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

By Steamboat Natchez
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Enjoy a whole evening of New Orleans fun aboard a paddle-wheel riverboat. Enjoy unique views of the city without having to deal with crowded streets, and save time and money by combining a cruise with a night of live jazz and Creole-style dinner (if option selected). Enjoy the option to select from two dinner seatings to fit your schedule.
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Ages 2-99, max of 500 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • See unique New Orleans from the Mississippi River 
  • Get your culture fix with onboard, live jazz music
  • Add a Creole-style dinner to avoid the hassle of crowded restaurants
  • Convenient French Quarter departure point near other key sights

  • 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
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase)

Your cruise takes off from the docks near Toulouse Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Board your ship up to an hour before your departure time. The paddle-wheel riverboat is one of the last of its kind in the area. Once out on the Mississippi River, relax on one of the four outdoor decks or inside in the cabin, and take in views of the city in the distance. As you float down the river, enjoy jazz music performed by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland. If you’ve upgraded your cruise ticket to include dinner, your buffet meal includes a variety of Creole-style food. The bread pudding is a popular dessert choice. Your cruise ends back in the French Quarter. If you’re looking for something to do afterward, there’s a booming nightlife scene nearby.

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  • 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!
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3780STEAMDIN

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 500 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    Where is the departure point for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?
    The evening jazz cruise departs from Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery in the heart of the French Quarter (400 Toulouse Street.)
    Answered Jun 2021
    Is parking available near the departure point for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?
    There are parking lots in the French Quarter on Decatur Street and adjacent to the dock. These lots offer hourly or daily parking rates.
    Answered Jun 2021
    What time should I arrive for the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?
    Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. It is best to arrive 30 minutes before departure or sooner.
    Answered Jun 2021
    Are vegetarian options available during the Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option?
    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.
    Answered Jun 2021

