New Orleans River Cruises

There’s a lot to do in New Orleans. With all its French influence it is quite possibly the most unique city in the United States. I mean, where else can you get crawfish, Mardi Gras, and The National WWII Museum, all within walking distance? New Orleans, that’s where. There is, however, another great activity that is all too often neglected in the great city, and that is New Orleans river cruises.

Natchez Steamboat

The Natchez Steamboat has a long and storied history that includes winning a number of legendary steamboat races on the Mississippi River. Today the boat features both modern safety mechanisms on the outside and an exquisite oak exterior on the inside. Eat dinner along the French Quarter, listen to the captain spin some yarns and enjoy a little jazz, all of which you can do in comfort and style aboard The Natchez Steamboat.

Daytime Jazz Cruise

The Natchez Steamboat day cruise is 3 ½ hour cruise down the Mississippi which includes:

  • Live narration of the history of the area
  • Live jazz concert
  • Steam Engine room open to visitors
  • Lunch (optional) in dining area onboard

City And Harbour Cruise

The City and Harbour Cruise aboard The Natchez Steamboat offers the best views of New Orleans from both land and sea. This combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi is an eye-opening experience combining culture and architecture. Enjoy a 2‐hour guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage

cruise leaving out of New Orleans

Evening Jazz Cruise

This boat trip will take you further down the Mississippi River than the day cruise in roughly the same amount of time. Ratings for this excursion aboard both the Natchez Steamboat and Creole Queen are similarly excellent according to

Creole Queen

The Creole Queen was constructed in Moss Point, Mississippi and took her maiden voyage in October of 1983. Luxurious private rooms, stereo music and sound systems, modern restrooms and handicapped accessible facilities all combine to make the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen a true floating palace. Aboard the Creole Queen You’ll experience:

  • Battle of New Orleans
  • 1,000 passenger paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River, with a 24-foot paddlewheel
  • Costumed re-enactor recounting history/stories of Louisiana’s most historical places and events
  • Disembark for a guided tour of Chalmette Battlefield by National Park Rangers from the Battle of New Orleans
  • Highly Recommended for history buffs!

Bayou Boat Tour With Transport

Technically not a cruise, the New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Cajun Encounters is an honorable mention. On this wild adventure, you’ll climb aboard a fan boat to explore one of Louisiana’s last protected wetlands on a 2-hour boat tour that includes round-trip hotel transport in New Orleans. You’ll leave in the morning headed for Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve which is teeming with a collection of animals from wild boar and alligators to snakes, birds and much, much more.

swamp cruise tour out of New Orleans

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