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Cruises

Mississippi River Cruises

New Orleans is one of the busiest cruise ports in America – not only because of its easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, but because you can discover America á la Mark Twain on the Mississippi. Take an overnight cruise or come onboard the Steamboat Natchez for a couple hours on a harbor, brunch or jazz cruise.

If you’re planning a longer adventure, remember New Orleans is more than just a place to park your car. The city is one of the most exciting ports in the world. Plan to spend a few days discovering the city’s unique history, food and music before or after your cruise. 

Day River Cruises

Steamboat Natchez

Follow the merry sound of the calliope to the river where you can board the Steamboat Natchez for a dinner, Sunday brunch or harbor cruise back to 1860.

Sip a mint julep as you listen to live jazz and take in breathtaking city views. Make sure your kids get to see the engine room, which looks like it belongs in a museum. Then sit down to a fabulous buffet featuring classic dishes like Southern Fried Catfish, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and more.

Come experience the Mississippi, Mark Twain style on one of the last authentic steamboats on Old Man River. As the paddlewheel churns something will churn inside you as well. For more information, visit SteamboatNatchez.com.

Overnight River Cruises

Great American Steamboat Company

The grand American Queen and the America Duchess offer river cruises from New Orleans of varying lengths. For more information, visit www.greatamericansteamboatcompany.com.

American Cruise Lines

The Queen of the Mississippi and American Eagle offer round-trip vacations from New Orleans. Find out more at www.americancruiselines.com.


Ocean Cruises From New Orleans

  • Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival's DREAM has New Orleans as its home port and cruises Sunday-Sunday, and the ELATION offers 4 & 5 day cruises.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line

    Norwegian Cruise Line

    NCL's DAWN departs out of New Orleans from October - May offering weekly cruises - Sunday-Sunday.
  • Advance Check-In

    With Advance Check-In, travelers flying to New Orleans to board a cruise can check their luggage at the New Orleans airport, and it will be delivered directly to their cruise ship cabins. This service allows travelers to enjoy a free day in the French Quarter, taking in the sights and enjoying the fabulous food for which New Orleans is known.
    Located in Baggage Claim next to Belt #1
  • Machu Picchu Tours

    Machu Picchu Cruise Ship Parking offers a convenient parking solution. Located 5 minutes from the cruise ship terminal. You don't have to worry about walking in the blazing sun or through a tropical rain shower, because they’ll shuttle you to and from the terminal free of charge. Additionally, their parking facility is sheltered, which means your car is protected from both the sun and rain.