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3780STEAMDIN

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    • Steamboat Natchez
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    • 250meganh
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      Relaxing boat ride
      A very relaxing trip on the Mississippi river. The prices of the alcoholic drinks was surprisingly reasonable. We sat out on the main deck as I have a leg issue and there were no problems seeing everything as the boat turns around and comes back up the river. We would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a nice relaxing half day out.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • isaace707
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      Fun Leisurely Ride & Good Food
      Great food and the live music was amazing! The tour guide on the loud speaker gave some cool tidbits and there were excellent views.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • cherrellef2023
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      Nice view
      It was nice the view was relaxing the bar on the bottom floor was good just took a little long as it was just the one lady making the drinks but she was nice.
      Written May 26, 2024
    • Y1640QTclaudias
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      Relaxing on the River
      Great relaxing ride on the boat. Especially when it’s hot. Make sure to show up before the 15 minute wait or you wait longer in the hot Sun.
      Written May 26, 2024
    • susanrC6508YR
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This is the way to go! Excellent!
      This was EXCELLENT! The VIP is the way to go! Our guide Marlon took great care of us. Front row seating for the awesome jazz band with cocktails and appetizers, no lines for dinner, and a tour of the boat with the captain. The food was good and the experience was one I would do again. Highly recommend!
      Written May 26, 2024
    • KimDesince
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice relaxing ride
      We had such a great time going down the river on this Steamboat! We loved being able to see the engine room and the narration was great.
      Written May 25, 2024
    • 144taressac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just do it!
      We’ve visited NOLA a few times but this was our first steamboat tour. It didn’t disappoint. Captain Robbie was a great tour guide. The breeze was a great respite from the heat. The music was the cherry on top. I would definitely take this trip again. Also, would like to call out our host, Gina!
      Written May 25, 2024
    • Barbara M
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience on the Mississippi River
      This was our second time on the Natchez Steam Boat and we loved it. They have great music on board and all of their staff are helpful. It was a fun day for sure! I would highly recommend this outing.
      Written May 24, 2024
    • Fefy1
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice try around the river
      This is a nice short cruise around the Mississippi River. The narration was great and it gives you a true understanding of how the levee system in NO work and how they can be so devastating when they fail. The music was great. My only opportunity for improvement would be to have the food ready and available when the brunch services open.they were not prepared initially but the food was available within 15 mins..and the floors were not leveled so our table literally was sitting at an angle. But overall, I would recommend this outing.
      Written May 21, 2024
    • AmberW12345
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was a miss for us.
      While I found this to be cool for about the first hour after that we were ready to get off. The food was not good and it was kina boring. Did enjoy the first hour and some of the music they played.
      Written May 21, 2024
    • 590stun
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      Good music on a boat
      The boat ride was well organized. We did not add the dinner extra but the early seating smelled good. The live music was very entertaining. The only disappointment was that the scenery was storm damaged piers, rusty old ships and barges. Not what you were hoping to see on the Mighty Mississipp.
      Written May 19, 2024
    • SueEllenK
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      The Natchez!
      We had a wonderful time on the Nanchez! The cruise, brunch and jazz music were awesome! We loved the wait staff, the lady in the gift shop and the lady that took pictures of us and our grand girls. We so enjoyed the cruise and everyone we met! It was the perfect outing in New Orleans and on the Mississippi River!
      Written May 19, 2024
    • sharonmM2288LI
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      New Orleans visit
      We had an amazing trip. We were on the Natchez boat fantastic. Visited all kinds of shops and spots. Ate out at oceans restaurant which had great food, ate at Wyndham hotel restaurant another good place to eat.Ate beignet which are fantastic like doughnuts.
      Written May 19, 2024
    • Bronwyn18
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very Informative cruise to learn about the Mississippi and the New Orleans area around it
      We just returned from this cruise. We paid to have the lunch that is mentioned in the information. I wish I’d realised that there was the option of a snack area where you could buy hot dogs etc as the meal was way too much for me to eat. The information provided during the cruise was very interesting and thankfully even though lots of people were chatting, we were still able to hear what was said. I would do this cruise again probably without the meal. Be aware that there are lots of stairs on this boat and because of its age there is no elevator. Still able to move around on the lower deck.
      Written May 18, 2024
    • georgiapb23
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good experience
      I enjoyed the steamboat natchez, the jazz music was really enjoyable. I will say there wasn't much to see outside of the boat and if there was, the guy speaking over the speakers wasn't easy to hear, it was very hard to hear what he was saying. To be honest, I think I would have just preferred the jazz music to be playing the whole trip. It was nice to take a break for a bit from walking in New Orleans and just relax, though. My mum and I also said we wish we had chosen the option with dinner because, the food actually looked quite nice. So if you have the option, maybe go with dinner it's something else to occupy you whilst you're on the boat. I enjoyed watching the steamboat work you could see the wheel turning by goingbto the lower deck and they also said you could visit the engine room which I was wish I had gone into now, it would have been interesting to learn about how it runs. I do think this was a good experience but not the best thing I did when I visited New Orleans. All the staff were very friendly on board the boat; at the bar, in the shop.
      Written May 17, 2024
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    4.0
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    Wendy J
    The Villages, FL503 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    First of all I would like to commend the greeters, waiters and managers for their trying to make things right. We arrived on board close to the 7 pm departure and we were assigned to the 7 pm sitting for dinner on the second deck. We went to the reception and were told they weren’t seating 7 pm yet, but we could have a drink while we waited. Lineup at the bar was very slow as there was only one bartender, so eventually I left my husband in line and went to get our table for dinner. I was told that the second deck was full and we needed to go downstairs. On deck one a harried manager was trying to seat people by putting extra tables up and even sent a table up to deck 2 then escorted us back up to be seated. He explained that they were understaffed and that the company had overbooked the dining rooms. Our waitress, Taylor, was trying to serve everyone from the buffet, but she was falling behind. The female manager brought us our salad and apologized for the wait. Taylor then brought over our meal without the chicken, explaining that she wanted us to have something. She was almost in tears trying to apologize. All this time we were trying to listen to the tour information as we cruised up river, longing to be out on the deck to enjoy the sights. We also had another waitress, Gina, come over and apologize for the wait and she brought us a glass of wine on the house. The chicken finally arrived on a small plate by itself and by then we were so annoyed we didn’t want it. Dessert was good and we tried to make sure the staff knew we weren’t angry with them, just the situation that was the fault of management. We finally made it outside to enjoy the view and listen to the jazz trio playing on the upper deck. This cruise is available without the dinner and that would be my strong recommendation if you are planning on enjoying the actual cruise and sights along the way.
    Written May 15, 2021
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    Thank you for sharing. Employees in the industry are difficult to find at this time in light of the pandemic and slow re-openings. We work at keeping our good employees. We apologize for the inconvenience the evening you cruised with us and that it hampered your experience. It was not intentional.
    Written May 24, 2021
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    Angela R
    Eugene, OR2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022 • Couples
    We were doubled charged. They had booked 2 sets of 2 AND we thought we had purchased the dinner cruise but it was “cruise only”.

