There are several different riverboat tours. The Natchez is the only steam-powered sternwheeler in New Orleans. It has a musical instrument that has been identified with steamboats called a steam calliope, which can produce 32 notes. The steam calliope plays upon departing. The Natchez has live music by the Steamboat Stompers. Two-hour harbor and jazz cruises depart from the Jackson Brewery at the Mississippi river at 11:30am and 2:30pm. At night, you can take a dinner/jazz cruise.
I took a late afternoon (1 hour) cruise on the Cajun Queen. The cruise was OK, but it really depends on what other traffic is on the river as to how interesting it is. The section we cruised down and back was not that interesting. There were a few good picture opportunities and it was interesting to see the Cathedral and the city scape from the cruise ship.
The paddle wheeler Creole Queen (and her sister riverboat the Cajun Queen) cruise the Mississippi daily, passing the French Quarter, plantations, battlefields and other attractions. You can enjoy dinner/jazz with a Creole buffet. Really pleasant vibe.
I did not personally take a cruise on the steamboat Natchez. Two friends who traveled with us on this trip did take the cruise. They had lunch on board the boat also. They said the cruise was nice but not exceptional. They also the the lunch was alright but not great. I took this picture from the Riverwalk as the Natchez was going up the river. Altough not something I felt compelled to do, a ride on the Mississippi River is another unique thing you can do in New Orleans. I did enjoy walking along the water front and watching the boats pass.
One of the nicest things we did (and only just made the last cruise of the afternoon on our last day) was the one hour harbour cruise. There are several types - a battlefield/lunch cruise, dinner jazz cruise, a gospel brunch cruise or just a one hour cruise that we did.
The weather was lovely late afternoon and the boat uncrowded so that you could walk around and sit anywhere at your leisure while listening to the Captains narration of points of interest. You will cruise past the French Quarter and through part of the Port of New Orleans. Last one hour cruise departs at 4.00pm (or luckily for us - 4.02pm).
The Mississippi River is an important part of New Orleans. The water looks brown but this is due to the silt coming from the Mississippi Delta. In New Orleans you can enjoy this river by taking a paddlewheel boat or just walk on the boardwalk along the river.
Make a trip with a paddlewheel boat!
Do I need to explain this?????
Picture this, with a nice jazz music and the sound of the paddlewheel you see the boarders of the Mississippi, just a great feeling! (and we had also beautiful weather)
Take a look in my travellogue for a picture of the paddlewheel
SWAMP TOURS -- tour the Louisiana bayous with a Cajun guide, observe the local wildlife -- and even hold a cayman (a small alligator) in your hands
STEAMBOAT RIDES -- tickets can be purchased at the Riverwalk. The photo on the left shows the CAJUN QUEEN, one such boat.
The Natchez Steamboat can take you on a 2 hour cruise with or without dinner, up the Mississippi River---They also have Jazz cruises and more with coupons available on the web---
The Mississippi is the main river through New Orleans. At this river you can cruise with a steamer.
For example the Natchez, you can make a two hour cruise starting from the french district.
Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi River
a wonderful way to spend a few hours
New Orleans Steamboat Company
Enjoy a ride on a paddlewheeler(Natchez)up the mighty Mississippi River. Thats the Huey P. Long bridge in the background.
The photo I have of the Natchez is not the best of quality but I only want to use my own pictures at VT.
If only we would have had one more day to spend in New Orleans ...
Definitely go for a ride on a Mississippi river boat while you're in New Orleans. It'll give you a feel for what made the city what it is today.
If you want to see the city from the River you have to take a river cruise. Or if you prefer to see the city/river by land take the Riverfront Trolley. Either one or even both are great fun.