The Riverboat Louis Armstrong has three unique interior levels and one open air level on top affording a fantastic view of the City and the River. The entire vessel can accommodate up to 2,500 people. Each interior level has restrooms and separate catering facilities. The four levels, or decks, can be explored on this site with capacities and amenities. Each level is diverse and can accommodate a meeting and dinner or lunch on the same level; a wedding with the ceremony taking place on the top deck with reception on any one of the other levels, or, both the ceremony and reception on the same level. The possibilities are endless. During the 2021 Satchmo Fest The Riverboat Louis Armstrong was introduced to the public for its launch party. Please click here to view the video.
Perfect for trade shows and meetings as it has an open floor plan. This floor can be subdivided to accommodate many uses. You can have lectures and meetings at the bow of the ship while serving lavish lunch or dinner for your attendees aft. This deck has it's own restrooms and catering area. There is an elevator and stairs that connect with the other levels. It's also a perfect fit to celebrate both a wedding ceremony at one end and the reception at the other.
This level features a built-in stage with state-of-the-art sound and lighting - perfect for concerts and entertainment during an event. It also features a VIP backstage area and artist green room and a 40' main bar in the middle of the ship with a 3,500 square-foot lounge aft. This level could also accommodate a wedding ceremony and the reception on the same level.
The third deck or level features the “Louis Armstrong Room” showcasing memorabilia and facts about Satchmo where visitors will see and learn about the life and career of one of New Orleans’ favorite sons. The versatile Satchmo Deck has been designed to accommodate banquets, weddings, receptions, corporate meetings - virtually any event or special occasion. On the other end of the boat is a large spacious area lined with windows for a perfect view of the Mississippi River. You will find restrooms on both ends of this level.
The VIP lounge, dedicated to weddings and private parties, was named after his much beloved wife, whom Louis was married to for 30 years. Louis and Lucille met in 1938. Famously, while courting Lucille, he asked her to prepare his favorite dish of Red Beans and Rice as a litmus test. Being from New Orleans Satchmo meant this very seriously, but Lucille was a northerner so she requested a few days to search for a recipe. She then invited him to her family's home and made a big pot. You see - the best way to a man's heart is always through his stomach!!!
A beautiful spot to catch the River breezes, or a glimpse of the stars and moon. A small portion of this level is covered. Restroom access is one level below and the elevator does not extend to the roof. The Blues Deck is the perfect place to hold a wedding ceremony. Imagine a second line downstairs to the reception.