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 guests 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 Gluten Free, 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.
  • Seating time options include 6:00pm or 7:45pm.
  • 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, guests 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 guests chose a ticket with meal service and fail to choose a dining time one will be assigned based on availability.
  • After/Before guests dining time guests can enjoy the upper deck of the steamboat, however, the dining room will not be opened unless guests are being seated for 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 guests chose a ticket with meal service and fail to choose a dining time one will be assigned 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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Cruise was great, food so so

Review of Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Optional Dinner Buffet

  • Linda Lacelle USA Apr 15 2019 11:42am

    It was a beautiful night. Jazz band was great. The food did not have a lot of flavor and was salty

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  • Management Response, about 5 months ago

    We will certainly pass along your comments to the band and the Chef. Thank you

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  • angela gilliam USA about 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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  • Kevin USA about 1 year ago

    Natchez jazz dinner cruise

    Trip was nice. Wish it was longer. Those 2 hours went by quickly. Food was great. But our waitress was HORRIBLE. As a former waiter I am usually lenient on colleagues. But she totally ignored us. By the time she acknowledged us, the salads were gone. It put a damper on our 30th anniversary

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  • Valander Battle USA about 1 year ago


    Food was good bit price is over rated!

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  • David Barron USA about 1 year ago

    Nice cruise...buffet was ok.

    I'll eat before we go next time. Buffet was fair. Nothing to write a great review about though.

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  • leonard USA about 1 year ago


    Not very scenic. A lot of industrial views. Took forever to get the bottle of wine we ordered. Prime rib was a pot roast. Meh.

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  • Tom Sheehan USA about 2 years ago

    Been there, done that!

    It was OK! The food was mediocre; the band was good, but took many breaks.

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  • Cheryl USA about 2 years ago

    Enjoyed the cruise

    Food was good, but not the true southern food experience I had hoped for (jambalaya, gumbo, etc). The jazz music was really good. The scenery was not a reason for taking the cruise since it is mostly an industrial area. But I enjoyed the experience.

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