New Orleans Jazz Cruise: Steamboat NATCHEZ Experience
3,894 Ratings
New Orleans
Experience the enchanting sights and sounds of river life on the New Orleans Jazz Cruise aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ. Board the riverboat and enjoy a delightful journey with live jazz music and a delicious lunch. Book now!
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more

View the ever-changing skyline of ‘The Crescent City’ from the sunny decks or climate-controlled comfort of the majestic Steamer Natchez. Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where the legendary Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defend the city against the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

You also have the option to add on a delicious buffet lunch.

Points of Interest

  • Gray Line New Orleans
What's Included
  • 2-hour paddlewheel cruise
  • Early boarding, 30 minutes before departure
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Optional Creole-inspired lunch
  • Live jazz music by the Steamboat Stompers
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Available for Purchase)
Additional Information

Set foot on your river cruise to the charming melodies of the Steam Calliope. Witness the scenes and echoes of river living that fascinated figures of history and literature, akin to Mark Twain’s characters Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Observe the busy actions of the second-largest port in America!

Please be aware that boarding of the boat starts at 11:00am and the boat leaves punctually at 11:30am. We have two time slots for lunch - 11:00am and 12:15pm. If you decide on the earlier lunch slot, we kindly ask you to arrive about 10:45 am and directly proceed to the dining area upon entering the ship.

  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ is handclapped accessible to the main deck and restrooms only.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • The riverboat cruises rain or shine.
  • Anyone looking to book a group of 9 or more should contact the booking site directly. Different rates apply.
  • Should the Steamboat NATCHEZ need to take time off, her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic experience of a grand paddlewheeler on a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi.
Gray Line New Orleans
Toulouse Street
Departs from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River, just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Please arrive 15 minutes before boarding.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 8, 2024
A must to enjoy - Best trip ever and the food was great along with the jazz bands I recumbent bringing the whole family
Review provided by Viator
Jun 8, 2024
Fun times - Food better than expected. Great tour ... fully recommended. Music also great. Smoth ride... lots of history
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Jun 7, 2024
Wonderful Birthday Outing - Food was phenomenal! Cruise was smooth and very informative! Marion was a very friendly and great member of the staff!
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Apr 28, 2024
Daytime jazz cruise - Great tour, plenty of seating, narration of sights was easy to understand. We were outside on 2nd deck and were still able to hear the jazz band.
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Mar 11, 2024
Had a great time - Music was great. food was very good and plentiful. Got to check out the engine room. Felt like Louis Armstrong could have been there.
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Jun 8, 2024
Steamboat experience - Must do in New Orleans. The main attraction is the steamboat itself. Not to much to see during the cruise but the boat and music are great.
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May 30, 2024
Muddy waters - The crew were fantastic, the boat was wonderfully authentic, the music vibrant and the food was generous and tasty. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate - a thunderstorm started just as we started our lovely lunch, preventing the crew from safely taking us out on the river. They did offer for us to ride on the next sailing as compensation.
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Apr 15, 2024
Titanic on the Natchez Steamboat! 😬 - The music, history and staff were wonderful! Our lunch table, close to the band, was not. To seat all four of us, two tables where on was on a major titanic slant, we kept sliding off our chairs. Not cool for $60 🤭
Review provided by Viator
Mar 20, 2024
Gold review - Great afternoon jazz cruise with interesting and informative commentary. Drinks were reasonable and accessible. We didn't have the lunch so I can't comment on that . Just don't sit under the horn!!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Mar 12, 2024
Average - This tour was ok not sure it is worth it because for the money that you pay to see very little. This is my personal opinion
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024