Few New Orleans attractions are as magical as a midnight cruise down the Mighty Mississippi. Throw some New Orleans jazz into the mix and you have yourself one heck of an evening! [readmore]One of our favorite ways to see the city in all of it’s glory, a New Orleans River jazz cruise is classic Big Easy and as much fun as you will have so hop on board of one of these fantastic, historic river vessels and get the party started!

River cruises take you along the banks of the city at dusk as you take in the beauty, sights, and smells of NOLA from end to end! Two of the premier New Orleans River Jazz Cruise liners are the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez. In this article, we will look at some similarities and differences between the two liners and you can choose for yourself which is the best New Orleans River Jazz Cruise!

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Creole Queen vs. Natchez: Which is the Best New Orleans River Jazz Cruise...

Creole Queen Jazz Cruise

Creole Queen vs Natchez Which is the Best New Orleans River Jazz Cruise

History: The Creole Queen is an authentic paddlewheeler whose maiden voyage took place on October 1, 1932. This 24-foot paddlewheeler may look old fashioned but it is actually powered by one of the most advanced and fuel efficient diesel-electric engines around!

Atmosphere: Climb aboard the Creole Queen and the first thing you will notice is the plush Victorian décor, the shining brass, and sparkling wooden parquet dance floors. A New Orleans jazz cruise pioneer, the Creole Queen boasts three different dining rooms and multiple outdoor decks that let you take in the air and city skyline!

Food & Entertainment: Enjoy a grand Creole Buffet packed with all of the best New Orleans favorites you can think of, grab a drink at the cash bar, and get down on the dance floor to the spectacular sounds of Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band!

Details: This 2.5 hour tour is brought to you by New Orleans Paddlewheels, Inc. Nightly tours depart at 7PM from 1 Poydras St., Riverwalk Market Place, New Orleans, LA 70130.

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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise

History: The ninth steamer to bear the name Natchez, her predecessor Natchez VI raced the Robert E. Lee in arguably the most famous steamboat race of all time. One of the two steam powered sternwheelers left on the Mississippi, the Natchez is a historic marvel built with comfort in mind.

Atmosphere: Hop on board and her gothic features will immediately transport you back in time! Stroll the beautiful ship in all of its glory, including outdoor decks and seating. Check out the museum-quality engine room and admire the steam technology and intricate pipework that delivers the power to the paddlewheel! Enjoy breathtaking views of the city as you cruise the Mississippi and enjoy a night of great food and music.

Food & Entertainment: Join the Grammy nominated “Dukes of Dixieland” as they rock the ship from point A to point B and feast on a casual buffet style dinner with something for everyone! Enjoy a drink at the cash bar, do a little dancing, and definitely save some room for the famous Paddlehweeler Bread Pudding with white chocolate sauce!

Details: This 2 hour tour is brought to you by the New Orleans Steamboat Company. Nightly tours depart at 7PM from 400 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

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