Steamboat Natchez

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Steamboat Natchez
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Key Info

600 Decatur St., Toulouse Street Wharf

Price & Hours

Tickets start at $34 for adults; $13.50 for kids
Hours vary by cruise


Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The only steamboat in New Orleans, Steamboat Natchez launched in 1975 and is a traditional sternwheel steamboat that takes visitors on a tour of the Mississippi River. The tours aim to cultivate an atmosphere that transports guests to another era, with the captain shouting through a hand-held megaphone and old-time music lingering in the air. Steamboat Natchez offers a few tour options, including a dinner jazz cruise, a harbor jazz cruise, a Sunday jazz brunch cruise and select special event cruises. The tours last about two hours and include a concert, a narration of historical facts and an optional meal, and a gift shop and bar are also available on board. Indoor and outdoor seating on the boat is available.

Many travelers raved about their adventure on the steamboat, saying it was a unique and entertaining way to see the city and the river, and that the staff members were friendly. Passengers say you must be sure to take a tour of the engine room. However, a few warned that the music was loud during boarding and that the tour tends to attract an older crowd.

Reservations are highly recommended and tickets start at $34 per adult and $13.50 per child. Prices vary by cruise and whether or not you'd like a meal included. Boarding begins half an hour before departure and all cruises depart and return to the Steamboat Natchez Lighthouse Ticket Office, at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River. For additional information, including exact prices and booking information, visit the Steamboat Natchez website.

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