There are two options for riverboat rides, the Steamboat Natchez, New Orlean’s only steamboat, and the Creole Queen a paddle boat. We choose the Natchez, which conveniently docks on the riverfront just on the other side of the JAX Brewery in the French Quarter.
There are multiple times and options available, but because we decided on this activity last minute our only option was the evening dinner cruise. Dinner is optional and we had already eaten, but in hindsight it looked pretty good! If you’re a planner advanced reservations are available.
Along The Way
Boarding begins one hour prior to the boat setting sail, but you’re welcome to board all the way up until just before departure. The cruise sails down the river for one hour and back for another putting you right back where you started.
Along the way you’ll hear information about New Orleans and the surrounding areas along the river banks. We learned about Steamboat homes and the cities levies as well as a bit of history. We saw a many sights, including the Domino sugar factory, which produces 20 percent of the nations sugar, an oil refinery, plantation homes, the lower 9th Ward, navy vessels, the Creole Queen and so much more. The sunset was spectacular and I couldn’t take enough photos!
Once the sun went down we explored the ship a bit, learning all about how the steam engines operate. Afterwards we ordered drinks and contented ourselves with the view and the sounds of a live Jazz band.
If you’re in the Crescent City and looking for a nice way to take a break while still enjoying all that this amazing place has to offer you might consider a ride on the Great Mississippi River.