New Orleans

Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option

New Orleans, USA

From $55.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Journey through time on a paddle-wheel boat ride along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends, and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner (if option selected) and live jazz music.
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River from New Orleans
  • Listen to live jazz music performed by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • Take in incredible views of the city skyline
  • Savor a Creole-inspired buffet dinner (if option selected)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Shoreline views are enhanced by a Creole dinner and Dixie tunes on this sunset ride.

Sample Menu


Natchez Tossed Salad

Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red onions & croutons with sugar cane vinaigrette & served family style


Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Made with a traditional Louisiana roux, served with rice


Louisiana Fried Chicken Thighs


Crawfish Etouffee

A rich crawfish stew atop a bed of rice


New Orleans Bread Pudding

Souffle of local Leidenheimer French bread in a rich custard with Chef’s Choice of decadent sauce

What's Included

  • 2-hour Paddle-wheel Boat Cruise
  • Calliope Concert
  • Entertainment by the Grammy Nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • Live narration of the history of New Orleans and the Mississippi River
  • Southern style dinner buffet (if option selected)
  • Restroom on board
  • Enclosed Climate Controlled Area
  • Groups must be booked as one reservation
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase)

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line New Orleans
    Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Boarding begins at 6pm and departs at 7pm. The boat will return at 9pm. The band begins at 6pm, so be sure to arrive early!

Start time

07:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter and board your beautiful riverboat. This paddlewheel ship — one of the last of its kind in New Orleans — will transport you back to the 19th century when ports bustled with produce-laden cargo ships, steamboats, and clandestine privateering.

Take a stroll along the deck as you begin the journey along the Mississippi River. Then have a seat in the cabin or on the outside deck, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking shoreline at dusk, and soak up some live jazz tunes from the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland, a true New Orleans-style band.

As for dinner, your Creole-inspired meal might includes favorites like from chicken and sausage gumbo and cheesy penne pasta. Top it off with signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea.

Your evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter.

Please Note: The "starting from" price displayed is based on the cruise only option.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • 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 before finalizing your plans if you have questions on access or personal equipment.
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat.
  • The tour cruises rain or shine.
  • Anyone looking to book a group of 15 or more should contact the booking site directly. Different rates apply.
  • Should the Steamboat NATCHEZ become unavailable, her sister vessel will operate the cruise.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 500 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:The evening jazz 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 Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

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 Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. It is best to arrive 30 minutes before departure or sooner.

Jun 2021

Q:Are vegetarian options available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:Yes - There are vegetarian selections including Natchez tossed salad, Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, Pasta Primavera, Garlic Rolls, Bananas Foster and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Jun 2021

Q:Is alcohol available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

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 Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option 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 Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

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 Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:"Dressy Casual" is recommended for the Dinner Jazz Cruise based on the decor and service.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I smoke during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?

