From wild festivals to unforgettable food and so much more in between, you’ll never have trouble finding things to do in New Orleans! But if you’re searching for a way to get out of the bustling Big Easy for a day, Mississippi River cruises are a great way to do it. You can unwind on the water as you take in the natural beauty of the Mississippi and all of its native wildlife. You’ll find numerous options when searching for “Mississippi River cruises New Orleans,” so Leson Chevrolet has taken it upon ourselves to put together a comprehensive guide to help you plan out your trip. Take a look below to get started!
Climb aboard Steamboat Natchez with the New Orleans Steamboat Company. As the city’s one and only remaining steamboat, a cruise on the Natchez provides far more than a great photo op. Book a Dinner Cruise or Sunday Brunch Cruise to enjoy a delicious meal as you head down the Mississippi, or hop on the Harbor Jazz Cruise and show off your dancing feet before checking out the Steam Engine Room exhibit. Pricing and hours vary depending on which cruise you opt for, but know that there are convenient group rates available for groups of 10 or more, and children under six ride for free.
Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen comes alive just as evening falls on the Mississippi River. Dance the night away on the Mississippi River Dinner Jazz Cruise with some of New Orleans’ finest jazz musicians before treating yourself to a NOLA-style buffet. Then, close the night out with a cocktail on the promenade deck as you listen to the croaking frogs and chirping crickets sing a song of their own in the darkness. Were you hoping to see the Mississippi sparkling in the afternoon sun? The Creole Queen also runs a daytime Historic River Cruise. Join a local historian as you journey through 300 years of New Orleans history, drifting past the French Quarters, the site of the Battle of New Orleans, and other infamous historic sites. Like the Steamboat Natchez cruises, the pricing and hours for cruises on the Creole Queen will vary depending on which cruise you reserve and whether you buy a meal ticket.
Joe Rugs Water Adventures
Join Joe Rugs Water Adventures aboard the Miss Who Dat for a serene New Orleans Sunset Cruise on the Mississippi. The boat takes off two hours before sunset, leaving some time to relax and unwind before the colorful main event begins. The Miss Who Dat is a smaller boat, making it an ideal option for groups of family and friends who are looking to reserve a night all to themselves. Those who are 21 and older can take advantage of the cooler on board as the cruise is BYOB, and don’t be shy about playing your favorite tunes on the Bluetooth speakers! There is a six-person minimum to book a private cruise on the Miss Who Dat, costing $75 per person.
Round Trip Mississippi River Cruise
Looking to take to the river for more than just a few hours? American Cruise Lines’ Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise takes guests on a five-day/four-night journey that begins and ends right here in New Orleans. Along the way, you’ll visit historic plantation homes, stop to take in the city’s vibrant nightlife and music scene, indulge in authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine, and more! You’ll find detailed pricing and booking information at the link provided – of course, this option will cost quite a bit more as it takes you on a five-day tour as opposed to five hours.
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