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New Orleans Riverboat Cruises

View the city from the Mighty Mississippi by taking a New Orleans riverboat cruise.

New Orleans' sits at the base of the Mississippi River and at one time was only accessible by boat. The Mighty Mississippi is one of the largest ports in the United States, with ships carrying more than 31-million tons of cargo through the city every year. Before the large barges, steamboats were the common river vessel. A New Orleans river cruise transports you back in time the second you climb aboard one of the steam-powered paddleboats. Daytime, lunch, dinner and jazz cruises are available aboard the Creole Queen or Steamboat Natchez:

  • Creole Queen: Modeled after the paddlewheels of the 1800s, the Creole Queen took her maiden voyage in 1983. The authentic 24-foot paddlewheel powers the ship as it travels the Mississippi.
  • Steamboat Natchez: The Natchez was launched in 1975 and is the ninth steamboat to bear the name. She has a 32-note steam calliope and a 25-ton white oak paddlewheel.

A Mississippi River cruise is a way to experience New Orleans from a different perspective. The riverboats' captains explain river lore, New Orleans history and the importance of the Mississippi River to the city and the country, all while you enjoy the calming ride down river. If you decide on a lunch or dinnertime cruise, you will enjoy Creole dishes and famous New Orleans cocktails. You'll also be able to see an authentic, award-winning New Orleans Jazz band, such as Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. We recommend lingering on the upper decks, especially at sunset, for an unparalleled view of the city.

Can't decide on which riverboat cruise to take? Joieful's experience experts are here to help! Let them know what you're looking to do and they will point you in the right direction. Connect with an expert by phone, email or text or visit one of Joieful's concierge desks throughout the city (including at the Hyatt Regency, Sheraton, Marriott and Hilton St. Charles). Be sure to read each riverboat cruise's reviews. We make sure to post all guest reviews, so you know exactly which cruise is right for you. Keep checking Joieful's Riverboat category for the best Mississippi River cruises and experiences. As new cruises continue to become available, Joieful is here to bring them to you. Simply choose your riverboat cruise, pick your date, purchase your tickets and get ready to set sail!