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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade
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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 while you step up the luxury on this Viator VIP dinner cruise. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the pilot house. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous tableside dinner and enjoy a live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.
  • Riverboat dinner cruise with private pilot house and boat tour, a Viator Exclusive
  • Cruise the Mississippi on an authentic paddle-wheel riverboat and enjoy lots of perks
  • Go on an exclusive tour of the boat and its pilot house, led by the first mate
  • Admire New Orleans from your reserved seat while listening to live jazz and savoring a tableside dinner
  • Receive a Champagne cocktail, shrimp cocktail, boarding photo, jazz band CD, and more treats
  • Don't miss this insider New Orleans experience—it can't be booked anywhere else

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The Steamboat Natchez is the last paddlewheel ship still operating in New Orleans. And this is the only tour where you get a private look around the boat and the engine room, complete with souvenirs.
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2-hour paddle-wheel boat cruise with live jazz entertainment
Private boat and pilot house tour led by the first mate
Dinner
Gratuities

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Head to Toulouse Street in the French Quarter to board the beautiful riverboat. When you step on board, you'll also step back in time as calliope music fills the air and the captain’s voice pours through an antique megaphone.

Your VIP experience begins with a personal reception. Ship staff will greet you with a complimentary Champagne cocktail. Pose for a photo op to capture the moment; you’ll take home a print to mark the special occasion. Then, follow your host (who may even be the captain) on an insider tour of the vessel to see all the workings of the ship including the pilot house and the enormous paddlewheel.

Afterward, you’ll be escorted to your reserved seat, where you’ll get unobstructed views of the striking New Orleans shoreline at dusk, and a performance by the Grammy‐nominated jazz group Dukes of Dixieland. Wet your palate with fresh shrimp cocktail and a glass of wine. As for dinner, it might include anything from Bayou seafood pasta to chicken and sausage gumbo. Top it off with signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea.

Once you have wined and dined, take a stroll across the deck or sit back in your seat and enjoy live jazz. The music plays on until the evening cruise ends back at the departure point in the French Quarter. Take home a complimentary souvenir Dukes of Dixieland CD as tokens of your magical night.

Upgrade option:

Receive all the luxuries of the original tour, but include an open bar (call‐brand select cocktails, beer, and house wine) for the entire duration of the cruise.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Steamboat NATCHEZ
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 of a leisurely, 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. Make sure you check out all four decks. The top deck view is a sight to see! Pose for a photo as you board -- you'll receive a print as a souvenir of this exclusive experience that can only be booked through Viator! Uniformed ship staff will greet you with a Champagne cocktail. Then, follow your officer of the vessel guide on an exclusive private tour of the boat and its impressive, museum-quality pilot house. Feel free to ask questions and take photos as you tour the magnificent riverboat.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mississippi River
Afterward, take your reserved seat and listen to the live jazz band, Dukes of Dixeland. As you listen to the Grammy-nominated group play, enjoy a shrimp cocktail. Then load up on scrumptious Louisiana favorites including Gumbo and Louisiana style fish at a tableside dinner. Sit back, relax and delight in captivating night views of New Orleans as you cruise along the Mississippi for two hours. Before your luxurious dinner cruise concludes in the French Quarter, you'll also receive a commemorative Steamboat Natchez pin and Dukes of Dixieland CD as souvenirs of your memorable night on the Mississippi. Option 2: Receive all the luxuries of the original tour, but include an open bar (call brand select cocktails, beer and house wine) for the entire duration of the cruise.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The riverboat is accessible for guests who use mobility devices. 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 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.

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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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour 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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
A:"Dressy Casual" is recommended for the Dinner Jazz Cruise based on the decor and service.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available during the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
A:Yes - restrooms are available on board for your convenience.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I smoke during the VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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:
Are you able to assist with celebrations during the Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
A:Please mention any celebrations in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout. You may bring a cake onboard to be served, but please be sure to notify the local operator before your travel date.
Jun 2021
Q:
What happens in the event of bad weather on the day of the Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise w/ Private Boat/Engine Room Tour?
A:The cruise sails rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, unfavorable river conditions (including river closures), or any other cause beyond the control of the operator, the brunch will take place dockside.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade?
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 Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade?
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 Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would thoroughly recommend getting the vip package for a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary or even if like us, you come from out of town and want to do something special." See review
  • "From getting on the boat early, the personal service during the entire cruise, the private table, the music, the tour with the captain, worth every penny." See review

