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New Orleans, United States
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 Sampler 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Anyone looking to book a group of 9 or more should contact the booking site directly. Different rates apply.
  • 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 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

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star-5
Clazzylady crew❤️🥰
Frankie_T
, Aug 2022
Enjoy the ride that atmosphere music much needed outting the price well enjoyed trips ❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰😘😘
star-5
Sailing down the Mississippi
Natasha_T
, Aug 2022
Although quite hot, the day was enjoyable. Our Guide was informative and fellow guests were nice. We will do this again when returning to New Orleans.
star-5
Lovely trip
Julie_A
, Aug 2022
Amazing trip. We really enjoyed this trip, it gave us a view of the city from the river. Plenty of places to sit. Was nice to try the food
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you Julie!
star-5
Great experience
Ian_R
, Aug 2022
It was a beautiful experience from beginning to end, well organized, informative and exciting. The crew was world class and it is also a great value, a must experience for anyone visiting New Orleans. A++
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Ian, can't wait to share with the crew. Thank you
star-2
No cruises scheduled until Friday
donna_k
, Aug 2022
We showed up on Tuesday 8/9 for a cruise on the River and we were told there were none scheduled until Friday 8/12. We got paper tickets for Friday but we will have to see if we get to go. Weather is not great here in New Orleans this week
star-5
Perfect day on the water!
Alysa_S
, Aug 2022
Highly family friendly. Wonderful Views. Delicious food. Courteous and welcoming staff. We thoroughly enjoyed learning the history of the river & the people who built this city. Worth every penny
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Families are always welcome on the Riverboat - we are a family owned and operated company.
star-4
Fun activity in NOLA
Yan_E
, Aug 2022
It is a fun experience with lunch included as well, although it is a budget lunch. It is worth for the money and time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Its a casual lunch and a casual cruise on the River. Thank you for sailing with us.
star-4
Nice ride
David_W
, Aug 2022
Enjoying the sights and the music also narrator was great. Would of been better if it wasn’t raining
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for the stars. Unfortunately we still don't know how to turn off the summer showers.
star-3
So So Boat Trip
David_F
, Aug 2022
Found the trip really boring. If you never been on a paddle boat it might have been a bit more interesting. The food was terrible (Shrimp PoyBoy) and expensive.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We are disappointed that you were bored, but perhaps the casual cruise was not your expectation. I assume you ate at the snack bar as that is not part of our daily lunch. We hope you spoke with a manager if the sandwich was unacceptable.
star-3
Unhappy
Carolyn_M
, Aug 2022
I didn't enjoy the boat, because it rain and everyone had to pile on the inside. The food that was offered was extremely high.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Carolyn, unfortunately we cannot control the weather so guests could be seated outside. I assume you visited the snack bar and were not pleased with the offerings.
star-5
21st Memory
Kendra_M
, Aug 2022
The steamboat ride will always be memorable. We did get rain, thunder and lightning but the view was beautiful. My daughter love every minute and the guest were so friendly during the ride.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Kendra, thank you and we are so pleased your daughter enjoyed the cruise as well.
star-5
I scheduled the brunch...
Robert_C
, Aug 2022
I scheduled the brunch trip to celebrate my wife’s birthday. This was definitely a great way to stay out of the heat. The staff was very helpful and attentive. There is an elevator on board to help you get from level to level. It was not crowded so there was plenty of room to move around. We will definitely do this again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Robert we are thrilled that your wife shared her birthday with us. Please come back again.
star-5
It was a nice mini tour...
Franchelle_B
, Aug 2022
It was a nice mini tour on the Mississippi,The lunch was delicious and the band kept your foot tappin!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you and we hope to see you again.
star-4
Fun family activity!
Stacy_M
, Aug 2022
Fun family activity! Wonderful and friendly staff. A little of everything…..scenic, educational, entertaining…..good food and music.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Stacy
star-5
A must do in New Orleans !
Catherine_M
, Aug 2022
Staff was so pleasant and the jazz music was great to hear during the way back. The narrative was so interesting and informative. A great time!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We appreciate your wonderful reveiw on the music and narration.
star-5
The whole cruise was...
SHARON_F
, Aug 2022
The whole cruise was memorable for me, my husband and our children. That’s it for me. Thank you all so much. I don’t like being pressured to say more.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Mississippi River and Band
mickey
, Aug 2022
Great time on the paddle wheel, love being on the river. Missed the tour guide that was on the Natchez, we last took 5 yrs ago, the Captain did the narrating. Captain knew his facts, still missing the energy.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We have a few narrators so I am sorry this one was not all you remembered, but thank you for returning.
star-5
A great experience
Issiah_W
, Jul 2022
Being able to hear the story behind some of the spots that we passed by was really rewarding. How special pleased to hear about how Domino sugar was started and how it is one of the world's largest producers of sugar in the United States
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Domino Sugar is an essential part of history. Over a hundred years and still producing a sweet Louisiana taste.
star-4
Just the complete ride...
Boderick_N
, Jul 2022
Just the complete ride and the hearing the history that was narrated. Viewing parts of the city from the river
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for cruising with us.
star-5
Amazing cruise
Marian_M
, Jul 2022
I enjoyed the Natchez Harbor Cruise. The Mississippi River is impressive in person. I had a great time
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for cruising with us.

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