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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Kevin M
Bartow, Florida
"Enjoyed our trip and the history lesson"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
The cruise was enjoyable and entertaining. My favorite part was stopping at the Battle of 1812 war site. The local ranger did a great job of setting up the battle site and the history of the event. They do serve food if you purchase the meal and have a baron board.
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Staunton, Virginia
"Relaxing Evening with Good Band and Food"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
My husband and I really enjoyed everything about our jazz dinner cruise. The food was good and our server was attentive. I’m not sure how many people were on the boat, but the whole set-up was effective at not making it feel crowded. After dinner, we went to the top deck to listen to the band and enjoy the views. The weather wasn’t perfect: there was some rain, but we certainly can’t blame the tour company for that. Overall, it was a nice evening that I’d definitely do again.
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Alresford, United Kingdom
"Brilliant "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
Booked this river boat cruise instead of the Natchez one (which is much bigger and busier). A fantastic trip up the Mississippi with Charles providing an informative, lighthearted and REALLY interesting commentary. We stopped off at the battlefields of 1814, again really informative. Got back on the Creole Queen, headed back to the City and heard all about the impact of Hurricane Katrina and how New Orleans survived. A brilliant trip which we’d thoroughly recommend. Thanks again Charles, you really made it a fantastic experience.
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Kamloops, Canada
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
I had never been to New Orleans before and had booked this trip from home, so no idea what to expect. It was the most wonderful trip I've ever had. To be on a paddlewheel boat on the Mississippi River was incredible to me. To hear about the history of New Orleans, and the more recent history about Hurricane Katrina, as narrated by Charles, a New Orleans native who added color, flair, emotion, and the best speaker I've ever heard, made this trip absolutely indelibly etched in my mind. The Cajun/Creole food was delicious, the stop at the Chalmette Battlefield to hear of the history there and see the home on the site was a bonus. Thank you so much Charles!
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Quebec City, Canada
"Extra New Orleans history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
Always enjoyable to have some authentic history when visiting cities. Charles was our narrator on this 2.5 hr Mississippi River Cruise and was excellent. He talked about the battle of New Orleans , sites along the river and Katrina. The stop to the battle site was interesting as well.
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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!