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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New Orleans, Louisiana
"Fun riverboat tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
Spent the afternoon on the riverboat doing the historic tour. The tour guild was amazing and did a great job of telling the history. Stopped off at battle site where the park ranger was also very good. Very educational and learned a lot about New Orleans.
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"A fall escape"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
Had a great time avoiding the Black Friday shopping hoards on the CQ. Boarding was easy. Found great seats on the upper deck to enjoy the beautiful day. The highlight of the trip though was the trip (guide, narrator, historian, story teller) Charles. Charles did an amazing job making the trip come alive. His knowledge of the area was immense and he was able to make the entire trip interesting. His recollections about Katrina were incredible and brought alive what we only saw on television. THANK YOU!
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North Fort Myers, Florida
"Why or Why Did I do this to my Family"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2019 NEW
Mississippi River Cruise.. Sounds like fun. NOT! What is there to see but a few barges and cargo ships coming into port. On the way the the Battlefield, we heard a great deal about the history of New Orleans from the retired school teacher captain. No offense please, but I’ve heard the history lesson from the Tour Bus guy, the walking tour guide and every handout there is about New Orleans. On the way back, we were provided with music over speakers that came from Radio Shack in the 1960s. The selection was many things, but New Orleans uplifting jazz was not amongst the selections. I’ll give two stars for the great bartender who served me 2 Makers and Soda’s that helped numb my pain of the trip and the food server / chef who served my daughter a really great bowl of Red Beans and Rice along with a dish of his Bread Pudding. Both were very good. As for the 2 1/2 hours spend on this “tour”, there are much better things to do in New Orleans.
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Mexia, Texas
"Amazing historical voyage "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
Extremely glad we took this cruise; learned so much about New Orleans history and culture. Charles was the voice behind the microphone, he was incredible; entertaining and dramatic; he was amazing it made the story seem live. The tour covers a tremendous amount of information and sites; we were able to disembark during the tour at a historical site near the battlefield and cemetery. On the return voyage Charles tells the story of the event which occurred during and after Hurricane Katrina, if for no other reason take the trip to learn of the people and city’s resilience.
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Bob C
Ottawa, Canada
"Short haul on the mighty Mississippi"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2019 NEW
Took the 10am trip down river to the site off the battle of New Orleans. The beautiful day helped make it a great trip, but what was the best feature was the live history of the area by Charles. Excellent couple of hours
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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!