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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 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!

George S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I loved every minute of this. When you book VIP, they really go out of their way to make you feel special. I felt like the Queen of England, LOL. Needless to say, I highly recommend.

gregory f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

this is a must. we paid a little extra for the VIP and was well worth it. Had a tour from the captain which was very interesting and was well looked after all night. Highly recommended.

Sarah O'DELL

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The VIP package with drinks included was brilliant value for money. We had a awesome time and were waited on hand and foot. The boat is great, Mississippi River great and the house jazz band topped it off

Matthew E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were the only passengers smart enough to buy the vip packages through Viator! They made us feel very spaicial, and we didn and #39;t have to wait in ANY lines!! The vip package was worth the cost easy. Let alone all the free drinks!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

my group was impressed


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome VIP experience. We loved having the reserved table outside, and the personal service allowed us more time to enjoy the experience vs. waiting in line at the bar for drinks. When it was time, our personal tour guide met us and walked us through the engine room and back to the paddle for an up-close view of how the boat operates. This access and personal description is not available on the regular cruise. When it was time for dinner, we had a private reserved table at the back, and were given first in line access to the buffet. Again, allowing us to spend more time enjoying the cruise. Overall, it was a really awesome experience, and probably the biggest highlight of our trip to New Orleans. Highly Recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The dinner cruise was great ,I recommend VIP if you can afford it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous - had a wonderful evening. Worth the extra cost for the VIP experience!

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