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New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans

New Orleans: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans
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From US$ 89 per person

Listen to the cool jazz of the Dukes Trio onboard a steamboat. Depart from the heart of the French Quarter and journey down the slow and graceful Mississippi river. Enjoy a dinner cruise and savor the flavors of New Orleans.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a cruise aboard the only surviving authentic steamboat in New Orleans
  • Relax to the sounds of the Dukes Trio
  • Savor a Southern style buffet (if option chosen)
  • Enjoy views over New Orleans
Full description

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.

  • 2-hour cruise by boat
  • Buffet dinner (if option selected)
  • Live music by the Dukes Trio
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

You must check in at the local partner's, Gray Line, Lighthouse Ticket Office at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River, at the Steamboat NATCHEZ Dock. It is located one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The Steamboat Natchez does not qualify for producing gluten-free meals as established by the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization), and therefore must decline a guest's request for a special meal
  • Children under 6 (not occupying a seat on tours) come free of charge but are charged for food on cruises
  • Periodically, Steamboat Natchez will be out of service for her yearly Coast Guard inspections and general maintenance. All cruises during this time will take place on her sister vessel - the Riverboat City of New Orleans
  • There are two seating times for dinner: The first dinner seating is from 6pm-7:15pm, and the second dinner seating is from 7:45-9pm
  • Check with the hostess upon boarding for dining assistance
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

based on 1062 reviews

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Perfect first night event. We got dinner and dessert then headed up to the top level to enjoy the live jazz band and the views. The captain talked about some of the historic buildings you saw along the Mississippi as well as explaining some of the boats we passed. It was an extremely enjoyable experience. I would recommend a light jacket for once the sun goes down.

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April 25, 2022

The cruise was great but the food service was well ehh. The understaffing really hurt matters with a lot of people including ourselves. There were also items out of stock by the time we had a chance to get in line which people were just getting in on their own and not waiting. It just seemed very unorganized. It sure seemed as though it lacked supervision or oversight. I have experience in this and it takes on the spot decision making and adjusting to the current situation. It had very little. Overall it was nice but we could've just spent less and ate somewhere else.

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April 14, 2022

Nice paddle wheel boat. The captain did great job giving details of a paddle wheeler and the surrounding New Orleans history. Got to watch sunset on the Mississippi. Dinner is also available for a price. Nice little gift shop on board. A great evening adventure! Crew even will take pictures of you before sailing to commemorate.

April 13, 2022

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