New Orleans Riverboat Casino Cruise

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A mixture of old-world charm and modern amenities, this totally renovated stern wheeler, the Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS, set sail in Fall 2020. The newest paddle wheeler on the Mississippi River features three beautiful decks with stunning décor and a marvelous roof top viewing deck. She offers two-hour daytime cruises introducing you to the Port and skyline of New Orleans with riverfront narration and options for lunch or a Sunday brunch. The Evening Jazz Cruise provides a mystical night on the Mighty Mississippi, and the option for dinner service prepared fresh on board. It features the Grammy nominated Dukes of Dixieland band, full bar and wine list, for an evening to remember. When you hear the calliope, it’s time to board! Private functions on each of the three enclosed decks are available. Docked at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River in the heart of the French Quarter. (GPS 400 Toulouse Street)

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Steamboat NATCHEZ

The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off for renovations, but her sister vessel, the beautiful Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS, is taking her place on all cruises. Stay tuned for updates as to when the Steamboat Natchez will return to service.

Gray Line New Orleans

Gray Line, the world’s leader in sightseeing, has been showcasing New Orleans to visitors from around the world since 1924. Experience some of the following entertaining and informative tours during your stay in the Crescent City: Swamp & Bayou, Airboat Swamp, Whitney and Oak Alley Plantations, Ghosts & Spirits, Cocktail, City Sightseeing, Cemetery & Voodoo, Garden District and wonderful combinations. Some tours are seasonal. It’s no wonder these “local experts” receive awards for the most creative tours in the world. From bus tours to walking tours, and from daytime to nighttime, you can always count on Gray Line New Orleans! (GPS 400 Toulouse Street)


Louisiana was the fourth state of United States that legalized gambling in the riverboat casinos New Orleans. A riverboat casino New Orleans is a unique concept of an operating a casino in the riverboat cruise on the river Mississippi and its tributaries. New Orleans being the most significant cities along the bank of Mississippi, makes the. We have a huge land-based casino in the heart of downtown New Orleans - Harrah's. If you really want to experience a riverboat, we have two in the suburbs: Treasure Chest in Kenner (near the airport) and Boomtown in Harvey, across the river. Keep in mind they stay docked, so each may as well be land-based!

Café Beignet

Café Beignet locations serve locals as well as visitors with delicious coffees and the freshest beignets in town along with a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. The locations vary in atmosphere from the quaint 334 Royal Street to outdoor patio dining at 311 Bourbon Street in Musical Legends Park. The larger indoor/outdoor location at 600 Decatur Street sports beautiful décor and an opulent bar. Everyone enjoys the spirit of New Orleans at Café Beignet. Listen to the sounds of the Steamboat Willie Jazz Band at the Bourbon Street location and a variety of live music at the other locations. Watch for the newest 2020 location on Canal Street.

Visit New Orleans

Visit New Orleans is a full-service special event company that produces the level of excellence. demanded by its top clients throughout the country. From convention and association events to local celebrations, Visit New Orleans is the answer to a perfect event. Parades, custom tours, transportation, unique dinners and private parties are just the beginning. This Company will welcome your group to the real New Orleans

River City Casino was a twin riverboat casino complex (Grand Palais and Crescent City Queen) in New Orleans, Louisiana, located one block upriver from New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

It was the brainchild of Christopher Hemmeter (operating the Grand Palais riverboat) with a 50/50 joint venture with Capital Gaming International (operating the Crescent City Queen riverboat). The two riverboat complex partially circumvented Louisiana state law (repealed in 2001) requiring riverboat gaming vessels to make the required 90-minute cruise once every three-hour period weather permitting. There would always be at least one vessel docked while the other would sail so patrons would never have to wait in line to board a gaming vessel. The riverboats opened for only nine weeks from March 29 - June 13, 1995.[1] The terminal building complex was still in the ongoing interior construction phase when casino revenue was far below projections, additional funding was not secured and work was abruptly halted with construction tools, blueprints and materials left in place.

'Crescent City Queen' Riverboat at New Orleans 1996
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The riverboats and its licenses were eventually sold off and transferred to other companies. Isle of Capri in Lake Charles acquired the Grand Palais (with license) in 1996. Isle's parent company, Casino America paid $55 million for the Grand Palais Riverboat in January 1996, with a package of cash, notes, stock, warrants, and by assuming $10 million of Grand Palais' existing liabilities.[2]Boomtown New Orleans acquired the Crescent City Queen riverboat without license in 1998 (renamed as Boomtown Belle II) to replace the smaller Boomtown Belle riverboat. Crescent City Queen's gaming license was transferred in 1996 to Casino Magic, which then operated a docked riverboat casino in Bossier City, later renamed Boomtown Bossier City. Boomtown's parent company, Pinnacle Entertainment revived the River City Casino name for its newest property in the St. Louis, Missouri area when it opened in March 2010.

Current status of riverboat terminal complex[edit]

After being shuttered since its closure in June 1995, the terminal building complex was acquired by Mardi Gras World owner Barry Kern in early 2008 and became one of the venue offerings of Mardi Gras World (New Orleans tour attraction and events venue).[3][4][5] The acquisition more than quadrupled Mardi Gras World's event space. After more than 13 years of dormancy, the River City Complex finally saw new life during the Krewe of Boo inaugural parade on Halloween night 2008. It was also the site of the Gulf Aid benefit concert with Lenny Kravitz as the headlining act during the BP oil spill crisis on May 16, 2010. Since then, the River City Complex has become New Orleans' premiere event venue and has hosted events for the NFL, Microsoft, Lexus and more.

In popular culture[edit]

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The Crescent City Queen riverboat was featured in an episode of the USA Network TV series The Big Easy in 1996 while it was still docked at the shuttered River City Casino terminal complex. The interior of the CCQ was also used in the pilot episode of the short lived CBS TV series Orleans starring Larry Hagman in 1997. In the movie Déjà Vu, the white terminal complex could be briefly seen in the background with a cruise ship docked next to it in the scene where Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer investigate the Canal Street Ferry explosion underneath the Crescent City Connection bridge.


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  2. ^Jones, Dow (3 January 1996). 'COMPANY NEWS;CASINO AMERICA TO BUY ANOTHER RIVERBOAT CASINO'. New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
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External links[edit]

  • Hemmeter Companies > River City past project portfolio
  • New Orleans Virtual Archive: River City Casino (Tulane University School of Architecture)
  • River City Casino: Grand Palais casino chips (
  • River City Casino: Crescent City Queen casino chips (
  • Satellite view of the former River City Casino riverboat terminal complex in New Orleans, Louisiana (Google Maps)
  • Satellite view of the Grand Palais riverboat (now docked at The Isle of Capri Lake Charles Casino in Westlake, Louisiana) (Google Maps)
  • Satellite view of the former Crescent City Queen riverboat (now docked at Boomtown New Orleans Casino as Boomtown Belle II in Harvey, Louisiana) (Google Maps)

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