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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Saint Charles, Missouri
"Paddle wheel cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2020 NEW
Took a trip on this paddle boat. It comes with tour of a battlefield from the war of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans. Our tour guide was Charles. He is an excellent guide and storyteller. He is very knowledgeable about New Orleans history. We have been on several tours in New Orleans and his stories were the best by far. Highly recommend this if you enjoy history. There is not much told about this war in school so it was nice to get a little history on it.
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Teresa M
Chingford London
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 04, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down the Mississippi, the Guide was informative, the views were nice, the boat was good as was the creole food. Stopped off at the site of the Battle of New Orleans. Very good.
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Rapid City, South Dakota
"Tour Narrator Charles was AMAZING!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 26, 2020
I am not generally a fan of tour guides. I find that typically they have no professional speaking ability, rely on the same campy humor, have no personal interest in what they are narrating and overall add nothing of real interest. Most make the experience worse in my opinion. On the creole Queen the narrator was Charles Chestnut. Charles was SUPERB in EVERY way. In fact if it weren’t for his narration this tour would have received a 2 star rating. He was that great. First he and his family are deeply vested in New Orleans and its history. He comes from family native to New Orleans for generations. This instantly added credibility and passion. Mr. Chestnut is very educated in history. His historical points were both factual and very insightful. I have a history degree myself. Even I was unaware of much of his content but his conclusions and explanations of the impact of these little known facts was absolutely fascinating and provocative. On the return trip he gave a detailed history of hurricane Katrina and its broad social and political impact on New Orleans which was unforgiving, unabashed and mesmerizing to listen too. What really made his performance outstanding was Mr. Chestnut knows how to speak. He is a true performer. His voice is excellent, his cadence and timing first rate and his humor was intelligent and just damn funny. Bravo! My wife and I did not want the tour to end. We would have paid 5 times what we had for this little boat ride just to hear Charles Chestnut speak! Let alone for his coveted recommendations of music and food in a city he knows like few others. Magnificent!!!! We went to the places he recommended and they are OUTSTANDING. If you book a tour on the Creole Queen ask who the narrator is and don’t book without Charles Chestnut. Some other practical items. You can get a buffet lunch. We did not as we heard it was just ok. In a city known for its food we chose against. We were glad we did. They do have a bar on board with limited and pricey selections. The crew were all very nice. The boat is safe and in good shape. Views are good throughout. We preferred top deck bow sears that had small tables and a great view.
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San Antonio, Texas
"A Wonderful Cruise Downriver to Chalmette"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2020
This 3 hour day cruise to Chalmette was an unexpected highlight of a recent family reunion trip to New Orleans. Our guide for the short journey was excellent and was full of stories about the early days of French New Orleans and the 1815 Battle of New Orleans which was fought in Chalmette, just a few miles upriver from city.
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West Palm Beach, Florida
"Best Way To Start The Trip for History Lovers!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
This historic paddle boat was simplicity charming. I had one member of my party in a wheelchair and the staff was excellent in accommodating us. The entire boat ride was narrated by an amazing guide, which you could hear over the sound system from anywhere on the boat. The guide spoke about the history and current state as the boat sailed down the Mississippi. The bar is available for those that didnt pay for meal (like us). The boat then docks at the historic battlefield where Andrew Jackson once stood, and passengers can exit, enjoy the park, and what was impressive to me was the themed Park Ranger that captivated the crowd with the story of the times. Tip: There is a sidewalk for anyone with a stroller and wheelchair to enjoy the park. Tip 2: Set a timer! You have to use your time wisely, before the paddle boat sails back away. As a history lover, I enjoyed it a lot, and found it as a great way to kick off my trip (learning about the history).
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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!