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

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5,326 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Great dinner & jazz evening riverboat cruise.
Shane_G, Apr 2024
I arranged this dinner & jazz evening riverboat cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We loved the food, the music, & the scenery. I was hoping there would be space for dancing, but it seems that a large group of band students took up all the dance floor space in front of the band. We still had a great time.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Happy Anniversary once again. During the school break we sometimes have groups of choirs and bands in town for a competition and they love to ride the steamboat.
Great tour minus the service
Carmen_P, Apr 2024
The reason for the four star is the overall experience was great. But the service at dinner was horrible. Our server ignored us through out most of the meal. She served others around us and forgot we were there. Brought one dessert and took about 10 minutes to bring the other. After she finally took our credit card for payment it was 15 minutes and we could not find her. We were the last ones in the dining room. Someone has to go looking for her so we could get our card
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for letting us know about your server. Please accept our apology and we will once again remind staff of the importantance of attention to detail.
Worth a trip
Elizabeth_D, Apr 2024
The band were entertaining and talented. Could not hear the information being said over the tannoy, the bar was well stocked but the queue initially was excessive but was dealt with quickly
Christine_E, Apr 2024
The band was amazing and the people onboard were great fun however I suggest people take their jackets with them as it turns very chilly
Ok if nothing better to do.
Allan_T, Apr 2024
This is one of the things you have to do in n NOLA. However the cruise is short. The scenery industrial and half the crowd was drunk or getting there. Food was standard conference fare, not bad but not good. Music was well done but loud.
Wonderful music and stunning views
Emily_C, Apr 2024
Absolutely fantastic! The band was incredible, the views were beautiful, and the boat ride was iconic! One of my favorite New Orleans experiences!
Great outing with friends
Alice_S, Apr 2024
Great trip! This is the second time I’ve done it, brought my friends with this time. Relaxing, informative, with great views.
Golden Coral On The Water!
Glenn_P, Apr 2024
The cruise was extremely short and rushed. By the time dinner was over, we were docked, therefore we never really experienced the Jazzy part of the cruise. Never saw the band. It was not worth the money!
Save your money
Venessa_R, Apr 2024
I can’t say I would do it again. The Friday evening cruise was over crowded and uneventful. We made the mistake of sitting on the river side of the boat instead of the land side when departing. This caused us to miss everything the narrator was talking about upon leaving the dock. The jazz band’s music sounded as those the piano was the only instrument that was in the speakers. As a result the music was also lack lust. The over abundance of seats (I’m sure to accommodate the greatest number of passengers) on the deck and the middle school children who were allowed free rein of the boat made it miserable for the other guests. It’s a great novelty but save your money, you can see the Mississippi River, tankers, and refineries from the shore.
Best time ever
Debra_B, Apr 2024
The band and great view was amazing. I would definitely do it again. The drinks and the food were get out of here crazy.
Perfect night for a cruise
Joyce_W, Apr 2024
This is a must do when you’re in New Orleans! The steam operated organ on top of the ship welcome you aboard. The buffet dinner was a nice opportunity to try Creole cuisine. It was a beautiful night for a cruise up the Mississippi river with many highlights along the way. The return trip gives you a great view of the city at night. We would highly recommend experiencing this!
corinnagillon_r, Apr 2024
couldn’t hear the band at all !!!! lot of noise drowned out the vibe. bamd took more breaks than Creole Queen. they need speakers outside where we got stuck sitting :(
The lines was long,...
LaQuinda_C, Apr 2024
The lines was long, bathrooms was not clean. In the area where we purchase drinks, it smelled like poop. Not a good experience
Big easy good time fun loving!!
Harman_C, Apr 2024
The Dixieland jazz music in the sun setting over New Orleans, and the food was all amazing. We were there for our anniversary cruise with no regrets. It was phenomenal!!
Great dinner cruise
Lindsey_W, Apr 2024
Our family started our NOL trip with a dinner cruise. It was such a great time. Dinner was excellent. All staff were so kind.
Bad food Steamboat
Linda_H, Apr 2024
This was on my bucket list. The dinner was horrible. Only thing edible was corn. I noticed many people left their food on plates. The bread pudding was good. A lot of money for food you can't .. Staff kind and courteous.
A night on the Mississippi
Evelyn_S, Apr 2024
Loved the Steamboat band, staff and dining options. The history, sites and the music was great! Really enjoyed the experience and meeting people from all parts of the country. I recommend the Steamboat Natchez, for a fun time on the Mississippi!
The food was excellent...
Elaine_A, Apr 2024
The food was excellent and the service great. Also, the cruise down the Mississippi, although short, was wonderful. Great cruise for family, couples, or even a solo excursion.
Deborah_G, Apr 2024
So peaceful, with music in the background. Also being able to see the engine room. Great to sit and relax at the end of a day.of traveling.
Timothy_S, Apr 2024
It was a very nice experience the service and people were great. Seeing New Orleans at night was beautiful and peaceful.

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