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Steamboat Natchez VIP Jazz Dinner Cruise with Boat Tour and Reserved Seats

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Steamboat Natchez VIP Jazz Dinner Cruise with Boat Tour and Reserved Seats

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Step up the luxury on this 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 engine room. 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 engine room and boat tour, a Viator Exclusive
  • Cruise the Mississippi on an authentic paddle-wheel riverboat and enjoy lots of perks
  • 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 engine room tour
Gourmet Louisiana-style dinner with reserved seating
Complimentary champagne cocktail
Boarding photo and jazz band CD
Premium open bar (if option chosen)
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 engine room 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 to 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 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. Upgrade to 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
  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You'll get the same authentic experience of a grand paddlewheeler on a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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 sanitization during Steamboat Natchez VIP Jazz Dinner Cruise with Boat Tour and Reserved Seats?
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 VIP Jazz Dinner Cruise with Boat Tour and Reserved Seats.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Steamboat Natchez VIP Jazz Dinner Cruise with Boat Tour and Reserved Seats?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

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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

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Wonderful experience. The...
Rick_V
, Aug 2022
Wonderful experience. The music was fantastic and the crew made us feel very welcomed. A lovely evening.
star-5
The great service from...
Robert_B
, Aug 2022
The great service from our host Chad. He made the evening very easy. My girlfriends company was the best thing of all.
star-5
Heavenly
Billy_D
, Aug 2022
My wife and I cannot say enough about the hospitality that we experienced. First Gina (fabulous). She treats everyone like family and goes out of her way to make you feel like family greeting family. Gina along with Diane (who met us when it looked like we were lost) and lead us through and gave us spirits to say now just relax. Later we meet Marlon at the dinner table to again treat everyone like family where the conversations are flowing. Please everyone must experience this. Thanks for making our 35th anniversary so special
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
From all us - Happy Anniversary once again. Those hospitality hosts enjoy every minute with our guests.
star-5
Great Experience!
Amber_B
, Aug 2022
My husband and I came to NOLA to celebrate my 40th birthday and we decided to take a dinner cruise. It was absolutely perfect! Our cruise tour guide was Gina and she is the true definition of Southern hospitality!! She is such a gem!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Not vip
David_L
, Aug 2022
Was told vip no engine room tour no steam it’s Diesel half the ship rent out to private parties walked up and down ship that’s the tour
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Our steamboat in under renovation so the engine room cannot be toured at this time. Can we assume that you received reserved seating, a private host, welcome cocktail, appetizer, dinner, a photo and a gift bag? We would like to invite you to join us again next time you are in town.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was a great experience...
James_B
, Jul 2022
It was a great experience ,and the host Gina was very amazing .she made my day very special. I can't stop thinking about her exceptional services. I am looking forward to visiting again.
star-5
Jazz cruise.
Nicolas_V
, Jul 2022
Definitely the dinner was exceptional! The Jazz band was really good and the VIP treatment was well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank so much Nicolas
star-5
It so exciting!!!
Patrenia_T
, Jul 2022
We were visiting New Orleans and was told this would be a great activity. We were so happy that we did. Enjoying every moment was an understatement. We purchased the VIP package and had so much fun and it was educational. Our guide, Gina, was the best. Her personality was inviting and she was witty. I plan to bring family next time for the steamboat.
star-5
Fabulous service
CRYSTAL_R
, Jul 2022
Gina was the best hostess I have ever met. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and she made us all feel very special. She has a great personality. You can tell she really enjoys her job.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Crystal, that is a great review and may we wish your daughter Happy Birthday once again.
star-5
Outstanding service!
Brandon_K
, Jul 2022
Marlon and Diane were excellent! VIP is the only way to go. The food taste great but the chicken was a little tough. Over all it was a great experience. We took the excursion to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We were both pleased with the cruise staff and customer service. Again, Diane and Marlon were phenomenal!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Diane and Marlon pride themselves on making your experience as special as you are. Another Happy Birthday Wish!
star-5
I loved it! It was a...
Ashley_B
, Jul 2022
I loved it! It was a wonderful, beautiful, romantic experience even going solo I had a lovely evening
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for joining us Ashley!
star-5
We were pampered, wined and dined
Jan_K
, Jul 2022
Staff, Gina and Marlin were amazing and attentive to us. The private tour with the Captain was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for this wonderful review. i will be sure to share with the staff
star-5
Perfect! Dinner and music...
Karen_C
, Jul 2022
Perfect! Dinner and music on the river with a very attentive guide. It was a lovely night and a nice way to start the vacation.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Karen, thank you for joining us.
star-5
A great first night
Karen_C
, Jul 2022
Marlon was a cheerful, attentive facilitator, making sure we felt special from the very start. This was our first night on vacation and everything—from the rooftop jazz to the shrimp to the tour—set the perfect tone for the rest of our stay in New Orleans.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We could not be happier and Marlon will be delighted to have served you well.
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!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Gina loves to have her guests enjoy themselves that much. She will be glad to have you back anytime.
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!

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