Get ready to end your night the perfect New Orleans way, with a Dinner Jazz Cruise aboard New Orleans Steamboat Company’s own Steamboat Natchez. This locally owned and operated steamboat company is considered to be the last authentic steamboat on the mighty Mississippi and recently celebrated it’s 40th anniversary. The Natchez was revived in 1975 and the current one is actually considered to be the 9th steamer bearing the famous name. Previous steamboats under the same line have had vibrant histories, one defeating the Robert E Lee boat, one winning the 1982 Great Steamboat Race, and the current one holding up the tradition of being the undisputed champion of the Mississippi nicely still today. The expansive history of this steam engine runs along the same course as the history of the city and Mississippi River, literally! Learn about how this line of boats have been through a comparably placid antebellum era, turbulent Civil War time, and even laid back ‘Gay Nineties’ in NOLA.
The Steamboat Natchez is one of only 2 true steam powered sternwheelers left in the state, a great mixture of contemporary consistency, safety, and comfort while still holding down the timeless and classic steamboat features and design. New Orleans Steamboat Company offers a Dinner Jazz and Daytime Jazz cruise daily year round and does so in the style of an authentic steamboat from the past. Visit the museum quality steam engine room, enjoy live jazz as well as a cruise wide Calliope concert, and even opt in for some of the most delicious and savory creole dishes on the Mississippi. This 2 hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter to the New Orleans Port, one of the world’s most active ports, will allow you to explore the decks of the boat as well as the pages of history as you hear the narration of the city, river, and boats past, present, and future. Be sure to stop by the Steamboat Gift Shop on your way out to pick up your very own unique or educational Steamboat Natchez keepsake.