Paddlewheeler Creole Queen in New Orleans, LA

#1 Poydras StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130
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This historic cruise focuses on 300 years of New Orleans’ history and is narrated by a true local. Hear all the river lore while scarfing down Cajun and Creole flavors from the on-ship buffet. View the French Quarter, the Port of New Orleans and have a shore excursion at the Jean National Historical Park. The whole family will enjoy cruising the river and learning about the rich culture of New Orleans’.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New Orleans Travel Experts
  • The cruise is 3 hours long.
  • Cruise offered twice daily.
  • Children 5 and under are free!
  • Boards 30 minutes prior to cruise time.
  • 1-hour shore excursion featuring a guided tour and talk by National Park Rangers.
  • No outside food or drink.
  • Buffett on-board for additional fee.


from Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
Sit back and enjoy the views or a drink at the bar while journeying down the Mississippi River. Learn about New Orleans' complex, but interesting story, focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans. This cruise is narrated by an expert, local guide who takes guests on a journey of the imagination downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

As you travel to the historic battlefield, learn about the settlement of New Orleans, its river lores, and historical landmarks that lay along the banks of the Mississippi River. Then stop at the battlefield and reflect for a 1-hour shore excursion featuring a guided tour and talk by National Park Rangers.

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Pendleton, South Carolina
"Dinner/Jazz Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
Food was just average, and we had been told at the welcome center that the food was amazing. We were disappointed. We were told we were going on a "jazz" cruise, and there was a "jazz" band, but their selection of "jazz" music was lacking, and only a few of the songs they played could actually truly be called jazz. Very disappointed.
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Nicole H
Nowra, Australia
"Interesting historical cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2020 NEW
We are 5 yound adults from Australia and enjoyed this cruise even though it wasnt the best weather. Plenty of seating but if you want the best out door seats, head out there quickly. we sat outside on the way to the battlefield but then sat inside on the way back as it was too cold. The battlefield where you get off just has an old house ( that you cant go inside) and a visitor centre where you can learn all about the history etc. There is also a guide that will give you a talk. Overall a nice afternoon.
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Cradley Heath, United Kingdom
"Christmas eve jazz cruise "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2020 NEW
Felt this didn't quite match expectations and match website promise. Dress code for a jazz evening Christmas eve cruise would expect people to dress for occasion. Day wear, very casual not in keeping with occasion and a mismatched result. Buffet good but limited with strangely no cutlery. Server didn't bring complimentary eggnog but good to see soft drinks included all night. Jazz trio good but dance space given way to buffet queue nearly entire journey. Would have liked jazz band to encourage dancing to get party atmosphere going. The cruise was mostly coach tours with elderly travellers so our teens felt out of place. Positives were safe dinner option for christmas eve with teens in nola. Easy to get to from canal street. First time on Mississippi and first time on paddle steamer.
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London, England, United Kingdom
"Tour guide (Charles) made historic cruise great - poor boarding experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2019 NEW
I wasn't particularly impressed with the boarding experience (photographer forcing photos I didn't want, being told to get off boat with email confirmation to go to ticket office to physically print a ticket - c'mon, it's 2019!!!). That said, once on board and Charles, the guide, got going, the experience quickly turned around. The history on New Orleans and the Chalmette battlefield was good, but what Charles truly excelled in was his frank and clear account of the unfolding of the events surrounding hurricane Katrina. It was the most comprehensive, clear and informative description I had on the 3 different tours I did whilst in New Orleans. Would recommend the cruise for this alone. I didn't get the buffet but took a look and didn't feel like I was missing out.
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Mike M
Lewes, Delaware
"Cruisin' on the Mississippi"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2019 NEW
The family went on this tour to the Chalmette battlefield. Charles was our narrator for this trip and pointed out the sites on the way to the battlefield and then on the return trip he spoke of Hurrican Katrina and its aftermath, personalizing the story as he knew it. The paddlewheeler was in good shape although it is beginning to show a bit of age. There are several levels and some spots are indoors and some are outside which was our choice on this 70 degree day. The mid level had a a buffet set up and a few in our party enjoyed the beans or jambalaya and the pudding. There were several bars aboard ship and the staff was pleasant and helpful.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

How large are the boats?
The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen is 190' x 40' with a capacity of 800 passengers.

From where does the boat depart? 
The Creole Queen departs from the Poydras Street dock at Spanish Plaza. This is located behind the Hilton Riverside Hotel/Riverwalk Outlet Mall.

Are there any age requirements?
Anyone, any age may cruise on our boats.

Are you handicap accessible?
Yes, the Creole Queen has a weight-restricted mechanical lift. We have wheelchair compatible accessibility. Please be advised, however, that the Chalmette Battlefield park is not wheelchair accessible for handicap passengers taking the daytime cruise.

Is gratuity included in the ticket price?
The ticket price does not include any gratuity on beverages purchased on the boat, or for outstanding personal service provided by your server. If you would like to leave a tip, it would be greatly appreciated.

How early should I arrive for my cruise?
We generally board the vessel one half-hour prior to the Historic Cruise and one hour prior to the evening Jazz Cruise.

Do you cruise in bad weather?
Most of the time, yes. The boat is fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. If for at any reason the boat does not sail, the cruise will be held dockside.

What should I wear?
For evening cruises, appropriate attire is casual to dressy. Afternoon cruises are generally more relaxed, and casual attire is fine.

What type of entertainment is offered?
The entertainment changes depending on the cruise, however, you can always expect to hear live Jazz music on the Jazz Cruise. The daily Historic Cruise offers a narrated tour by one of our knowledgeable historians.

How is seating arranged on board?
Our boats feature community-style seating, with the majority of tables accommodating four to eight people. Please understand we cannot guarantee specific seating on the deck.

Are there smoking and non-smoking sections?
All interior areas of our boat are non-smoking. Passengers who enjoy smoking may do so on the outdoor observation decks.

Can I bring my pet on board?
We do not allow pets on board. However, certified Service Animals as defined by the ADA are always welcome. Although it is not required, as a courtesy we recommend notifying us at least 24-hours in advance that you will be bringing a Service Animal aboard.

Can I bring my firearm or other weapon on board? 
No. All bags are searched prior to boarding and weapons are not allowed aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. In accordance with DHS and USCG policy, only on-duty officers in the commission of their duties having signed the Company’s indemnification document are allowed firearms or other weapons on board the vessel. All others must check weapons with the Captain for safekeeping during the duration of the cruise.

Can I bring my own food or beverage items on board? 
No outside food or beverages are allowed aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Bags will be checked prior to boarding and any contraband discovered will be disposed of appropriately. If you have an allergy or other food concerns please call the office prior to your cruise to discuss your options.

Paddlewheeler Dos and Don'ts 
Do: Dance when the band plays your favorite jazz tune!
Don't: Bring any outside food or drink on a cruise.
Do: Check in at the ticket booth.
Don't: Sit on the boat railing.
Do: Order your favorite drink from our signature cocktail list!