    I was very disappointed. Looked forward to the dinner cruise for 2 days and instead we were charged $200 and we ended up departing before take off so we could go have dinner at some other restaurant.

    Grayline, you need to work on your booking communication AND fix the glitches in your system. We will think twice if the Grayline logo appears on the attraction from now on and I recommend others to do the same.
    Written December 2, 2022
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    It appears that you were only charged for the Cruise (no meal), not double charged. If the booking error numbers were incorrect on our end you would be reimbursed. It is certainly was not our intention to be less than clear on the booking page, and if you booked it yourself please take another look and let us know what is unclear so we can consider changes if necessary
    Written December 12, 2022
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    Leia
    Texas Gulf Coast, TX91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a wonderful night aboard the Steamboat Natchez. We came out for my Aunts birthday and I was looking for family friendly options and wheelchair accessible options.

    With this tour offering dinner and help boarding (Donald was very helpful and sweet to my Aunt) it made the evening extremely pleasurable.

    We enjoyed the history and sightseeing we were able to do and were happy we picked the later dinner in order to enjoy that while there was still light.

    Dinner was also very good with very tasty options and I am glad we included that with our ticket purchase.

    Overall my family really enjoyed their experience and I would recommend this tour to others who are visiting.
    Written March 20, 2020
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    Please share an extra Happy Birthday to your Aunt. We will certainly share this review with Donald and his Captain.
    Written March 23, 2020
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    Michelle C
    Sedalia, MO85 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    We did not chose the dinner option, so I cannot comment on that portion. I previously saw complaints about standing in line at the bar, but that was NOT a problem on this cruise. They had 4 bars open (1 per floor) and there were 2 bartenders on the floor we stayed on (4th). The band was on the 4th floor & contained a pianist, percussion, & trombone player. The band of 3 sounded pretty good, but didn't play much for it being a jazz cruise. They didn't have room to really dance near the band (but plenty of room on other floors where music could still be heard). If looking for a relaxing evening, with some pretty views & a narrative of what is being seen on along the route this is a great option.
    Written May 31, 2021
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    Thank you Michelle! The band always loves the input
    Written June 20, 2021
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    363cymru123
    Cardiff, UK123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    We chose to do the evening cruise which leaves the dock at 7pm. You can board at 6pm though! Don't forget to pick up your paper tickets from the booth on the dock before you line up to board if you have digital versions! We were given a time that we were due to have our dinner, the dining hall is lovely, had old world charm! The dinner itself is fine, starter is gumbo which is brought to you. You have to go in line to collect your mains which is plated up for you, it was a chicken dinner which was very nice. You have a choice of desert which is brought to you.
    The dukes of dixieland band play on the upper decks, they were good. There are plenty of seats on all decks so you can take in the scenery as The Natchez goes along the river. Drinks are available to buy. The captain gives lots of information of local landmarks too. As you head back towards the city you can catch sight of the sunset if you are lucky with the weather. Getting to see the city view from the river in the dark with all the lights illuminating the Mississippi was special. You dock back at 9pm. We really enjoyed this iconic trip.
    Written August 14, 2022
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    It is such a delight when a guest shares their experience so detailed, and with so much joy.
    Written August 19, 2022
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    Katiej9267
    50 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Friends
    We had so looked forward to this trip. The band, the Dukes of Dixieland didn’t disappoint but the rest of the cruise fell short.
    The food was cold, we understand Brits like piping hot food but this was tepid at best, they served the soup at the same time as the main which meant one of the dishes was going to go cold while you ate the other.
    It was a very cold evening so I wanted a cup of tea, I was told there was no skimmed or semi skimmed milk, only full fat.
    The bar upstairs had seating for a max of 10 people, nowhere near enough, especially on a cold night. For part of the time there was just 1 bar tender who did very well but clearly help was needed.
    I’m a travel agent & not sure I would recommend this trip as value for Money, unfortunately.
    Written March 9, 2020
