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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. Also get an opportunity to check out the steam room to see how the boat operates. Let the good times roll on the Steamboat Natchez! Book your spot now!

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

The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. Please see their other boat: Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS for lunch and brunch cruises.

Duration: 2 Hrs.

Safety Precautions

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival


All tickets purchasing the lunch for cruises Monday - Saturday, include the following menu items: (Menus are subject to change by season and availability) (As a Pandemic Measure: Lunch plates will be served individually boxed with house made Italian Pasta Salad, Bread Pudding, and Community Coffee, Iced Tea, or Water)

  • 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 side
  • Jambalaya - The traditional Louisiana dish with Chicken, Sausage, & Creole Seasoning
  • Italian Pasta Salad - Tri-colored Pasta with Green & Black Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes, and Mushrooms tossed with Italian Dressing
  • White Chocolate Bread Pudding - Soufflé of local Leidenheimer French breaks in rich Custard with a decadent White Chocolate Sauce

All tickets purchasing the Brunch for cruises on Sunday include the following menu items: (Menus are subject to change by season and availability)

  • Natchez Tossed Salad: Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, Diced Yellow Squash & Zucchini, Red Onions, Sliced Strawberries & Shredded Cheddar Cheese with 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 with Spinach, Red Onion, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Andouille Sausage, Green Onions and Cheese
  • Biscuit & Gravy - A popular Southern Breakfast dish with White Sausage Gravy with Turkey Sausage Patties, O’Brien Potatoes and 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 - Soufflé of local Leidenheimer French breaks in rich Custard with a decadent White Chocolate Sauce
What's Included
  • Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise with Optional Lunch
  • Narrated river cruise
  • Traditional Jazz music
  • Cash bar
  • Creole Meal (Optional Add On)
  • Safety equipment
  • Captain & crew
What to bring
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • Cash or credit card for onboard purchases
  • Camera
  • ID
  • 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
  • Schedule and availability are subject to change. Call the number provided on booking voucher 48 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
  • Customers who purchase a meal ticket should arrive at 45 minutes early as lunch is offered at two separate times, 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM.
  • Children ages 2-5 years old, participating in the cruise only (no meal included) cruise for free and do not require a ticket.
  • This boat is handicap accessible. However, guests will need to use stairs to access levels above or below the main level.
  • A gift shop, snack bar, and a cash bar are available for purchasing extra goodies.
  • If you will be dining, please be sure to choose your dining time.
  • Service animals, as defined by the ADA, are permitted.
  • Parking is available off-site for a fee.
  • Restrooms are available onboard boat.

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Courteous and sweet staff!

about 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
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