Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Optional Dinner Buffet

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Be a part of the action on this 2-hour cruise on an authentic steamboat! Enjoy dancing to traditional Jazz music performed by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland Band throughout the night. Take in the skyline of New Orleans from one of the relaxing decks as you cruise the mighty Mississippi River. The optional dinner buffet includes endless Creole and Cajun dishes to indulge in.

Activity Highlights

  • Breathtaking view of the city with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Enjoy casual buffet-style dining and meals prepared fresh on board
  • Featuring live Jazz by the world renowned "Dukes of Dixieland"
  • Visit the museum quality Engine Room


Optional Casual Buffet Menu includes:

  • Natchez Tossed Salad Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette

  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice

  • Steamboat Round Certified Angus Beef, cto order with natural au jus and a horseradish cream sauce

  • Pork Loin served with a Creole mustard sauce

  • Bayou Seafood Pasta Crawfish tails and shrimp tossed in a white wine and garlic parmesan cream sauce with penne pasta

  • Paddlewheel Primavera Fusilli pasta, zucchini, squash, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes tossed in a zesty basil pesto

  • Herb-Garlic Fingerling Potatoes Fingerling potatoes roasted with fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic, and ground pepper

  • Creole Creamed Spinach Spinach with mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese

  • Green Beans Almondine Southern-style green beans topped with toasted almonds

  • White Chocolate Bread Pudding a soufflé of French bread in a custard with a white chocolate sauce

  • Bananas Foster A New Orleans original! Fresh sliced bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and rum, served warm atop vanilla ice cream

  • La Louisiane Sliced French Bread

  • Community Coffee and Iced Tea included

  • Menu items are subject to change by season and availability.

  • We regret that our Galley is unable to guarantee a Vegan or Kosher meal.

What's Included

  • Musical performance by the Dukes of Dixieland Jazz Band
  • Cash bar
  • Creole buffet (Optional Add On)

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Weather appropriate attire


  • The Steamboat NATCHEZ does not qualify for producing gluten-free meals as established by the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization) and therefore must decline a guest's request for a special meal. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Rates do not apply to Special Event or Holiday Cruises or Tours.

Additional information

  • Boarding will begin 1 hour prior to departure.
  • The cruise will leave 7:00 pm regardless of seating time.
  • This boat is handicap accessible however once aboard, due to the historic nature of the boat, you will need to use stairs to access levels above or below the main level.
  • Restrooms are available on board.
  • Children ages 2-5 who are going on the cruise only (no meal included) cruise free.
  • Gratuities not included.
  • A gift shop and cash bar are available but not included in the cost of this cruise.
  • Service animals as defined by the ADA are allowed.
  • There are 2 dining times to choose from. If you chose a ticket with meal service and fail to choose a dining time one will be assigned to you based on availability.
  • After/Before your dining time you can enjoy the upper deck of the steamboat, however, the dining room will not be open to you unless you are being seated for your dining time.
  • Transfers must be used in conjunction with optional tours.
  • Groups of 10 or more should call 850-424-5125 before booking.
  • Handicap accessible.

Cancellation policy

Customers may cancel at least 48 hours prior to their arrival date to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable and the vendor calls off the tour, the customer may reschedule for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 48 hour cancellation period. No shows are not eligible for a refund. Customer agrees that this booking is for 9 passengers or less. Customers booking 10 or more tickets at a time will be considered a group subject to additional rules. There are 2 dining times to choose from. If you chose a ticket with meal service and fail to choose a dining time one will be assigned to you based on availability.

Groups of 10 or more will have a 50% non-refundable deposit kept on any cancellations or changes regardless of how far out they are made. Groups of 10 or more will have to pay a $2 gratuity per person, select ticket during check out. Customers are required to sign a contract and a copy of the signed contract is due within 7 days of booking to confirm your reservations, otherwise your order will be canceled. A final guaranteed passenger count is due 72 hours prior to your cruise. Decreases making total due less than the 50% deposit will not receive any refund of original deposit. Any decreases to passenger count within 72 hours will not be refunded. No shows will not be refunded. Additional seats may be purchased on site based on availability however seating will be reserved for the final guaranteed passenger count. If you would prefer to book your group booking via phone please call 800-450-7139 and ask for the groups department.

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Read what other TripShock! travelers think about the Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Optional Dinner Buffet. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip. Only TripShock! customers may leave reviews. Please login to your reservation to post your review.


