North America, Reviews, Travel Advice

Rolling On The Mississippi River With The Creole Queen!

June 11, 2011 • By


When you make plans to visit New Orleans, you already know that great food, finger snapping jazz and spectacular scenery is on the menu. What’s even more special is that the Creole Queen riverboat gives you all that and more. I’m sure that you’ve seen paddle wheel boats on movies like “Showboat”, but it’s pretty amazing to see the expansive ship in front of you as you watch the red wheel revolve round and around cutting a swath through the great Mississippi.

I guess I am a romantic at heart, but I immediately envisioned an image of a southern gentleman walking on the promenade deck with his lady love. Perhaps, this is why some people choose to have their wedding on-board this ship. We were privileged to witness a wedding reception during our evening Dinner Jazz Mississippi River Cruise which was a treat and I believe a must do for anyone visiting the city.


We were served traditional New Orleans fare including:
* Caesars Salad
* Creole Seafood Gumbo
* New Orleans Jambalaya
* Tilapia in a Creole Sauce
* Cajun Braised Beef Brisket
* Green Bean Almondine
* Cajun Potatoes
* Paddlewheeler Bread Pudding with Bourbon Whiskey Sauce
* Bread and Butter
* New Orleans Dark Coffee
* Iced Tea

The house band was very good and kept the guests on their feet for most of the three hour cruise. But for the sheer pleasure of seeing the city’s skyline at night, be sure to go on the top deck to gaze upon breathtaking views, but be forewarned, it gets pretty windy up there but that can be a blessing on a hot day.

Nevertheless, it is the perfect setting to just get away with that special someone or to just sit alone in deep thought while you enjoy the sea breeze kissing your face. The cost is $66.00 for the Dinner Jazz Cruise, but watch sites like TravelZoo which recently offered that same cruise for a ridiculous $29.00, suffice it to say, it sold out quickly!

Dinner Jazz Cruise

Duration: 3 Hours
Boarding: 7:00 pm; Riverwalk/Canal Street Dock
Departure: 8:00 pm
Return: 10:00 pm
Inclusions: River Cruise, Creole Buffet, Jazz Entertainment, Cash Bar, Taxes
Price (taxes are included):* Adult with dinner: $66
* Adult no dinner: $40
* Child (6-12) with dinner: $32
* Child (6-12) no dinner: $20
* Child (3-5) with dinner: $10
Availability: 4 to 5 days a week including every Friday & Saturday (Please check with us for additional days available during the week)
* Reservations required.
* Call for discounted group rates.
* Cruise times may be altered or canceled due to weather and safety concerns.

A couple of days prior, I decided to take the Chalmette Battlefield River Cruise where you can view the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. However, due to the recent flooding, the water table was too high to navigate the Battlefield area, so they would have to skip that portion of the cruise. The company offered a price adjustment for the inconvenience. Nevertheless, it was a great experience that gave us numerous photo opportunities as we departed the port looking back toward the famed RiverWalk which consists of lots of restaurants and shops. Take the red streetcar on Canal Street and go east to the end of the line.

One tip….don’t bother to buy your lunch from the surrounding restaurants before boarding. The prices are a bit outrageous. We decided to wait and see if there was a small concession stand on-board the steamboat so that we could buy a sandwich or whatever. We were pleasantly surprised that they offered a small buffet (drink included) for $13.00 which more than adequately satisfied our (by then) voracious hunger.

I enjoyed taking the cruise after experiencing the Royal Street Stroll the night before in the French Quarter. It was complete madness….fun….but boy it wiped us out. It was nice to know that we would be capping this night off with a nice, leisurely cruise down the Mississippi. So remember, when you are looking for something more sedate, relaxing and an escape from the craziness of the Crescent City, not to mention a sweet taste of days gone by, the Creole Queen is the way to go.

Chalmette Battlefield Cruise

Availability: Daily
* Children 4 and younger are free.
* Reservations are strongly recommended.
* Call for discounted group rates.
* Cruise times may be altered or canceled due to weather and safety concerns.
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Boarding: 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Cruising: 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Price (taxes are included):
* Adult: $22
* Child (6-12): $11
* Child (0-5 yrs): FREE

To make a reservation, contact:

New Orleans Paddlewheels
Jean Lafitte Swamp & Airboat
#1 Poydras Street, Suite / Box 39
New Orleans,  LA. 70130
Ph: 1.800.445.4109
Fax: 504-524-6265