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“Evening jazz on the river..wow” 4 of 5 stars
Review of S.S. Natchez

S.S. Natchez
400 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA (Central Business District)
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Ranked #61 of 171 attractions in New Orleans
Type: Ships
Activities: Nightlife
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Owner description: The Mississippi still caries a few steamboats, one of them is the mighty Natchez.
Timmins, Canada
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“Evening jazz on the river..wow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Booked for early buffet, great selection of food and drink, out on the deck for Irish coffees and riverboat jazz quartet. Simply amazing. 3hours on the river, smooth as glass, dancing under the stars. Very economical. 11 adults and one child just over 600 dollars, but includes food, bar drinks extra, entertainment and a full evening of enjoyment.
Engine room visit a must.
Friendly, knowledgable staff and the narration of the tour is very interesting
Just wish it had been longer
Bring a jacket or wrap, it gets cool on the river at night in the spring

Visited January 2013
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“Jazz Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The boat ride starts at the River Walk, just walk down Toulouse St to the river and you will easily find the boat. The boat sails down the Mississippi River along the shore of New Orleans and has a Jazz Lunch or Jazz Dinner option with a live band playing abroad the boat.

We took the dinner Jazz cruise. There are 2 seatings and the menu is buffet style for each. Your ticket price includes a salad and several entree and side choices. There is a bar and decent bathroom on each level of the ship and a gift shop on the top level. There is also seating on the outside decks along the ship where you can sip your cocktails and watch the Mississippi River views go by. There is no formal attire requirement for the dinner cruise.

The boat's dinner house band (I'm not sure if they are also the lunch band) is The Dukes of Dixieland and they were wonderful. Both the band and the boat staff were friendly and took the time to chat with us and recommended several area attractions to see. There are tables set up in front of the bar by where the band plays and a small dance floor so you can listen to the band during the dinner service that you are not eating at.

The only complaint I have is that I wish the cruise was longer so we could have enjoyed more of the wonderful music.

Visited February 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Steamboat Natchez is Steam Driven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I liked the friendly staff. They were more than willing to answer any questions. The engine room is great.

Visited December 2012
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“Very sweet attraction”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We didn't have the food and really didn't listen to the music much. Just enjoyed the ride on the Mississippi and listened to the narration. My traveling companion REALLY want to do this so I was happy to go along. Nice to watch the paddle wheel and probably lots of fun for kids. Interesting to learn about the use of the river for commerce, but otherwise, no great shakes.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice to take a steamboat on the Mississippi...but”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

There a pros and cons to this trip. On the positive side it is a nice relaxing way to take lunch, listen to jazz and learn a little about life on the river. Interesting to visit the engine room and see the paddle wheel in action.

On the downside, the food 'buffet' is mediocre at best, the very good live music can only be heard from the few tables close by and the 2-hour trip can seem a bit long especially on a chilly day. Somehow the duration seems to be more about justifying the price and soon runs out of things to see. A shorter, less expensive trip might actually encourage more visitors...esp. those with kids.

One of the best bits is the steam calliope (organ) which plays for 15-minutes prior to sailing..... you can hear this for free from the dockside!
Take your own lunch and picnic.

Visited November 2012
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