I spent the day out yesterday and went on the Steamboat Natchez in my hometown of New Orleans. This was not a sponsored review by any means, this is actually a review I`m doing completely on my own.
I went with a friend of mine to the lunch cruise. Boarding was said to start at 11:30am on the dot and that it did! Upon boarding they have a staff of photographers who take photos which can be purchased at the end of the ride. We opted out of this option and went ahead on board and found us a seat. The boat has 3 levels: bottom, 2nd (where you board, dine, etc) and the 3rd where you can get the best view and visit the small gift shop.
While waiting to depart their is a woman who plays the organ at the very top of the boat. As she plays the cheerful music you can see the steam coming from the organ pipes. The boarding time is very quick and prompt, but be for warned, they do bag checks so keep your belongings to a minimum and keep this in mind. This is for everyone`s safety just as it is for a plane ride.
11:30 on the dot, the scheduled departure time, we were on a roll down the Mississippi River. As you go down the river they have a guide over the load speaker explaining the views you are seeing. So for those who are unfamiliar with the city along the Mississippi, will get a brief introduction to it.
Once we got a move on, we decided to go down to the second level and enjoy ourselves a nice lunch. The lunch menu for yesterday (Monday) was Red Beans & Rice, Corn Bread, Fried Chicken, Cream Spinach, Cold Slaw and Bread Pudding for dessert. A complete traditional New Orleans meal! Typically I don`t like every piece of food I receive from one general place, but I was quite surprised that I ate my plate clean with the exception of some chicken I couldn`t quite fit in my belly!
After lunch we went to go check out their steam room, as the Natchez runs completely off steam and the wood paddle in the back is it`s only means of movement. That was a pretty neat and interesting site to see. You got to see what makes the paddle spin and how it operates. Just an awesome little tid bit of something to check out while you`re on the ride.
Once finished checking out how the boat operates, we headed to the gift shop. Of course I can`t leave without hitting up the store! It is quite small, but has various items you can purchase at reasonable prices. Even though I am in New Orleans, I had to purchase something! I purchased a lovely sterling silver natchez boat charm that says "New Orleans, LA" on it as well as a unique looking wistle called "The Boatswain`s Call".Â This type of wistle was actually what they used to use some time back to pass orders to men on board the ship.
After the gift shop we just relaxed the rest of the ride. The duration of the ride 2 hours for the lunch cruise. The staff was very friendly to everyone on board from what I noticed. Usually looking so young you get overlooked at many of the places you go. I know I look like a young teen when I`m nearly 24 and being treated as an adult with all the staff was definitely a nice experience.
At 1:30pm on the dot, we were back to the unloading/boarding dock to part ways. If you wanted your photo you took prior to departing, you were able to purchase them as you got off the boat. As I said, we did not take advantage to this. It was a very pleasurable experience. It`s relaxing and you learn your history. It is also kid-friendly. Of course, if they aren`t into the sitting and enjoying the water type stuff, I would recommend maybe trying to find a sitter.
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