Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise

Cruise the mighty Mississippi River aboard our award-winning, authentic paddlewheeler. The Creole Queen offers two magical tour options, the first being a Historical Tour that has the distinction of being the only riverboat to stop at the famous Chalmette Battlefield. Focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans, this cruise offered twice daily is narrated by a costumed re-enactor who takes guests on a journey through the history of the city as we sail downriver. Highlights of the tour include the founding of the city by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the “French Quarters” of the Treme and Marigny, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Battle of New Orleans. A one-hour shore excursion at the battlefield features a guided tour and talk by National Park Rangers.

At night, you can step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with our Dinner Jazz Cruise! Experience the lively sounds of the amazing Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in our elegantly appointed dining rooms. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on our promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This dinner cruise is pure New Orleans.

Customizing parties is no problem at New Orleans Paddlewheels. You can reserve an entire deck or the entire boat allowing privacy and greater flexibility in planning your party. You can choose any type of entertainment you desire. You can remain dockside or cruise down the mighty Mississippi River. We can assist you with transportation and hotel rooms. The options are endless with New Orleans Paddlewheels.


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Latitude: 29.948062 Longitude: -90.061828 Elevation: 11 ft

About the Vessel

Constructed in Moss Point, Mississippi, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen took her maiden voyage on October 1, 1983. She is an authentic paddlewheeler powered by a 24-foot diameter paddlewheel and the most modern, fuel efficient GE diesel-electric system ever installed in a boat of this class. Even though the Creole Queen would have been right at home in the New Orleans of 1850, passengers of that era could never have conceived of a paddlewheeler with her luxury, comfort and safety. Ninety tons of air conditioning and heating keep the interior spaces pleasant all year round. Luxurious private rooms, stereo music and sound systems, modern restrooms and handicapped accessible facilities all combine to make the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen a true "floating palace".

The Creole Queen features outer decks with authentically patterned wrought iron trims inviting guests to stroll back in time as they settle into the mood of a bygone era. The interiors are richly appointed with plush Victorian style draperies, soft period lighting, wooden parquet dance floors, and Louisiana Cypress bars accented with brass railing for a warm and welcoming setting.

The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen has three private dining rooms giving her the largest indoor capacity on excursion vessels in New Orleans. Private room and full boat charters are available during our regularly scheduled cruises, as well as interim time frame.

Seasons Open and Departure

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler sets sail all year long

Length of Tour

Our Historical Cruise runs about two hours, plus an additional hour for boarding and docking. The Jazz Dinner Cruise is three hours total, including boarding and docking.

Costs and Fees

Historical Cruise; Adult: $48 | Child (6-12): $24 | Child (0-5): $5 // Dinner Cruise; Adult: $79 | Child (6-12): $36 | Child (0-5): $8

Appropriate Age Groups

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler is open to adults and children of all ages!

How to Find the Departure Point

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler docks downtown at the Port of New Orleans, at 1 Poydras Street (RiverWalk, Spanish Plaza). Easy to get to from everywhere, and right off the I-10 highway, there are several parking lots nearby for easy access. 

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Creole Queen is an authentic paddlewheeler powered by a 24-foot diameter paddlewheel and the most modern, fuel efficient GE diesel-electric system ever installed in a boat of this class.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Tourism magnate Warren Reuther Jr. founded Hospitality Enterprises in the 1960s, which has since grown to be one of the largest hospitality companies in Southern Louisiana. In addition to paddlewheels, the firm owns and operates several nature and city tours, bus tour companies, hotels, and destination management companies.

Accessibility Notes

The Creole Queen is fully wheelchair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

The Creole Queen is not pet friendly, with the exception of certified service animals.

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