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New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience, journeying back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic riverboat for a morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional tableside lunch (additional expense).
  • Riverboat harbor cruise
  • See the bustling activity of America's second largest port
  • Select option to add on a delicious tableside meal for mid-day departure
  • View the skyline of 'The Crescent City' from the decks or climate-controlled comfort of the riverboat

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With an optional tableside lunch, this daytime cruise on an authentic steamboat is a hit with families.
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2 Hour Paddlewheel Cruise
Live Commentary Onboard
Live Jazz Music
Creole Tableside Lunch (if option selected)
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Gratuities
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

The tour begins at the Gray Line “Lighthouse” ticket office at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

This activity will end right where it started.
Guarantee a spot on this popular cruise by booking a ticket in advance. Choose a morning or afternoon start time and head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful riverboat. The historic vessel particularly appeals to boat enthusiasts and history buffs, who can linger over the vintage decor.

Stroll the deck as the riverboat begins its cruise along the Mississippi River. Then, find a seat in the cabin or outside, where you can admire unobstructed views of the striking ‘Crescent City’ shoreline and enjoy live jazz music. Learn some riverside history as you pass sites like the Chalmette Battlefield, where the famous pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte teamed with Andrew Jackson to defeat British invaders in the Battle of New Orleans. 

Purchase an optional tableside lunch to sample an array of sumptuous Louisiana fare, from cornmeal-crusted fish and red beans and rice to Natchez’s signature bread pudding and fresh fruit. Coffee and tea are included with your lunch, or you may purchase adult beverages.

Your river cruise ends back at the departure point in New Orleans with plenty of time to sightsee!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Steamboat NATCHEZ
The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites, while also exploring the newly renovated riverboat addition to our family. You also have the option to add on a delicious lunch. The Riverboat “CITY of NEW ORLEANS,” uniquely New Orleans - welcome aboard!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mississippi River
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 us with any questions before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Cruise is suitable for wheelchairs, but restrooms stalls are not wide enough to accommodate and there are no elevators on board.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • The riverboat cruises rain or shine.
  • Due to local Covid ordinances, access to the jazz band may be limited when they are moved indoors due to inclement weather.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As of September 2021, all passengers are required to show evidence of receiving one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PRC test taken no more that 72 hours prior to boarding.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 500 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The harbor cruise departs from Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery in the heart of the French Quarter (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:There are parking lots in the French Quarter on Decatur Street and adjacent to the dock. These lots offer hourly or daily parking rates.
Jun 2021
Q:
What time should I arrive for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. It is best to arrive 30 minutes before departure or sooner.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is alcohol available during the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:There are bars available on all three decks for guests 21 and over. Alcoholic beverages include beer, a wine list, and specialty drinks.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise handicap accessible?
A:Yes - the main deck is accessible, however, access to the top & bottom decks is by stairs only, and restroom stalls are not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring an animal with me on the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The Steamboat Natchez allows animals to cruise with their owners as long as they are a Service Animal as defined by the ADA. Other animals/pets are not permitted. Please note if bringing a service animal in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the dress code for the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:All cruises are casual attire.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available during the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke during the New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The Steamboat Natchez is a non-smoking vessel, so unfortunately smoking and vaping are prohibited both indoors and on the outer decks.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If it is a misty/drizzly day, get in line early to find a seat inside or in a covered area." See review
  • "If traveling with young children, you may want to take noise-cancelling earphones, as the horn that sounds upon leaving port, re-entering, or passing another boat is very loud, jolting, and prolonged." See review
  • "There’s plenty of seating, no need to hurry up and queue up to score a seat." See review

Reviews

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1,873 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
Only so-so
John_S
, Oct 2021
Boat was nice and music great but scenery not so much. All you saw were industrial sites, and old boats, and debris
star-5
A in customer service
darren_w
, Oct 2021
The staff , especially the narrator, were absolutely terrific! Everyone went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed the trip!
star-5
Mississippi River start to finish
Violet_H
, Oct 2021
Just being here. I loved the band. we were celebrating my sister's 78th birthday. I have now seen the Mississippi from the start{head waters at Itasca state park MN} to the end, via the "City of New Orleans" paddle boat. Thank you for a great experience.
star-5
The cruise was very...
Hannah_W
, Oct 2021
The cruise was very organized and crew very friendly. The brunch had a tasty gumbo and a fresh salad. Afternoon drinks available from sodas to mimosas. Great time !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Been there - done that.
Ilse_T
, Oct 2021
We had a good time and nice weather for this fun cruise. The dine-in option was very nice and well organized. Good food. The sight seeing options while cruising were minimal- but the entertainment was cute.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for joining us on the Harbor Cruise!
star-5
Relaxing on the Mississippi
Laurie_B
, Oct 2021
It was a nice, relaxing cruise. The narration was good, but hard to hear in certain areas of the decks.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for the5 bubble review! We will certainly ask the Captain to do some sound checks too.
star-4
Harbor Cruise
Maureen_C
, Oct 2021
The steamboat tour of the harbor was very well organized. Even with showing proof of vaccination and a long line, we moved quickly on the boat. The staff was very friendly. The jazz music added to the New Orleans feel. We learned a great deal about the river itself, the history, and the businesses along the river.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review. Our staff is working to make the city regulations on vaccine check move as quickly as possible.
star-5
The brunch was fantastic....
Eva_L
, Oct 2021
The brunch was fantastic. The staff very quickly combined tables for our party of 21! They were amazing.
star-4
Down home experience! Takes you back in time!
Rebecca_C
, Oct 2021
The band is amazing and they pour a great drink! It really made you feel like you were back in time. The band was excellent!
star-5
We had a great time! The...
Tara_R
, Sep 2021
We had a great time! The jazz band was fantastic. We were also pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was. Not sure there's a better way to spend a Sunday morning than floating down the Mississippi River on this cruise. Highly recommend.

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