Review of Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Optional Dinner Buffet

  • Faye Davis Arizona, USA Apr 14 2019 10:33am

    I enjoy the food and the music it was a beautiful ride

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  • Elizabeth Hubbs USA about 24 days ago

    Great food

    The food was great. However, when the captain told the history of the Mississippi River, everything was on the left side of the boat. When they turn the boat, they should repeat the history so the right side of the boat can see what he was talking about. Otherwise great experience.

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  • Management Response, about 23 days ago

    Much of the visitor related notations are to the left side of the boat on the way downriver. The Jazz band plays during that second half. We have tried intermingling music with commentary but that seems to miss points. If anyone would like, we have an overview of the cruise points on board with our hosts - and in other languages than English.

  • Linda Apperton Chicago, Illinois, USA about 2 months ago


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  • Management Response, about 23 days ago

    Thank you

  • Anthony Jones USA about 3 months ago

    Better Food

    The music was awesome and the drinks were good but the food could use a little help. The same size salad at a table of 4 as a table of 2. Hummm? An option to dine 1st or late would be nice. Dessert was par at best.

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  • Management Response, about 3 months ago

    Your server should have been able to provide additional salad for your table. When booking our guests can select the earlier or later seating, depending on availability. We regret that you were unable to do so.

  • Robert Powell USA about 3 months ago

    Dinner on the Natchez

    I enjoyed the evening cruise on the Natchez, but have to report the meal served just wasn’t up to my expectations given the price paid.

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  • Management Response, about 3 months ago

    Our meal menu is posted but perhaps you did not have a chance to check and make sure it would be to your taste. We don't like guests to be disappointed. The ticket includes the cruise, engine room visit, entertainment, and the buffet. Hope that helps explain.

  • Sedra mazi USA about 5 months ago


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  • Rodrick Davis Alabama, USA about 5 months ago

    Family Affair

    Tripshock saved us a huge expense while on a quick family trip. The boat was a nice event-filled with family and significant others. It was clean and tidy. We did venture out on a not so promising day. This was no fault to the crew or administrators. It was cold and wet and the typical passengers that were not dining could not be accomadated. We had two teenagers that were NOT pleased. I did purchase a family excursion with dinner but when my voucher was printed dinner was not added. That did upset me. However, we chose to take advantage due to the opportunity. The hard part was that there were many seats available during the dinner period of the cruise that were either not sold or multiple no shows. We saw the crew preparing take home dishes that were untouched while we were... read more

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  • Management Response, about 5 months ago

    Ms.Devore, we researched your review to locate how we could have misprinted your tickets. It appears that the reservation sent to us from Tripshock showed a purchase for only the cruise portion and not the meals. You might want to check with them if you believe that you did not receive what was paid for that evening. I am not sure if you asked about purchasing a meal on board - and if there was that availability on board we would certainly have accommodated your family. We appreciate that selected us and apologize for any difficulties that it caused your or your family.

  • angela gilliam USA about 11 months ago


    The food wasnt good. I dont eat beef and that was all that was served other than gumbo with minimal to no Seafood in it. When I asked the guy if there was chicken all he could say was your cutting the line he was actually cutting the beef and very rude. I felt like it was a waste of money since I could not really eat.

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  • Jackeline Vargas USA about 11 months ago

    Dining took to long

    Departure was at 7pm, dinner 7:45 done at 9 at the same time ship arrived at port. No windows in the diningroom so kinda missed the whole thing.

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  • Management Response, about 11 months ago

    Thanks for booking with us and letting us know about your experience. The Steamboat Natchez offers two different dining times so if you visit New Orleans again, I'd recommend choosing the earlier dining time which is one hour before the boat's departure. That way you can enjoy some time on the observation deck after dinner. I hope that you still enjoyed your experience overall and that we see you next time! TripShock Guest Service Manager

  • Zahalla USA about 1 year ago

    It was crowded

    The food was ok... the captain was cool and service wasn't bad... it was super crowded at all the bars.

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  • Margaret USA about 1 year ago


    Positives: unique, pretty view, party atmosphere, good food, fun time with friends and colleagues, really great server who sang us a gospel song at our request. Negatives: cumbersome, cumbersome ticketing process, long wait in hot sun on board, credit cards not accepted on board, average, sporadic music. I was REALLY disappointed in the music. It just wasn’t very good, but we didn’t even hear any most of the time. Result: a very expensive buffet dinner of unremarkable quality.

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