Riding the City of New Orleans with the Steamboat Natchez Company

Checking out the City of New Orleans riverboat before our ride the following day.

Our friends had recommended that we had to take a riverboat cruise, so we booked a lunch cruise with the Steamboat Natchez Company. Check out their website for all the cruise options, including various lunch and dinner cruises. You can even cruise without the dining option.

Lunchtime Dining on board the City of New Orleans

We chose the Monday lunchtime cruise. Unfortunately, there were generator problems for the time of our cruise, so the moving part was canceled. They did offer full refunds or the option of having lunch on the boat and rescheduling the cruise for a later time. We chose that option and rebooked the cruise portion for later in the week.

Pre-boarding Calliope Concert

While we were waiting to board for lunch, we were treated to a Calliope concert!

Here’s a little snippet of the concert.

Live Jazz and a Delicious Creole Lunch

Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi

We went back Thursday for our rebooked cruise and it did not disappoint. The two-hour cruise along the Mississippi afforded great views of New Orleans and the southern part of the port.

During the first half of the cruise, a fabulous narrator (sorry, I don’t have his name) told the history and sights along the coastline.

And while I didn’t get any pictures, we did see where the tornado had gone through the 9th ward two nights before. (If you missed that part of our adventure in NOLA and how we had to head to the tornado shelter, check out this post.)

After we turned around, we were treated to the Jazz Band as we rode past barges waiting to unload cargo.

As we continued on back toward New Orleans, we were able to see the city skyline from a different vantage point. This was a great way to see more of New Orleans.


Whichever type of cruise you pick, you won’t be disappointed. This is a wonderful way to spend two hours in New Orleans.

Next Week: Galveston & Johnson Space Center.

We’re Mike & Jennifer Skinnell, and together we are The Rambling Quilter. We travel the country full-time in our 41ft. fifth-wheel pulled by our F-350 – affectionately named Beauty & The Beast. Mike still works part-time, and Jennifer writes our blog, travel articles, and contemporary fiction. Our blog is purely for information and entertainment purposes. However, if you’d like to support Jennifer’s writing career, her author link is below.

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