experience!! was everything the description stated and more! So glad we chose the VIP extra options as well as the open bar.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Thought this would be an average trip. One of the best trips I have done from the personalized boat tour to the meal choices, live dixie music, and the boat ride itself this is a must do if you are in the area. If you are worried about being on a boat or on the water, not a problem as the boat is very very stable.

Robert Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nicely done, made us feel like real VIPs, our guide was very attentive and the ship tour was fascinating.


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.

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