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  • Writer's pictureJessica Windham

New Orleans Only Historic Tricentennial Cruise....Creole Queen Paddlewheeler

Updated: Aug 31, 2018

The Creole Queen is a paddle wheel operated 190’x40’ beautiful boat you can see if you are in New Orleans along the Mississippi River Walk. The ship was built in 1983 and holds up to 800 passengers. The vessel is a wonderful experience to ride on whether you are a local or a tourist. I can relate a story of this particular ship since I actually had the pleasure of following in my sister and brother’s footsteps by taking a job on this beauty. In between my Senior year in high-school and going off to college, I was a hostess and worked the Dinner Jazz Cruise. I honestly thought it was a unique job to have, compared to jobs held by most other people my age. My husband and I took our two oldest sons on the Papa Noel Cruise offered during Christmas season; and it was truly a fun and memorable experience! We have honestly been to lots of holiday events with the kids and I always tell people this was the best and we plan to do it again.

While the Creole Queen paddle wheeler offers several cruises, I want to share my experience so you would know what to expect of the Historic Tricentennial River Cruise which runs twice daily. As we boarded there was a photographer to take our pictures where later they offered for purchase. Then we were stopped briefly for a security check for people who were carrying bags or purses. Security checks never bother me because I rather feel at ease knowing I have extra security on my side. We continued up a ramp and stepped aboard, we were greeted by a friendly attendant who took our tickets and pointed us in a general direction of areas we could visit. There is an option to get the meal plan or just do the ride. My husband and I don’t get out much between his demanding work schedule and us having 3 little boys so we were there for the kit and caboodle. We entered the main dining area where there was a delicious array of amazing New Orleans style cuisine. They also had a full bar as well open. If you choose the meal ticket it does include, coffee, tea, water, or lemonade. Other alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. I had a Bloody Mary and let’s just say it was one of the best with just enough spice. The food buffet is open from when you board the ship, 30 mins prior to sailing until 30 mins before you sail back to port. The buffet offered a variety of dishes for everyone. The bread- pudding I must say is AMAZING! There is a narrator who takes you through the history of New Orleans as you sail down the river to Jean Lafitte National Park and the historic Chalmette Battle Field. You then stop there to experience more amazing history about our city. The boat docks for approximately 45mins at this area to allow you time for a visit before returning to the Port of New Orleans. The vessel has outside seating all around as well as inside so you can choose how you want to experience it. I truly must say, that this cruise is one to go on. The service and staff were all friendly and made it one to remember.

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