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VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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 buffet 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.
2-hour paddle-wheel boat cruise with live jazz entertainment
Private boat and pilot house tour led by the first mate
Dinner
Gratuities

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose one of two evening start times for your VIP dinner cruise and 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 in a souvenir etched glass. 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, the buffet might include anything from Bayou seafood pasta to chicken and sausage gumbo. Top it off with signature bread pudding accompanied by coffee and tea. Read on to the Itinerary section below for a sample menu.

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 etched glass and 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 served in a glass that's yours to keep. Then, follow your officer of the vessel guide on an exclusive private tour of the boat and its impressive, museum-quality pilot house. 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 and glass of house wine. Then load up on scrumptious Louisiana favorites including Gumbo and Louisiana style fish at a tableside 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 at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The riverboat is handicap accessible. 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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
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 VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Generally a good tour but if you do the VIP version, make sure you arrive early and take advantage of the all inclusive aspect which includes all drinks." See review
  • "Yes, this is a very expensive tour, but worth every penny." See review
  • "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

Reviews

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Great time
carlandrochelle
, Feb 2020
Great dinner cruise. Staff was amazing. Definitely upgrade to the vip package. The captains tour was very informative. Food and drinks were great.
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The Perfect Night
mcarson82
, Jan 2020
From start to finish, our host Jordan, looked after us like we were royalty. We got a table set up outside to enjoy the view of the river and city at night and then while we went on our tour of the boat with the captain, they moved the table to the other side of the boat, as it was more sheltered. Jourdan served us drinks all night, basically whatever we wanted and although it was a buffett dinner, we selected what we would like and he even brought the food to us at our table. We also got a lovely gift bag to take home with some nice momentos of our night. 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.
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VIP experience was great
caren h
, Jan 2020
Our server Gina, was fantastic. She checked on us all evening, came by and took our pictures, and was a real pleasure. I would recommend the VIP experience, we were treated like royalty.
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VIP Tour Steamboat Natchez
Gordon W
, Jan 2020
Amazing experience. The captain and the concierge, Gina, met us at the loading area with a bottle of water and a smile. The captain escorted us on a private tour of the ship. Boilers, engine room, paddle wheel, etc and explained the history of the ship as well as the history of the steam engines. We were met during the tour by Gina with two glasses of champagne. We were then taken upstairs to the balcony area and placed at a small table with shrimp cocktails, more champagne and ordered drinks. After a short time, we were escorted into the dining room to enjoy more drinks and an excellent buffet of food. After dinner, we went upstairs and enjoyed the Jazz band. Before leaving the ship, we were given a gift bag with pictures of our experience. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone.
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Perfect Activity for a Pre-Celebration
Msleon3
, Jan 2020
It was our daughters first time in New Orleans and we wanted to give them a highlight of all the wonderful things to do. Being able to do a dinner cruise on the the Natchez was a great opportunity. Having booked the VIP experience we were able to move along to the front of the line and the host took care of us from the start to the end. The kids really enjoyed the engine room tour and learning about the boat. We highly recommend it.
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Golden Mississippi Cruise
johnburkholder
, Dec 2019
My wife Donna and I booked this tour to celebrate 50 years of marriage. We were pleasantly surprised to find out we were the only ones that had booked the VIP cruise that night. The tour of the Natchez by Captain Steve was very informative. Our personal Host Jourdan S. was exceptional. After finding out that we were celebrating our Golden Anniversary he had a Private table setup for us at the stern of the boat just in front of the Paddle wheel. We also had reserved tables on both sides of the deck so we could enjoy Appetizers and Deserts and view the City as we passed by. This was the best and most unexpected experience we have had. The food was plentiful and very tasty. We would highly recommend the VIP Tour.
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Terrific Event
Tina A
, Nov 2019
This was an excellent tour by Captain Steve. He has been with the Natchez for 45 years and you can tell he loves his job. The care and kindness that Jourdan S. demonstrated his true professionalism. The VIP tour is truly the way to go. Thank you to everyone on the Natchez for their excellent service!
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Great experience
AprilL1333
, Oct 2019
Our host Jourdan was wonderful. The tour by the Captain was fun and informative. I highly recommend the VIP package.
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great experience
zezette62
, Sep 2019
we took the vip open bar package and it did not disappoint. Jason was so helpful.He was making sure we were happy and got our drinks, desert and Gumbo for us. Great gentleman. We did the boat engine room tour and add little perks that made our cruise and dinner very special. Special coktails, appetizer, reserved tables inside and outside, and little momentos. we loved it so much that we told our concierge about it.
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Great time
pdecker326
, Sep 2019
The dinner jazz cruise was awesome. I would highly recommend it. Jordan was very attentive and Captain Steve was delightful in his tour of the engine room.

Product code: 3780VIPSTEAM

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