Reviews

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287 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Best experience in New Orleans
Kelby_K
, Nov 2021
The vip host was Gina, she was amazing! I felt like a king and she took very good care of me! All the food was soooo good and drinks were strong!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Kelby, so glad to read this great review. I already shared it with Gina!.
star-3
The food was great, but...
Sandra_B
, Nov 2021
The food was great, but the experience wasn't worth the money we paid. The tour was great but I was under the impression that we would have our own personal hostess. The hostess was nice but she was stretched to then.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We regret the misunderstanding. In our preboarding email to our guests we let them know that the host may have more than one party for the evening. We appreciate your feedback and thank you again for joining us
star-5
Parent Trap dreams came true!
Josie_D
, Nov 2021
Easily the best night of our vacation. The VIP experience is very much worth it. I am so glad we did it! My favorite movie as a kid was the Parent Trap and this dinner cruise reminded me of the movie!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks so much Josie! We love being the highlight of your trip
star-5
Brenda made this a...
Steve_C
, Nov 2021
Brenda made this a seamlessly enjoyable evening. The food and entertainment were excellent. We especially enjoyed the tour led by the captain. Wow.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Steve, we are so very glad that your evening was a "WOW"! Come back and see us again.
star-5
Friendly and fun
Jacqueline_P
, Nov 2021
I went with my husband and we loved it. The food was ok but our host was amazing. Friendly and sweet. We loved her. We spent most of our time at dinner. We wished we got to see more of the jazz group. Over all had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Delighted that the staff and full experience was so enjoyed!
star-5
The VIP upgrade is worth every penny!
Amber_C
, Oct 2021
Our lady Brenda met us on the dock and took us up to get our boarding pictures and then took us in for our champagne toast. She then took us to our reserved seat on the deck directly in front of the band where she brought us a yummy shrimp cocktail plate and set us up with more drinks before other passengers started to trickle up. Brenda was absolutely amazing and treated us like celebrities but it felt like talking to an old friend. When it was time for dinner she took us to a table that was beautifully decorated and personalized for us. She brought us everything they had to offer and it was all quite good and she made sure we were never without a fresh drink and took pictures of us so we would have those wonderful memories. After dinner the captain met with us and took us on a tour of the boat. He was very passionate and knowledgeable and it was an amazing extra. After the tour he took us back to our reserved table in front of the band which was great because there would have been no where to sit or even stand as everyone was gathered there to enjoy the music. Brenda met us there with more drinks and took more pictures of us and gave us an amazing little gift bag full of souvenirs of our ride. Brenda was such a sweetheart and made us feel so special the entire time. I definitely recommend the VIP upgrade with open bar it was the most wonderful way to enjoy a trip down the Mississippi. And the band was really good too.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Brenda loves her guests and her city so it is understandable that she wanted your evening to be special. Thank you for letting us know about your experience.
star-5
So 1st we want to say we...
SHAWON_J
, Oct 2021
So 1st we want to say we would give the cruise more than 5 stars if we could. The VIP package is phenomenal...and my hubby really enjoyed his 1st time on a boat😊. Jazz band🥰..definitely a repeat! GINA ...was phenomenal..
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for telling us of your VIP experience. We would love to have you back again.
star-5
Ms. Gina was amazing &gave us a memorable experience
Marissa_A
, Oct 2021
I had a fantastic time on the boat! My partner and I got the VIP package and I'm glad we did. An hour before hand we were called and invited to come in the boat early and be greeted with drinks. They set up a private dining table for us right in front of the band. Our hostess, Ms. Gina waited on us hand and foot. We wanted for nothing and she was so lively and bubbly. To be honest- she was our favorite part of the whole experience. Talking with her felt like I was hanging with a long lost best friend. The band was lovely of course, the food was exquisite, the drinks were delightful and the captains were very friendly and informative on our tour. The whole experience was phenomenal but I have to admit I just fell in love with Ms. Gina's bubbly personality and top quality service. She made the trip worth every penny 👌 whatever you guys are paying her- it's not enough lol seriously. She is amazing! I can't gush about her enough. She really made the trip a blast for us!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Marissa, I can't thank you enough for the compliments we can share with our staff. Gina has been making our guests smile for 9 years and hope she stays much longer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect
Katie_B
, Sep 2021
We had an amazing time, our personal waitress made everything so relaxing and she was awesome making the night one for the books.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Katie - we are glad you spent your evening with us.
star-5
Great Experience
Gerasimos_B
, Aug 2021
So yesterday we took the jazz dinner cruise on the Natchez sister boat. I highly recommend to anyone doing this to book with Viator and select the vip option. It is a little expensive BUT for the extra we never waited on line to board, we had reserved tables both at the top right in front of the band, reserved table at dinner, never had to go up to the bar for a drink or to get food because our hostess Gina who was fantastic served us our drinks and food, captain gave us a quick tour and shared info about the boat, we got our boarding pics and some little souvenirs at the end. It was the best money I’ve spent in a while and 1000% worth it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Well, that is a great review and we are thrilled that you enjoyed the VIP experience so much. We will certainly tell Gina as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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