Paddlewheeler Creole Queen in New Orleans, LA

#1 Poydras StreetNew Orleans, LA 70130
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Overview

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.

Description

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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bhollow216
Moseley, Virginia
"Jazz Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
Went out on the 7pm jazz cruise. The sunset was beautiful and there was a soft breeze blowing. There was a jazz band. We did not get a history spiel, only music playing. It was a relaxing evening. Ride was about 1.5 hours.
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mariannem969
"Natchez"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2019 NEW
I had the cruise with the Natchez and it was not worth it. I may have expected too much, but the riverside was boring, the explanation about harbour too much. I do not like that kind of music, but I knew that before. So the gliding along was nice and that is it. I would not recommand it.
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I_do_stuff
Spring Hill, Florida
"Go 4th on the River"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 03, 2019 NEW
The boat was pretty neat and smooth on the water. Food was included as it was a special event, better than expected. There was plenty of "free booze". The lines at the bar were never more than 7-8 people per line. I thought the boat would have gotten much closer to the fireworks. I thought that was the whole point of taking a boat to see fireworks on the water? At like $130 a ticket it was definitely pricey. I could be talked into riding the boat again, but not for the fireworks show.
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Langerhuus
Esbjerg, Denmark
"Ok but expensive"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 01, 2019 NEW
Went here and bought foodticket too, 19 dollars extra per person. It is not worth the money. Buy only the ticket 🎫 - and then buy some food per potion - the food is not that good and we had to buy drinks beside. The historical factor is the best at this tour! Good narrator
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patsyannie
Northern CA
"Good, but be aware of the walk to the battle field"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 01, 2019 NEW
To avoid the heat of heat of the day, we booked a 10 AM tour that included the battle field from the Andrew Jackson era. The commentary during the tour to and from the field was very informative. We did not purchase the lunch, but drinks and water were available for purchase. If anyone in your party has mobility issues, it may be good to call to discuss the number of steps to the different levels of the boat. Also, there is a bit of waling if you disembark at the battlefield. The distance may be difficult for a slow walker.
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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!