Steamboat Natchez: Evening Jazz Cruise Experience
5,707 Ratings
New Orleans
Experience the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline on the Evening Jazz Cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Enjoy live jazz, delicious dinner, and breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi River.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Steamboat NATCHEZ - Official Site - Enjoy 1 hour dockside before the riverboat begins her 2-hour cruise down the Mississippi River.
  • Mississippi River - Your riverboat is a time machine that fills its passengers with the romance and marvel of yesteryear! Cruise along the Mississippi River and be whisked away with its atmosphere and ambiance. As you steam ahead, soak in breathtaking views of the city skyline while enjoying a New Orleans cultural experience
  • a live jazz performance performed by the New Orleans band Dukes of Dixieland, a Grammy nominee. If dining option selected, enjoy dining inside or outside, and your Louisiana-style buffet dinner includes tossed salad, chicken and sausage gumbo, rice, baked chicken, bayou seafood pasta, paddlewheel primavera, creole vegetarian jambalaya, herb-garlic fingerling potatoes, green beans almondine, white chocolate bread pudding, bananas foster, and vanilla ice cream. Two separate dining times give you the flexibility to enjoy the evening at your own pace. Please note: cruise with dinner option must be selected in order to confirm that your cruise includes the meal.
What's Included
  • Live narration of New Orleans and Mississippi River history
  • Southern style dinner buffet (optional)
  • Calliope concert
  • 2-hour paddle-wheel boat cruise
  • Entertainment by Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase)
Additional Information

Experience the stunning and romantic sights of the New Orleans skyline on the Dinner Jazz Cruise. Relish in the melodies of the Dukes of Dixieland jazz band and insightful commentary from our captain as you sail the powerful Mississippi River.

Dinner is served in two time slots, so if one isn’t accessible, please verify the availability of the other. The first dinner slot is between 6-7:15pm, and the second between 7:45-9pm. To ensure one table for your group at dinner, make sure to book as a single reservation.

While the Steamboat NATCHEZ is on a break, her sister ship, the Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS, will fill in. You will enjoy the same genuine riverboat experience, a relaxed two-hour voyage on the Mississippi, delighting in traditional live jazz, craft cocktails, and witnessing all the stunning sights of New Orleans. You’ll also get to discover the newly refurbished riverboat. Visit all four decks – the view from the top is a must-see! You also have the option to upgrade your ticket to include the dinner buffet.

  • 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 riverboat is handicap accessible. However, access to the top & bottom decks are by stairs only. Please call before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • The tour cruises rain or shine.
  • Anyone looking to book a group of 15 or more should contact the booking site directly. Different rates apply.
  • Should the Steamboat NATCHEZ become unavailable, her sister vessel will operate the cruise.
Gray Line New Orleans
Toulouse Street
The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Boarding begins at 6pm and departs at 7pm. The boat will return at 9pm. The band begins at 6pm, so be sure to arrive early!
Cancellation Policy

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

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Jun 17, 2024
Good birthday dinner idea - This was a birthday dinner for my wife and we absolutely loved the experience! It was the first either one of us had ever seen a Navy ship up close!! The food, meat was a little on the dry side but the sides were sooooo good….the seafood pasta is a return trip must!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 10, 2024
Had great fun! - Love the boat ride and the food was excellent! The music set the mood perfectly and even though there was a storm that came in, it went through quickly.
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Jun 2, 2024
Beautiful views - Such a fun cruise.. family friendly. Amazing drinks and music. Staff was great. Beautiful pics. Overall very fun and relaxing at the same time.
Review provided by Viator
May 19, 2024
Beautiful one of a kind experience, good food! - This was a wonderful experience. The line moved quickly, definitely get there early. The music was wonderful. We did the dinner and the food was good. It was a bit chaotic for dinner our waitress was nice but took awhile to get drinks and water. You can tell they were working very hard though so even though she forgot a few things for me it did not ruin the experience and another girl helped me out in the end. It was a beautiful boat ride, Jazz band was wonderful, the history and sites we saw from the river were amazing. We would definitely do this again.
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May 14, 2024
Highly recommend - Very enjoyable!! We choose the 6:00 dining and the food was very good. I don't eat a lot of spicy food so my mouth was on FIRE! 🤪 The band was good but not a lot of seating when they play outside so get there quickly if you want to watch. You can hear it through the boat though. When the band breaks the announcer gives you some NOLA history of what you are passing, very interesting. Overall a great and relaxing time.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 8, 2024
Magical Natchez Mississippi - Got there early enough to get a table by the band - enjoyed their first set then it was time for dinner, second seating. A bit unclear what the drill was after we were taken to our table. Enjoyed the salad and gumbo entree. Then a scrum to get mains from the buffet - could have been more organised but the food was good - loved the beef! Getting wine with dinner a bit slow. Then cruising as darkness fell till we berthed, lights twinkling and that horn - sooo loooud!! Disembarkation orderly - all in all a delightful end to our visit to N’awlinz!!
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May 25, 2024
The boat ride was awesome... - The boat ride was awesome and the band did a great job. I was a hit disappointed with the food. The pasta was overcooked and not much of a variety.
Review provided by Viator
May 17, 2024
Great boat cruise with a good buffet! - Very informational trip and the buffet was good. I wish the buffet included soda. Make sure you visit the engine room as that was awesome to see.
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Apr 22, 2024
Worth a trip - The band were entertaining and talented. Could not hear the information being said over the tannoy, the bar was well stocked but the queue initially was excessive but was dealt with quickly
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Jun 25, 2024
Once was enough. - You need to get in line to get on the ship early or you will not get a seat on the ship. The ship is overcrowded & people were standing for the cruise. Fortunately we got on early & got a table & seats. It was a nice time. The food was ok. The ship was too crowded.
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
July 2024