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“NYE Natchez Steamboat Dinner Cruise”
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Cruise back in time aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ,the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. Depart from the heart of the historic French Quarter on our daily Harbor Cruise at 11:30am & 2:30pm. Board to the sounds of the Steam Calliope, followed by a trip to the museum quality steam engine room, live historic and port narration brings the Mississippi River alive during your two-hour cruise. Optional food is prepared on-board Monday-Saturday. Sundays are perfect when you join our Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch. Full bar available and "small plate"snack bar open Monday-Saturday in the Captain's Salon. And for a truly unique view of the City of New Orleans board the Steamboat Natchez for our Evening Jazz Cruise at 7:00pm with the Grammy nominated Dukes of Dixieland. Choose Dinner aboard with New Orleans style food prepared with fresh ingredients, special seasonings and love, buffet style - sure to please those who want to experience our local cuisine. Southern hospitality is in large supply at our fully stocked bar and our mixologists will dazzle you with their specialty drinks.
Long Beach, CA
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“NYE Natchez Steamboat Dinner Cruise”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

You would think that a dinner cruise on the Mississippi for New Year's Eve would be wonderful. In this case, you'd be wrong.

The price per person promised an open bar--which patrons have no access to. While you are waiting onshore to board, there is a cash bar--so, as far as drinks go, you are paying and paying and paying. We were served ONCE with ONE refill on board.

The champagne was rank: probably the cheapest swill available. Food was tasteless, though plentiful. For shame for such incredible waste! AND the entres were tepid to cold.

We were never offered dessert. Never got coffee or tea. No refills on water.

The seating was designed to maximize bodies onboard. Aisles between tables were less than 18 inches. I am sure there were safety and code violations--but who would enforce them?!

Promos promised live jazz band. We got poor quality rock and roll tapes. Then, toward the end of the cruise--the sound system blasted into tonal screaming and apparently there WAS a live band--that was such poor quality that I am amazed that anyone actually hired them (maybe no one did--and their playing onboard was a freebie favor?!) Anyway--they played approx. 20 minutes and then it was back to the taped music.

Their ads promised a great view of the shoreline and city fireworks--they positioned the boat to present the bow--and so here were people lined up 7 deep on the nose of the boat jockeying and jostling to try and get a decent view for photos. Totally sucked.

The commemorative photo was just another ploy to take more of your money: cheezy steering wheel prop. Couldn't tell the background is the paddlewheeler. Better off photoshopping a picture yourself.

Boat left the dock late but returned early. As a business model to separate tourists from their money--this one works. Good thing the tourist pool is deep. I doubt anyone will ever return to do this boat trip again. And I KNOW the locals stay away.

Visited December 2012
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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

like havng school dinners. mushy and served by very uptght people,,,, thrown at you the photos are supposed to be taken for 'securty purposes' but when you come back they then try to sell them to you...why donty they just say that at the start

Visited December 2012
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Holt, Florida
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“Loved it”
Reviewed 31 December 2012

The tour was great. It was a little cold when I went but I went inside in one of the bars and listened to a live band play jazz. I learned a lot on this tour.

Visited December 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Everything we expected and more!”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

We went on the dinner jazz cruise and wow we loved it. There are two sittings for dinner 6pm and 7.45 we chose the earlier one as we had 2 children. Our host "Keah" was wonderful and very attentive with the food being surprisingly good. It was a very cold night so we couldnt spend too much time outside but went down to the engine room and then up to the top where there is a little bar and souvenir shop. The Jazz band was at the top end of the restaurant and there isnt much seating, which by the time we got there all the seat were taken with still 1hr left of the ride so we asked if we could sit at one of the dinner tables that wasn't being used (for the 2nd dinner sitting) and they were happy for us to do that - all in all very friendly and accommodating tour with some lovely views of the bank of the river and bridge. Loved it and so did our boys

Visited December 2012
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Henderson, Nevada
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“New Orleans "Natchez" Jazz Dinner River Cruise”
Reviewed 28 December 2012 via mobile

My second time in New Orleans and my fiancé and I were given tickets to take the Jazz cruise on the Mississippi. It turned out to be an amazing time. The band, Dukes of Dixieland, were awesome. They really captured the spirit of the evening. Great music, a full bar with awesome Bloody Mary's, it was a great time. I'd rate dinner from "okay to good" but the draw is definitely the jazz band, the ship - it was nice standing on the deck (take a coat, it was cold out there!), and being on the Mississippi.

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