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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade

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New Orleans, United States
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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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
Steamboat NATCHEZ , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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

7:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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. 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 buffet 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 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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star-5
Amazing!!!
Nickie_J
, Jul 2022
It was such an amazing experience!! Gina was super Awesome, her fun energy kept it interesting and live. The food ( we were shock on how good the food taste) and drinks were YUMMY! Oh yeah the musicians were great..I will go back and do VIP again. Gina you Rock!!!
star-5
A must do for everyone visiting NOLA
Tabitha_S
, Jun 2022
If you are looking for a fantastic steam boat experience book this. From when you arrive you are escorted onboard and skip the queue. All evening the lovely team serve you drinks, food and take care of your every need. The tour by the captain is amazing and front row seats for the band. I can’t recommend this highly enough
star-5
The Whole experience, Cruise,Dinner,Captain Tour,Pictures,Drinks and Dessert... Amazing 🤩
Bonita_P
, Jun 2022
Gina our personal guide and Personal Hostess was Fabulous! Caring, Compassionate and extremely focused on Making sure her VIP Guest we're treated with the Royal Treatment to the Fullest down to the smallest details 👏🎉
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Gina loves her guests and will take great care while they are aboard.
star-5
Great evening on the water
Anthony_B
, Jun 2022
VIP is the way to go, great tour, and the personal wait staff is great and very attentive to making sure you have a great time!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Yes, The VIP is a great upgrade and we are glad you decided to try it out.
star-5
Great personalized trip
Linda_K
, Jun 2022
I had a great time on my dinner cruise. Marlon was great to work with. He did a excellent job explaining my options and an ever better job of listening on what I wanted to make my experience exactly what i wanted. I also enjoyed the band and the Captain’s tour
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A wonderful evening!
Joann_P
, Jun 2022
What a wonderful evening! Our hosts Marlon and Gina were the best: always making sure we were comfortable and refreshing our drinks! Great music! The food was good but not great. The additional cost for the VIP tour was definitely worth it!
star-5
Great Evening!!
Robert_H
, May 2022
What a memorable evening! We opted for the VIP experience and it is well worth it. From the moment we were met to the descent down the gangplank, we were treated so well! Gina and Marlin were our hosts and they ensured every detail was perfect! The jazz band was great, cocktails on point and the dinner was excellent! The Captain gave us a private tour of the steamboat and have us quite the history lesson as well! Overall, a VIP experience well worth it!
star-5
The whole experience was...
Gema_L
, May 2022
The whole experience was amazing. Gina and Marlin were wonderful hosts. The food, music, ambiance, etc was great! Something everyone visiting New Orleans should try!
star-5
A fabulous open bar trip down the Mississippi made special because of host Gina!
Kathryn_J
, May 2022
This trip was so good and though not cheap the VIP open bar option was brilliant. It was so special mostly because of our host Gina. She was great fun and attentive - learning all our names. We won’t forget this trip in a hurry!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to end your visit
JOSHUA_S
, May 2022
Gina was great and works very hard to keep us happy as VIP customers. She is welcoming and friendly and a great host. The tour was great with the captain and the food was good. The drinks definitely hit the spot
star-5
Amazing
Brian_P
, May 2022
Was beyond our expectations Ms. Gina our host was amazing we definitely got 5 star treatment highly recommend doing this tour
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Naomi_G
, May 2022
The experience was amazing. This made our whole vacation worth it. We loved all the food that we tried and all the staff made the experience even better. The captain was very friendly.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Naomi We appreciate the review of the good, staff, and captain
star-5
What a vip treatment!...
AnneLaure_V
, May 2022
What a vip treatment! Gina has been taking care of us and made us feel like royalty, she was very thoughtful. The Champagne was excellent! We enjoyed the visit of the ship with the captain, the music and our very well placed table. We won't forget that amazing night!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Keep that memory safe and happy for a long time.
star-5
Royal service!
Sharon_Z
, Apr 2022
Wonderful! Got directly on the ship without waiting in the boarding line! Front row seats for band, being served our drinks and shrimp cocktail and later on dessert directly by a super friendly and attentive hostess was well worth the additional cost! Dinner buffet was superb and we went between the 2 dinner times, so had no line there either ! Tour by captain was also a nice touch, as was our gift bag!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Sharon, thank you for sharing the VIP experience. Thank you for joining us.
star-5
This was an amazing...
Anna_Y
, Apr 2022
This was an amazing experience. My husband and I did the VIP experience and it was a blast. Our hostess Gina was one of the best people I ever met. With great service an amazing personality and wonderful music, you can’t go wrong with this jazz cruise.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks from us and Gina
star-5
Great experience
Darlene_C
, Apr 2022
Our paddle wheel VIP dinner cruise was well worth the money spent. Gina was wonderful and very attentive. She made the whole evening a wonderful experience and we would definitely do this cruise again.
star-5
Definitely go with the vip package
Keith_H
, Apr 2022
VIP experience was well worth the extra $. Our personal servers Gina and Diane were amazing and ensured there was never a time that we needed anything. Your was very informative, and the music was great!
star-5
Amazing experience
Michelle_F
, Apr 2022
We upgraded to the VIP experience and got to spend the evening with Gina who was one of the best people I met in New Orleans!
star-5
Remarkable experience.
Jeff_S
, Apr 2022
The VIP experience was definitely worth additional cost. Gina and Captain Steve made the evening a very memorable experience!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
I know they will both be thrilled to hear your acclaim.
star-5
Excellent Experience
lbrewer2045
, Apr 2022
Gina was our hostess and she made the experience special. She was attentive, personable, and caring. I would recommend this experience to friends.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Gina is a delight and loves her guests too.

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