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01/27/2021 ~ 02/01/2021

Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise with Optional Lunch

 New Orleans, LA
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Explore the history of New Orleans with a ride aboard the Steamboat Natchez, the city’s only authentic steam-powered paddle wheeler. Arrive early for a calliope concert atop the boat. Enjoy captivating views and informative narrative, delicious food (optional), Jazz music performed by the Steamboat Stompers in an outside area, and a history of jazz, and check out the steam room to see how the boat operates. Let the good times roll on the Steamboat Natchez!

Activity Highlights
  • Narrated Mississippi River cruise on the famous Steamboat Natchez
  • Take a tour of the steam engine room to see the inner workings
  • Jazz music performed by the Steamboat Stompers in an outside area
  • Optional Creole Meal Add-on & Cash Bar

The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. Please see our other boat the Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS for our lunch and brunch cruises. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live Jazz and all the beautiful New Orleans sites, while also exploring the newly renovated riverboat addition to our family. Make sure you check out all four decks. The top deck view is a site to see! The Riverboat “CITY of NEW ORLEANS,” uniquely New Orleans - welcome aboard!

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Duration: 2 Hrs.


All tickets purchasing the lunch for cruises Monday - Saturday, include the following menu items:

  • Southern Fried Fish

  • Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection

  • Red Beans & Rice

  • New Orleans Classic red beans served over a bed of rice with andouille sausage served on the the side

  • Jambalaya

  • The traditional Louisiana dish with chicken, sausages and Creole Seasoning

  • Italian Pasta Salad

  • Tri-colored pasta with green olives, black olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, mushrooms tossed with Italian Dressing

  • White Chocolate Bread Pudding

  • A souffle’ of local Leidenheimer French breaks in rich custard with a decadent white chocolate sauce

  • ***Lunch plates will be served individually boxed with house made Italian pasta salad, bread pudding, and

  • Community Coffee, Iced Tea, or Water

  • *Menus are subject to change by season and availability."

  • *We are proud to serve primarily Louisiana and domestic seafood items"

All tickets purchasing the brunch for cruises on Sunday include the following menu items:

  • Natchez Tossed Salad

  • Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, diced yellow squash and zucchini, red onions, sliced strawberries and shredded cheddar cheese with a sugar cane vinaigrette

  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

  • Made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice

  • Shrimp and Grits

  • Shrimp sautéed with onion, bell pepper, and garlic served alongside hot butter grits

  • Crescent City Eggs

  • Baked egg casserole incorporating spinach, red onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, andouille sausage, green onions and cheese

  • Biscuit & Gravy

  • A popular Southern Breakfast dish with white sausage gravy

  • Turkey Sausage Patties

  • O’Brien Potatoes

  • Seasoned with peppers and onions

  • Creole Creamed Spinach

  • Spinach with mozzarella, parmesan and cream cheeses

  • Mini Croissants

  • Served with jellies and preserves

  • Fruit Salad

  • Chopped and mixed fresh seasonal fruit

  • Bananas Foster

  • A New Orleans original! Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum, served warm atop vanilla ice cream

  • White Chocolate Bread Pudding

  • A soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in rich custard with a decadent white chocolate sauce

  • *Community Coffee, Iced Tea, or Water

  • Menus are subject to change by season and availability.

  • We are proud to serve primarily Louisiana and domestic seafood items.

  • Some menu items may, at times, contain imported crawfish and fish.

What's Included
  • Narrated river cruise
  • Traditional Jazz music
  • Cash bar
  • Creole Meal (Optional Add On)
What to bring
  • Camera
  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ does not qualify for producing gluten-free meals as established by the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization) and therefore must decline a guest's request for a special meal. The Steamboat Natchez apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
Additional information
  • If you will be dining, please be sure to choose your dining time.
  • Customers who purchase a meal ticket should arrive at 45 minutes early as lunch can start at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm.
  • Parking is available off-site for a fee.
  • This boat is handicap accessible however once aboard, due to the historic nature of the boat, guests will need to use stairs to access levels above or below the main level.
  • Restrooms available.
  • A standard gratuity of 15-20% is recommended.
  • Children ages 2-5, participating in the cruise only (no meal included) cruise for free and do not require a ticket.
  • Service animals as defined by the ADA are allowed.
  • A gift shop, snack bar and cash bar are available but not included in the cost of this cruise.
  • Schedule and availability are subject to change. Call the number provided on booking voucher to confirm schedule at least 48 hours prior to departure.
  • Rates do not apply to Special Event or Holiday Cruises or Tours.
  • Transfers must be used in conjunction with optional tours.
  • Groups of 10 or more should call 850-424-5125 before booking. For groups of 10 or more, vendor requires a 50% deposit 60-days prior to the cruise.
  • Vendor reserves the right to substitute vessels as needed. Cruise may take place on the Riverboat city of New Orleans paddlewheeler, or the Steamboat Natchez.
Reservation Requirements

Groups of 10 or more will have a 50% non-refundable deposit kept on any cancellations or changes regardless of how far out they are made. Groups of 10 or more will have to pay a $2 gratuity per person, select ticket during check out. For groups of 10 or more, vendor requires a 50% deposit 60-days prior to the cruise. Customers are required to sign a contract and a copy of the signed contract is due within 7 days of booking to confirm reservations, otherwise the order will be canceled. A final guaranteed passenger count is due 72 hours prior to your cruise. Decreases making total due less than the 50% deposit will not receive any refund of original deposit. Any decreases to passenger count within 72 hours will not be refunded. No shows will not be refunded. Additional seats may be purchased on site based on availability however seating will be reserved for the final guaranteed passenger count. If guests would prefer to book the group booking via phone please call 800-450-7139 and ask for the groups department.


400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Verified Traveler Reviews

Courteous and sweet staff!

about 4 months ago
Everything was wonderful and pleasant. The food could’ve been better but all things considered, it was a nice experience.
Collin C

Natchez Riverboat

about 7 months ago
What a fun time we had! The crew members couldn’t have been nicer. The only drawback was NOLA had a ban on live music so no Jazz band on board.
James R

Favorite part

about 11 months ago
The steamboat hatches with lunch was our favorite part of our trip to NOLA. Highly reccomend it to anyone considering this activity.
Amanda E

Natchez steamboat river tour

about 11 months ago
Nice tour with good, interesting narration. Fun to see the city and the river from this perspective. We didn’t do the lunch add-on, so can’t comment on that. Disembarkation process could be streamlined/managed better. Got a bit jammed up. Overall, thumbs up.
David H