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New Orleans: Creole Queen History Cruise with Optional Lunch

New Orleans: Creole Queen History Cruise with Optional Lunch

Activity provider: Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

From US$ 39 per person

Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the mighty Mississippi river. Listen to an exciting narration depicting the last battle of 1812. Learn about New Orlean's famous landmarks, river lore, and culture.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the battlefield where the Battle of New Orleans took place
  • Enjoy New Orleans cocktails on board at the Cash Bar
  • Sit back and relax as you learn about the local history
Full description

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. Join a cruise narrated by a local guide and embark on a journey into the past as you head downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. As you travel to the battlefield, learn about the settlement of New Orleans, its river, and the historical landmarks that line the banks of the Mississippi River. As you cruise, treat yourself to a traditional lunch on board. (If relevant option selected.)

Stop at the battlefield and hear about the legacy of the area on a 1-hour guided tour along the shore with a talk by National Park Rangers. After, return to the starting point where your tour will end.

SAMPLE MENU LUNCH: • New Orleans Style Shrimp Pasta • 10” Roast Beef Po-Boy • Creole Jambalaya • Crawfish Bread • Caesar Salad • Red Beans & Rice • Fresh Baked Cookies • Zapps Potato Chips (Menu items are subject to change by season and availability)

  • 1.5-hour narrated cruise
  • 1-hour guided tour of Chalmette Battlefield by National Park Rangers
  • Creole Lunch Buffet (if option is selected)
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Drinks

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Meeting point

Meet at the Creole Queen boat is docked at the Riverwalk/Canal Street Dock, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • No outside food or beverages are allowed on board
  • Departure times may be altered or canceled due to weather and safety concerns
  • Cruise may remain dockside in the event of unfavorable sailing conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 444 reviews

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On January 7th when we visited the Chalmette battlefield, there were a lot of re-enactments and those who participated were very good about sharing historical information. The cruise on the Mississippi River was pleasant and a professional historian was aboard who explained different things via their speaker system. Overall a great historical tour/cruise.

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January 17, 2023

Charles is the BEST guide/historical storyteller I have ever encountered, anywhere in the world, and I've been on quite a few tours, many which I left prematurely because reading plaques was more thrilling than listening to the boring guide. Charles is not boring! He got me interested in a battle that I didn't care one bit about before showing up to the cruise. When we arrived at the battlefield, I saw little kids running behind a hill as their parents reminded them that Andrew Jackson used kids to run messages during the battle (a factoid Charles told us, explaining the details of how that was perfectly safe). My 16 year old daughter and I went on the 2 p.m. cruise - not sure if they have other guides, but aim for Charles - she got irked if I tried to talk to her and we were both chuckling at his retelling of the story of Hurricane Katrina....an unbiased account that, nonetheless, made clear the sheer incompetence of Louisiana's politicians handling the crisis.

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November 26, 2022

The narrator was phenomenal. We went on a weekend. He said he was previously a lawyer. He made the trip so very very interesting with all his stories and history. He brought everything alive. and then we sat on a picnic table under the trees when we stopped and gave us a great narration about the land and sea battle of New orleans. he made an ordinary boat ride outstanding. And as we stood in line in front of the mall, the music from a street player (who was very talented) was great too...made the wait very pleasant. everyone was wonderful, but the narration was the best! very comfortable seats in enclosed area by bar was a big plus as I have a bad back and bar staff and everyone were very nice.

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November 18, 2022

Product ID: 171936