Available: April 10 – Morning
Tour Duration: 3 Hours
Let us take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. This two-hour cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez brings you back to the time when cotton was king. The Natchez is the only authentic steamboat still operating from New Orleans, and is the ninth riverboat to bear the name – Natchez.
The cruise departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf, directly behind the Jackson Brewery and near Jackson Square. The riverboat’s steam calliope will play familiar tunes before the boat departs. Calliopes are a uniquely American instrument that has been identified with steamboats since 1865.
This majestic and authentic Steamboat will offer guests an evening featuring hot jazz, wonderful drink concoctions and a menu comprised of our famous New Orleans cuisine. As the vessel departs the dock, the passengers will begin to experience a taste of an era gone by, when mighty paddlewheelers choked the river delivering all types of trade – a time when New Orleans was truly one of the worlds busiest ports, and today remains one of the world’s largest.
The guests will be invited to board by the Captain and Crew, and the Hostess will escort your group to their reserved seating in the Captain’s Salon. The sounds of the New Orleans Jazz Band fill the room and before or after you enjoy the afternoon’s fare be sure to explore the upper Promenade Level for the most optimum viewing opportunity.
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo
Chicken, Andouille sausage, house-made Tasso, fresh okra, trinity of vegetables, roux noisette
and Creole seasoning served over a bed of rice
Chicken, Andouille sausage and Creole seasoning mixed with rice
Domestic shrimp and rice in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce
Southern Fried Chicken
Fried in a Creole spice blend
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread in a rich custard with white chocolate chips
and vanilla Bourbon milk punch
Freshly brewed Community Coffee and Iced Tea
Assorted La Louisiane Breads