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New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

1. New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

Journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez – the only surviving authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Sit back, relax and enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere as the smooth jazz of the Dukes Trio fills your ears. This 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter will take you along the graceful Mississippi River. Seating is available indoors and on deck for the very best views of the river and the City of New Orleans. The indoor areas are climate-controlled and the outdoor space allows for tours of all levels of the boat. There is nothing more charming than an evening on the Steamboat Natchez. Ending back where you started, leave your cruise feeling invigorated by the Mississippi's fresh air. Sample Dinner Menu Natchez Tossed Salad: Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette and served family style Chicken and Sausage Gumbo: Made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice Baked Chicken: Served with a mushroom ragout Bayou Seafood Pasta: Crawfish tails and shrimp tossed in a white wine and garlic Parmesan cream sauce with penne Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes: Fingerling potatoes roasted with fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic and ground pepper Pasta Primavera: Fusilli pasta, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, in a zesty basil pesto Green Beans Almondine: Southern style green beans topped with toasted almond slivers White Chocolate Bread Pudding: A soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in a rich custard with a decadent white chocolate sauce Bananas Foster: A New Orleans original. Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. Served warm atop vanilla ice cream Garlic Rolls Community Coffee and Iced Tea included Menu items are subject to change by season and availability.

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New Orleans: Steamboat Jazz Cruise with Optional Brunch

2. New Orleans: Steamboat Jazz Cruise with Optional Brunch

Journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez, the only surviving authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Sit back, relax and enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere as smooth jazz fills your ears. The 2-hour cruise sets sail from the heart of the French Quarter and seating is available indoors and on deck for the very best views of the river and city. The indoor areas are climate-controlled and the outdoor space allows for tours of all levels of the boat. There is nothing more charming than an evening on the Steamboat Natchez. Sunday Brunch Menu Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice Natchez Tossed Salad, mixed greens, tomato, cucumbers, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette Shrimp and Grits, shrimp sautéed with onion, bell pepper, and garlic served alongside hot butter grits Grillades and Grits "Gree-yahds", a traditional Creole dish with braised beef and homemade brown gravy, over stone-ground "corn" cooked to a smooth texture Crescent City Eggs, baked egg casserole with spinach, red onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, andouille sausage, green onions and cheese Turkey Sausage Patties Pain Perdu Thick Cut Bread, slices soaked in sweet custard mix, cinnamon swirl, and whipped cream topping, the French cousin of America's "French Toast" O' Brien Potatoes, served with peppers and onions Creole Creamed Spinach, spinach with mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese Mini Croissants and Biscuits, served with jellies and preserves Fruit Salad Bananas Foster, a New Orleans original! Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. Served warm atop vanilla ice cream.  White Chocolate Bread Pudding, a soufflé of local Leidenheimer French bread in rich custard with a decadent white chocolate sauce Community Coffee and Iced Tea included *Menu items are subject to change

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Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

3. Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

Visit the landmarks of Memphis and be fascinated as the city comes to life through stories and explanations. Your guide will help you discover the top spots including Peabody Hotel, the Memphis Pyramid, and Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was murdered. Begin your day with a hotel pickup from downtown Memphis. Be seated in a mini coach-bus to meet your guide. Begin the tour passing by the statues of B.B. King and Elvis Presley and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop at A. Schwab for your local buys, an institution that sells all things Memphis—from regional arts and crafts to dry goods, magic potions, candies, books, magazines, and more. Pass by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Continue to the Memphis Pyramid, which is now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” that resembles an Egyptian pyramid and is filled with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range. From there, stop at the Peabody Memphis, a landmark 13-story downtown hotel, famous for having Ducks march every day on a red carpet throughout the reception. Finally, visit Beale Street, voted as the most iconic street in America by USA Today. See the nearly 2 miles of blues clubs and restaurants that make it one of the top tourist attractions in Memphis. Then, take a drive through Victorian Village, a historic neighborhood with homes that were built in the 1800s and alongside cotton row. Discover why this fiber is so important in Memphis' history. If you wish, upgrade your tour to include a cruise along the Mississippi River aboard a paddlewheel boat. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your captain about Memphis and its history. You may also add a tour to Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, where Elvis recorded his first song.

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New Orleans: Louis Armstrong Saturday Brunch Jazz Cruise

4. New Orleans: Louis Armstrong Saturday Brunch Jazz Cruise

Enjoy a creole-style Saturday brunch on the largest riverboat on the majestic Mississippi, the Riverboat Louis Armstrong. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the food, bar, and entertainment. Experience the lively sounds of a traditional live New Orleans Jazz band, captivating live performances by the Mardi Gras Indians, and a Louis Armstrong entertainer who will take you back to the glory days of jazz. Indulge in delicious creole brunch delicacies in an elegant dining room and enjoy a good time on the promenade deck with a classic New Orleans cocktail in hand as you enjoy unparalleled views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline. Itinerary: Total event time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Boarding: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Sailing: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Sample brunch menu: • Watermelon basket of seasonal fresh fruit • Salad Station – mixed greens, tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, artichokes, pecan vinaigrette, creole ranch, and remoulade • Homemade Biscuits - jellies and butter • Home-style potatoes - creole seasoned baby new potatoes with grilled peppers and onions • Breakfast sausage and crispy bacon • Scrambled eggs • Grits bar: southern creamy grits, barbecue shrimp, veal grillades, andouille sausage, applewood bacon, sliced sautéed mushrooms, green onion slivers, chopped tomatoes, asparagus, swiss and cheddar Cheese • Dessert: bananas foster, bread pudding, and petit cheesecakes • Coffee and iced tea

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What people are saying about Mississippi River

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 754 reviews

Cleo and Tran made this cruise a wonderful experience. The food an service was amazing. Thank you 2 for maki.g this an exceptional experience. It appears that this experience focus on providing quality service and it is showing! Will tell my fam about you as a MUST while in the Nola

It was a magical evening. The lights, decorations and staff was welcoming as we boarded the New Orleans. The dinner was delicious, the jazz music was wonderful and the ride and lights of the city were beyond our expectations. Thank you for making our last night fantastic!!

make sure when you buy through Get Your Guide, you read all the fine print. I thought I booked our cruise with the meal. However. the cruise was enjoyable.

It was a great and amazing time! Definitely worth it and the dinner on board was delicious.

I enjoyed celebrating my 55th birthday on the evening jazz cruise.