Chistmas Eve on the Natchez Steamboat

New Orleans wouldn't be New Orleans with out the sound of calliope as the NATCHEZ goes steaming along the Mississippi River.

AS the last steam powered paddle wheeler on the entire river, this New Orleans landmark provides a unique perspective of the city. The NATCHEZ Steamboat is modeled after the older steamboats, so you get the feeling that you’re stepping back in time when you’re on board.

And just in time for the holiday season, NATCHEZ Steamboat is offering their special Christmas Eve 'Watching for Santa' Cruise. Fun for the entire family, guests will be treated to a welcome eggnog along with delicious New Orleans style four-course dinner.

Fast facts
about the NATCHEZ Steamboat:
  • Louis Armstrong’s first job in New Orleans was playing on the NATCHEZ Steamboat. To this day, they feature live jazz bands on every cruise including the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland
  • One of her Captains is able to perform wedding ceremonies onboard the boat
  • The Pilot still uses an old telegraph for communication to the Chief Engineer Identical telegraphs are located in the Pilot House and in the Engine Room
  • Her bell is inlaid with 250 silver dollars
  • The only wood in the NATCHEZ is her main bar and her paddlewheel buckets
For more information or to make your reservation on the Christmas Eve 'Watching for Santa' Cruise, visit NATCHEZ Steamboat.

Photos: Courtesy of Emily Schmidt/Gambel Communications

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