Steamboat Natchez Mississippi Tour, New Orleans, Louisiana

2 Canal St # 2500, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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Among the family-friendly and traditional attractions in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a two-hour cruise onboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ. On a family vacation to this historic city, kids and parents can enjoy a meal and listen to live jazz onboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ brunch, lunch or dinner cruise. Owned and operated by the New Orleans Steamboat Company, the authentic steamboat cruises along the Mississippi River are fun for the whole family. While onboard, families are invited to visit the Steam Engine Room, enjoy views of New Orleans from the river and feast on traditional Creole cuisine. Live jazz is played on all cruises. Meals are optional; families are welcome to just sail and take in the sights to the sound of music. Sailing options include a two-hour Harbor Jazz Cruise and a Calliope concert. On this family-friendly cruise, which departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf behind Jax Brewery, there’s a live narration of historical facts and highlights of the port. A Casual Buffet Brunch is optional. Children ages 5 and younger sail free with a paying adult. The Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise includes traditional live jazz and a New Orleans brunch. The feast includes a cornucopia of mouth-watering delights, such as carved house cured ham and bacon, frittata, gumbo and beignet among many other options. The Dinner Jazz Cruise offers lovely evening views of New Orleans as the Steamboat NATCHEZ slowly glides along the river to the sounds of traditional live jazz. Top round of beef, gumbo, Penne Quattro Formaggi, Maque Choux (roasted corn and tomatoes with Creole spices) and Natchez bread pudding are just a sampling of the dinner buffet served.

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Address: 2 Canal St # 2500, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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Phone: 504-586-8777
URL: http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/
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Exciting for the Kids, Relaxing for Us!

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Keep a close eye on the little ones! Mine wanted to see how the boat worked and would have gone over the side had I not been holding onto him when he was checking things out! Take time to relax and let the kids take the excitement for you. This is the perfect couple time even when the kids are with you. Oh, and bring sunscreen if you are fair skinned like I am!

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A nice way to take a break from walking around the city

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If cruising on the Steamboat Natchez isn't in the budget, try to catch a mini concert of the calliope. While it is docked before departures, you can usually hear the sounds of the calliope.

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Fun family activity with classic New Orleans flavor

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Head to a less-crowded area of the ship like the top deck. Good seating is key - you definitely want something on the edge so the kids will be able to see. We purposely didn't do a night-time dinner cruise because we wanted to be able to see everything we were passing during the day.

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Submitted by: Rebecca P.

Oddly enough, I never took the lunch or dinner cruise, but booked my wedding there having never tried the food.  Luckily, it was great!  I don't know if it was because it was for a special event, but we chose a menu of pretty typical Cajun food (etouffe, gumbo, pasta for the Yankee family, bread pudding) and everything was very tasty!  Their events coordinator, Melissa, was friendly and sweet, and didn't bat an eye at our non-traditional wedding.  The staff serving and helping was incredible, I really wish I had gotten each of their names because they really gave us outstanding service.   The river tour was fantastic, very relaxing and informative.  The engine room is a must see, for sure... there are almost...

Submitted by: Heather F.

The Natchez Steamboat was extremely touristy (we were tourists) but an appropriate way to relax in the sun and fresh air while nursing a hangover.   Having been on many touristy boat tours with my family, the Natchez Steamboat isn't much different than the rest.  We took the "Harbor Jazz Cruise" which boarded at 11 and arrived back around 1:30.  The narration included points of interest and historical facts--but I missed most of that.  I was half asleep in the warm sunlight while my mother was people watching and enjoying a Cajun Bloody Mary (or two).  Overall, we both enjoyed our quick boat cruise.  I left well-rested and refreshed (with a slight tan) and she left tipsy and full of funny stories the bartend...

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