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    FamilyTraveler93
    Waldwick, NJ204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    The views were amazing, and the live jazz band was fabulous. Probably the best jazz band I saw the whole time I was in New Orleans - people were actually dancing on the top deck. The dinner was just OK, the gumbo and chicken/vegetables were very bland, needed seasonings - you could get better food for a lower price outside. If you could book the cruise without the dinner option, have dinner before the cruise.
    Written March 13, 2022
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    Jack D
    Timbuktu, Mali5 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    High point were the view from the river of NOLA as the evening lights came up. Overall meh. Not much live Jazz music during the ride. I was expecting a bigger band to play music for 50 to 75% of the trip duration. Total time the three man band performed was around 30 minutes. Natchez is in repairs so we were on a diesel powered boat, not a steam powered one. 50 bucks for 90 minutes meandering on the Mississippi in a diesel powered boat. Cannot recommend this activity. Not good value for money.
    Written July 28, 2021
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    The band plays 30 at boarding again for 45 minutes on the return. The first hour is historic and port narration, but that might not have been your preference.
    Written August 2, 2021
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    Ms. Salsa
    115 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    We were so looking forward to riding the Steamboat Natchez during one of its evening trips. We decided not to include the dinner, and opt for having dinner instead, close by in one of the restaurants on the French Quarter. The process getting on board was smooth. The only slow down was that you had to stop first and have your picture taken. You were allowed to board the ship anytime from 6 to 7pm and enjoy its amenities. Those that elected to pay for the dinner had a choice between a seating at 6 or another one at 7pm. The boat paddled and traveled across the river until 9pm. It rode up to a certain spot and then made a U-turn returning to its original spot. We only heard a 3-man band playing outside on the last upper deck. They actually were quite good, problem is, for a 2 hour ride, they took more breaks than they actually played. The other issue was, I wish they would have played on one of the lower decks; being on the last one, it was quite windy and cold to really be able to enjoy the moment. Last but not least; sadly, the surroundings/sights across the river ride was nothing to rave about. Good thing it was in the evening, hence, you couldn't see much as it got darker.
    Written April 23, 2023
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    Your concern on the band is understood and let me explain. The band plays during boading 6-6:50pm. The narration is provided after we depart the dock and until the "turnaround" 7.5 miles downriver. After that they play two sets before docking. With other decks usually allocated for diners, the rooftop deck is open to everyone.
    Written April 30, 2023
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    Michael P
    Bakersfield, CA3 contributions
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    Was not aware this was a buffet when I purchased tickets… sat down for dinner and was told by server that they were severely overbooked. Waited 45+ minutes for water. No instructions regarding how dinner was to progress. According to the table documents we were to wait to go to the buffet until invited by staff. Our staff person was working the buffet line and most of the room had already gotten up to queue the line. The line wove between tables and patrons at those tables were forced to eat with maskless strangers squeezing by them, slowly. No accommodations were offered for food allergies and no options were available. Chicken, green beans, potatoes or nothing…. At my table at my right, my elbow was bumping with the guest at the next table, on my left my elbow was bumping with a rubbish bin. Because my server was working the buffet line, no further table service was evident. Our soiled dishes sat on our table until we decided to abandon the table and sit outside. Roughly the first hour of the evening was a gentleman narrating the history of the vessel and pointing out various other vessels and landmarks. While this was mildly interesting, it was not the jazz music I was expecting.
    Written April 29, 2022
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    We have to apologize for this experience. I am not sure when you purchased the dinner cruise but we have been back to a buffet style cruise for over a year. The menu is set and posted so guests would know what is served. If allergies are noted we can alert a guest as to what they may and may not want to eat on the buffet but there are some things we cannot accommodate. We appreciate you detailing the situations in the dining room that made you uncomfortable including the dishes. Nearly half the cruise is live narration and the other half is dedicated to the Trio on the rooftop deck (and televised in the diningrooms for those still dining)
    Written May 2, 2022
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