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

220 Reviews | New Orleans, USA

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What you can expect during your visit
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
A note about this tour
Operator is complying with all local safety regulations and the boat will not exceed the maximum capacity allowed. Social distancing is encouraged and guests can spread out among four docks.


The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS -- the newest vessel to the French Quarter riverfront -- with this Viator Exclusive. After being welcomed aboard with a Champagne cocktail, go on a private boat and pilot house tour led by the first mate. Then settle into your reserved seat in the dining room and listen to live jazz as you savor a dinner full of local favorites. If you are looking for a little more, upgrade your cruise to include an open bar option for the entire duration. Don’t miss this opportunity to cruise through New Orleans in style on an exclusive Viator tour that can’t be booked anywhere else!


  • All-inclusive tour
  • Enjoy a romantic night including dinner
  • Exclusive to Viator



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Average 4.73 out of 5 stars based on 220 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Arsenio, Feb 2021 Verified
We had an excellent experience. Gina was an exceptional host. Only thing is we wish we could have been on the steamboat! Guess there’s always next year
Lazarus, Oct 2020 Verified
First of all My husband, Our Kids and I booked VIP. We went for My husband’s 25th Birthday and Let me tell you it was Amazing!!! Go ahead and Pay the extra money for the full tour of the Boat and to be Catered to like Royalty!!! Our host Gina was Amazing!!! She catered to our every need She is The Bomb !!! She went above and beyond to meet our expectations !!! The Crew was Wonderful as well !!! We really enjoyed ourselves! The Captain was Amazing too. We got the chance to learn a lot about the Boat while we was aboard. Everyone was so Nice we received compliments Left and Right !!!! WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE !!! I’m glad we got to experience this !!!
carl r, Feb 2020 Verified
Great dinner cruise. Staff was amazing. Definitely upgrade to the vip package. The captains tour was very informative. Food and drinks were great.
Melissa C, Jan 2020 Verified
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.
caren h, Jan 2020 Verified
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.
Gordon W, Jan 2020 Verified
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.
gleason.leon, Jan 2020 Verified
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.
John B, Dec 2019 Verified
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.
baileyandkahlua, Nov 2019 Verified
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!
April L, Oct 2019 Verified
Our host Jourdan was wonderful. The tour by the Captain was fun and informative. I highly recommend the VIP package.

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