Historic New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Travels to Louisville for Hurricane Relief Tour

Port Visit To Include Live Music, Steamboat Race and Food Demonstrations

(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- For the first time in over twenty-two years, the legendary New Orleans Steamboat Natchez will embark on a trip down the Mississippi River stopping at seven different cities on a Hurricane River Relief Tour before it arrives back home in the city of New Orleans on November 23.  The Natchez will be in Louisville on Wednesday, November 2 through Friday, November 4. Captain Steve Nicoulin leads a group of New Orleans based musicians, chefs and award-winning steamboat crew-members, some of who are living temporarily on the Natchez as they have lost their homes due to the hurricane.

The Natchez crew will bring the unique flavor of New Orleans to people all across America. The steamboat will dock at each port and will sell tickets for several activities that include food demonstrations, jazz brunches, live music concerts and personalized tours of the legendary Steamboat Natchez itself. Profits from the activities will benefit the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

"Back in 1988, the Natchez and her crew helped me on the path to the White House -- and through this special tour, I am even more proud to see the New Orleans Steamboat Company and the Natchez crew help set Gulf Coast residents back on the road to recovery. This unique event is but the latest reason why I am totally confident we can and will rebuild the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina." - President George H. W. Bush

"I am so pleased that the New Orleans Steamboat Company and the Steamboat Natchez are taking the energy and excitement of New Orleans to the rest of the country, and I am grateful for their generous contribution to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. President Bush and I are going to make sure that all of this money gets to those who need it most." - President William J. Clinton

"The relief tour is a great way for people all over the country to see how amazing the food, music and most importantly the people are from the great city of New Orleans." said M. Gordon Stevens, President & CEO, New Orleans Steamboat Company. "Whether individuals and families have traveled to New Orleans before or are tasting crawfish gumbo and listening to jazz for the first time, we know that once they come aboard the amazing Natchez steamboat, they will know the true spirit of what makes New Orleans great. We look forward to hosting them in New Orleans as well!"

New Orleans' own Dukes of Dixieland with New Orleans vocalists Luther Kent & The Pfister Sisters will be on the Natchez performing at several ports. And from the PBS and Discovery Channel National Television Series, "Great Chefs® of New Orleans" Chef Daniel Bonnot and Chef Willy Coln will be serving some of their famous dishes on the dinner cruises and will be giving several food demonstrations. From red beans and rice to Louisiana gumbo and from the sounds of Louis Armstrong to the famous paddlewheel of the Natchez steamboat, it's all here – New Orleans style.
For a great cause, for a great time, for a great city.

To make reservations for any event on the Hurricane Relief Tour, call 1-800-233-2628 x.416 or visit www.TallStacks.com. For more information on the Steamboat Natchez, visit www.SteamboatNatchez.com.

The New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Hurricane Relief Tour also stops at the following cities:  Cincinnati, Paducah, Evansville, Memphis, Natchez, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The Steamboat Natchez is New Orleans' only steam powered paddlewheeler and is making its first journey down the Mississippi River since 1982. The steam sternwheeler Natchez was launched April 3, 1975 at Braithwaite, LA just 12 miles below New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Her dimensions are 265 ft. long x 46 ft. wide, with a 6 ft. draft, and weighing in at 1384 tons.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2005
Board 4:30pm - Cruise 5:30pm – 7:30pm
GREAT RIVER RELIEF STEAMBOAT RACE vs. the Belle of Louisville and COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS  while you board with Chefs Bonnot & Coln and ENTERTAINMENT by the Dukes of Dixieland, The Pfister Sisters and Luther Kent

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2005
Board 9:30am - Cruise 10:30am-12:30pm
Board 1:30pm - Cruise 2:30pm-4:30pm 
CREOLE JAZZ BRUNCH Cruises and COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS while you board  with Chefs Bonnot & Coln and ENTERTAINMENT by the Dukes of Dixieland Trio

Board 6pm - Cruise 7pm-9pm
DINNER JAZZ CRUISE with ENTERTAINMENT by the Dukes of Dixieland, The Pfister Sisters and Luther  Kent

FRIDAY, NOVEMER 4, 2005
Board 9:30am - Cruise 10:30am-12:30pm    
Board 1:30pm - Cruise 2:30pm-4:30pm    
CREOLE JAZZ BRUNCH Cruises and COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS while you board with Chefs Bonnot & Coln and ENTERTAINMENT by the Dukes of Dixieland Trio

Board 6pm - Cruise 7pm-9pm 
DINNER JAZZ CRUISE with ENTERTAINMENT by the Dukes of Dixieland, The Pfister Sisters and Luther  Kent

Prices: Brunches – Adult $35; Child (ages 4-12) $17.50; Dinner – Adult $55; Child (ages 4-12) $27.50. Profits from the activities will benefit the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

All cruises in Louisville will depart from the Downtown Wharf at 401 W River Road. The Wharf is located just off the 3rd Street Exit of I-64 in downtown Louisville.

To make reservations for any event on the Hurricane Relief Tour, call 1-800-233-2628 x.416 or visit www.TallStacks.com. For more information on the Steamboat Natchez, visit www.SteamboatNatchez.com.