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Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez with Optional Dinner

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    Boarding begins: 6:00pm
    Cruise departs: 7:00pm

  • 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.
  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a romantic evening Mississippi cruise on an authentic paddlewheel steamboat
  • Live jazz will be performed by the world-renowned Dukes of Dixieland
  • Take in beautiful views of the skyline of New Orleans from the water
  • Make the evening even more magical with an optional buffet dinner
  • The tour operator Gray Line New Orleans, is one of the world leaders in sightseeing tours


Enjoy a 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 have the option to add a buffet dinner which offers many local specialties.

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.


The steamboat cruise departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf, where Toulouse Street meets the Mississippi River. Boarding begins one hour before departure time.

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.

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.

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’.

Upgrade to the dinner option to enjoy casual buffet style dining while listening to live jazz by the world- renowned Dukes of Dixieland.

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


  • 2-hour Paddle-wheel Boat Cruise
  • Calliope Concert
  • Entertainment by the Grammy Nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • Optional Dinner (if selected)
  • Engine Room is Open for Self Guided Tour
  • Local taxes


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities and Alcoholic Beverages

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Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

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

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

Redeem your voucher at the ticket window for a boarding pass.

Cruise Substitution ? : Should it be deemed necessary, the New Orleans Steamboat Company reserves the right to substitute either vessel in place of the other (Steamboat NATCHEZ & Riverboat CITY OF NEW ORLEANS) for any reason, at any time. No refunds will be issued for vessel substitution.

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

Customer Reviews

  • Kathy Hunt

    very relaxing....****** mary was great!!

    United States 07/10/2018
  • Leroy Steinman
    Very popular, crowded cruise.

    We have been on a few dinner cruises before, but nothing like this one. There were so many people, we had to eat in two shifts. First shift started a hour before the cruise...

    United States 06/09/2018
  • Kendra Beavis

    We did both the hop on hop off bus and the steam boat dinner cruise. Both experiences were fantastic. We had so much fun. If you're using the bus just for transportation make...


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