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  • Stacey H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captain Ernie was great and educational. We saw Bald Eagles, some other birds and plenty of alligators. This airboat did not have alot of people which I also liked about the tour. Transportation to and from our hote was great too.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • Tamgray24
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historical evening spent on this steamboat based in NOLA. I would definitely give the food a miss. The best bit was the creamed spinach and gumbo. It was mass catering so it didn’t suit our needs. Although the server was lovely and attentive. The photo scam at the beginning didn’t impress either and they wanted to charge $38 and taxes for the privilege. Apart from these negatives the steamboat was amazing. Loved the journey down the Mississippi. Unfortunately couldn’t hear the person telling us the sights and history due to the loud talking and band. But it didn’t matter it was lovely to be on the boat steeped in history. Well worth taking the trip but forego the food.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Karen B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ernie river airboat tour guide was awesome he provided some great information about the lifestyle of the alligator its habitats and the swamp. We even got to hold a year old alligator. He busted a few myths about alligators for Kiwis travelling and gave us a new found respect for this amazing reptile.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Bronwyn18
    Birtinya, Australia475 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We just returned from this cruise. We paid to have the lunch that is mentioned in the information. I wish I’d realised that there was the option of a snack area where you could buy hot dogs etc as the meal was way too much for me to eat. The information provided during the cruise was very interesting and thankfully even though lots of people were chatting, we were still able to hear what was said. I would do this cruise again probably without the meal. Be aware that there are lots of stairs on this boat and because of its age there is no elevator. Still able to move around on the lower deck.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • nhitedevore
    Kailua-Kona, HI17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were in a big boat but we’re able to get seats on the side. There were 5-6 in each row. The smaller boats had only four. The area was lovely with flowers blooming and lots of gators. The narrator was a soft spoken woman in the back and we didn’t hear most of what she said. . She needed something to magnify her voice. Otherwise it was good.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • estarrag
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views were amazing and took some wonderful photos Captain Alley was awesome. One of the best excursions I ever been on. You definitely have to go.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Amye R
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ian did a great job on our swamp tour. He was very informative and entertaining. I was so excited to take the tour and it didn’t disappoint. The area is beautiful, the gators were seen and all had a great time. 10/10 would recommend.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • Faith C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is experience fantastic . The boat was perfect size and plenty of cover for the hot day. We saw so many alligators and our tour guide Trey went above and beyond in answering all our questions . 10/10 would recommend .
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Findingausernameishard
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charles the historian was an amazing narrator. His story and perspective on Hurricane Katrina was especially touching and poignant. A*

    The cruise was very informative and picturesque, well as much as it can when going down the Mississippi. It stopped at a battlefield. To be honest this wasn’t as interesting as we’d hoped, I would have preferred to hear more from Charles.
    Written 8 May 2024
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  • Vicky B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rocky was our guide and he was FANTASTIC!!! From the moment we got on the airboat, to returning to the dock!Rocky did his very best to ensure his passengers saw everything in the swamp and marshes. We saw baby alligators to one about 12 feet!! And not just floating, Rocky hand fed marshmallows and chicken parts to the many sizes of gators. My husband and I are 66 and 70, and haven’t done anything that fun and interesting in years!
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • John B
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, educational and entertaining tour of the bayou with an engaging and knowledgeable captain. Learned of the history of the area as well as the impact of hurricanes. Saw many alligators. Would recommend. Was very convenient to be picked up at our hotel in the French Quarter.
    Written 14 May 2024
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  • Karen B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out from the pick up and drivers anecdotes and commentary to the fabulous gardens house and information. Plus the swamp ride .
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • karen
    Fredericksburg, VA8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We opted for the VIP ticket and are so glad we did. We boarded early and were greeted with champagne. Next, we were taken to reserved seating to enjoy the jazz band, which was fantastic, and shrimp cocktail. The band took a break as we were led to the dining room, where Cesar salads awaited us. This was followed by chicken and sausage gumbo. We were fortunate to have been assigned a table at the back window in front of the paddle wheel. We left the dock about that time. We were able to watch the scenery as we ate and jump up for pictures on the deck as often as we wanted - which was often! Dinner was buffet style, but was fully replenished with each seating. Everyone was assigned a seating time so that there were no lines for food. The food was better than the average buffet and included something for everyone - beef, chicken, seafood and plenty of side dishes. The bread pudding dessert was outstanding. After dinner, we were treated to a tour of the sternwheeler by Captain Steve, whose 50 year tenure provided lots of good stories. Upon our return to our table, we found a goodie bag of souvenirs and the printed photo taken before boarding. Our server/host, Marlon, was very attentive and made sure to get pictures of us as the sun was setting behind. I highly recommend this tour on the Mississippi. It was a highlight of our visit to New Orleans.
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • AMStLaurent
    Assonet, MA65 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the cruise plus dinner option. The buffet has all the local favorites. Stake out a spot up top early to get a seat to here the band.
    Written 12 April 2024
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  • Presto67
    New York City, NY380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    About a 30 minute car ride from New Orleans is one of the best tours and activity you can do while down in Louisiana. For almost 2 hours you get on an air boat and drive thru the swamps of Louisiana. The captain make pit stops in order to feed and show you the gators. They come right up to the boat and it is great for pics. If you are a nice group, you get to hold and feel a baby gator. One of the best things we ever did.
    Written 17 May 2024
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