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Harbor Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez with Optional Creole Lunch

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a Mississippi river cruise on the authentic paddlewheel steamboat Natchez
  • See the famous landmarks of New Orleans from the river
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    2 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 11:30am & 2:30pm. (Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to cruise departure time)

    Meeting Point

    The cruise departs from the Lighthouse Ticket Office located at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), only 1 block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the mighty Mississippi river on an authentic paddlewheel steamboat. The historic steamboat Natchez is one of the only six authentic steamboats left on the Mississippi river in New Orleans.

    Cruise down the Mississippi River while hearing the beautiful music of its calliope (a musical instrument powered by steam that is atop the steamboat.)

    Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back when cotton was king and life was slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. The steamboat Natchez shows you New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen - from the river.

    You also have the choice to sample some local cuisine by opting for the Creole Buffet Lunch option.

    This tour is being operated by our key partner, Gray Line New Orleans,which is one of the world's leaders in sightseeing tours and ground transportation.

    Itinerary

    The steamboat cruise departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf, where Toulouse Street meets the Mississippi River. Boarding is 30 minutes prior to departure time.

    Enjoy a delightful, old-fashioned steam calliope concert 15 minutes prior to boarding.

    Board the Steamboat Natchez and experience the mighty Mississippi River from the deck of one of six authentic paddlewheel steamboats left in it. See New Orleans, one of the world’s most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river aboard New Orleans’s only authentic steamboat, the Steamboat Natchez.

    Live narration of historical facts and highlights of the port of New Orleans will make this cruise informative as well as entertaining.

    Tour the historic steam engine room and learn how steam powers the engines to turn the paddlewheel and provide the energy for the delightful tunes of the calliope, also known as a ‘steam organ’ or a ‘steam piano’.

    Begin your cruise from the heart of the French Quarter and go back to a time when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current of the Mississippi.

    Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

    The cruise returns to the starting point at the end of the tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 2-hour cruise on board Steamboat Natchez
    • Live narration
    • Creole Lunch (if option selected)
    • Calliope concert 15 minutes prior to boarding

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Children under 6 (not occupying a seat on tours) are free of charge but charged for food on cruises.

    Please note that a gift shop and cash bar are available but not included in the cost of this cruise.

    Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to cruise departure time

    Schedule and availability are subject to change. Please call the local operator on arrival in New Orleans to confirm schedule.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Nice relaxing cruise

      Overall, a very nice, relaxing cruise. It was a very hot day but the dining area was nice and cool. The entertainment was excellent....

      Robert Graziano
    • Natchez harbor cruise

      We had a very enjoyable 2 hours on the Steam Boat Natchez. The weather was perfect and the lunch was very tasty. The captain gave a running commentary as we progressed up the...

      R R Digby