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Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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Travel like the residents of New Orleans did decades ago when you step aboard the historic Natchez steamboat on this Mississippi River cruise. After you depart from Natchez Harbor, listen to entertaining commentary on the sights that pass by as you stroll the expansive deck, enjoy live jazz music in the main dining area, and check out the churning paddle wheel in action. Upgrade to include a lunch buffet.
You'll start at
Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAThe 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.
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    Steamboat NATCHEZ
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Mississippi River
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You'll end at
Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAThe 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.
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  • Ride an historic steamboat on the Mississippi River 
  • Book ahead to guarantee your spot on this popular river cruise 
  • Listen to informative commentary from the captain 
  • Upgrade to include a traditional New Orleans lunch buffet 
  • Listen to live jazz music as you watch the scenery pass
What to Expect
Choose a morning or afternoon departure time at booking, and then make your way to New Orleans’ French Quarter on the day of your trip to exchange your voucher for tickets at the kiosk at Toulouse Street.  Once on board, explore the historic boat's vintage accents, such as the period decorations and the museum-quality engine room. Stroll the decks to take in the Mississippi River scenery and views of the city of New Orleans passing by. For the journey out, find a seat indoors to listen to live jazz in the main dining area, or opt to sit outside for narration on passing historic sites, such as Chalmette Battlefield. The return journey features music throughout the boat. If you opt to upgrade to the lunch option, your journey includes a buffet lunch, made up of traditional New Orleans fare. End up back at your original starting point, with plenty of time left in the day to continue exploring the French Quarter or beyond.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2 Hour Paddlewheel Cruise
  • Live Commentary Onboard
  • Live Jazz Music
  • Creole Lunch Buffet (if option selected)
  • Local Taxes
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ cruises rain or shine.
  • 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 Steamboat NATCHEZ 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fowler-Heard wrote a review Today
London32 contributions16 helpful votes
My friends and I had a fantastic time aboard Steamboat Natchez. It was my partner’s 40th birthday and this was the best surprise of the day - the Harbour Jazz Cruise before heading for lunch. The rum punch was pretty potent, be warned! The live band were great. No complaints
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Date of experience: July 2019
Mooshele616 wrote a review Yesterday
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was there on a Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed sitting outside by myself. I had a cocktail. I did not get a meal. The tour was informative and beautiful
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Date of experience: July 2019
108shaned wrote a review Yesterday
Vernon57 contributions14 helpful votes
We were on our first trip to New Orleans and did not have a lot of time. The Harbor Cruise was an option and we decided to try it which turned out to be a great choice. It was a nice tour and well worth the time/money.
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Date of experience: July 2019
innastopper wrote a review Yesterday
Fareham, United Kingdom1 contribution
sat up on deck and enjoyed the views, all staff were really friendly. I went downstairs to see how the paddles worked and the chap down there answered all my questions. Did not eat any food so unable to comment personally but everyone seemed to be enjoying it from what i could
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Date of experience: July 2019
mak12345 wrote a review Yesterday
Longmont, Colorado14 contributions8 helpful votes
This was a fun and informative ride on the Mississippi. We traveled down river and were told of interesting facts about the areas we were passing. Going back up river there was music and much relaxing scenery. We would do it again.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Great tour!
Reviewing pictures when we got home, we did get a picture of one at the old pharmacy. We would do this again. Gre
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I went on this excursion by myself, and it was a lot of fun! The tour guide shared a lot of historical facts, and i
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Excellent Tour and Tour Guide
An excellent museum, exhibits, and narratives of slavery, how the migration of slaves started, and the life of ensl
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Swamp and plantation tour
Our tour guide was Jim (with one m). Very good tour guide, witty and funny and very informative. Bus driver was als
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This trip did not happen was cancelled by the operator.
We arrived on time to find the trip canceled through a mechanical fault on the boat, the girl at the desk booked us
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Great excursion!
We loved everything about this cruise: the buffet dinner, the Dukes of Dixieland jazz band, the steam calliope as
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Linda S
Great tour but rug up when cold
We loved the steam boat dinner cruise. Food was yummy, some was not to our liking but there was plenty of food to n
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Birthday Visit
Had a wonderful night aboard the Steamboat Natchez. We came out for my Aunts birthday and I was looking for family
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What a wonderful tour, all around. We wanted to spend sometime away from the city and we are very much into history
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Small bumps but great history
At the Whitney, our guide was very dry but knowledgeable. Learned a lot that you never will in any history class. N
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Darlene L
Anniversary Dinner
Great cruise with wonderful music and staff. Dinner and dessert were amazing. I definitively would reccomend thi
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Marta T
Whitney and Oak Alley
Our driver was excellent and knew his stuff! He was also entertaining with his stories. The tour guide was very goo
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Betsy was informative and wonderful!
This was a great trip. She shares information about places, and areas. She took us through the community - amazin
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Walking Garden District tour
Great tour and tour guide, Daniel. At some point everyone traveling to New Orleans needs to do the Garden District
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2 Plantation, Swamp And lunch
Great value! Don't hesitate. If you plan to visit a plantation and the swamp this is the way to do it. Nancy too
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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