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Quilting the Fabric of America River Cruise

July 2023

River Cruise

Imagine a quilting bee that is traveling up and down the river. On this cruise expert guest quilters will lead hands-on sessions; think of it as a floating quilting convention. This is a voyage for creative expression – and you’ll be sure to enjoy the new patterns, tips and tutorials that you’ll pick up along the way.
The Mississippi River stretches north toward country that’s almost as wild and beautiful as it was during Mark Twain’s lifetime. Meander along this legendary river from Memphis to St. Louis. You’ll watch landscapes, cultures and even language transform – each new experience equally as rare and beautiful as the last. A new chapter awaits around each river bend.


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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 7 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • 1 Night Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
  • Included excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Unlimited beverages including wine, spirits, craft beers and specialty coffees
  • Smoothy and juice bar
  • All meals
  • 24 hour in room dining
  • Bicylces and hiking sticks
  • Live daily entertainment
  • Expert quilters with hands on sessions
  • New patterns, tips and tutorials
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host


Day 1
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Welcome to Memphis!

Welcome to Amsterdam. Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.
Accommodations: The Peabody Memphis

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise

Memphis has a plethora of places to visit and things to do for all guests. Embrace the city that has been coined not only the home of the blues but also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Boogie on down to Beale Street – alive with quirky places to indulge in some Southern barbeque, purchase souvenirs for friends and family (or a little something for yourself) and sip on a Blue Suede Tini.

As one of the most famous music destinations in the world, Memphis is a melodious port for our guests to experience.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
River Cruising

Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Today will be a full day of quilting. Learn expert quilting tips and embrace some new patterns from the expert guest quilters.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
New Madrid, MO

New Madrid is known for being near the military engagement the Battle of Island Number Ten during the Civil War. The city is also famous for being the site of a series of more than 1,000 earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, caused by what is called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Explore the history of earthquakes, documented with seismographic recordings, in addition to Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts and family life in New Madrid during the 19th and 20th centuries.

As the first American town in Missouri, New Madrid was founded in the 1780s by George Morgan, an American Revolutionary War veteran and merchant from New Jersey. Named for Madrid, Spain, the town was to be an American colony. Morgan had grand plans for New Madrid, but the Spanish governor of Louisiana, Estavan Miro, was outraged that Morgan had the audacity to create and name his own city (a privilege that only the King of Spain should possess). Morgan's plans in shatters, he left and returned to the East. Governor Miro reestablished the town, and then in 1811 and 1822, a series of earthquakes shook the region. Some were so intense that they could be felt as far away as New York City, Boston, Montreal and Washington D.C.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Paducah, KY

In the hands of artists, modern Paducah was thrown into form. Fingertips muddied with passion and eased by the vision of river water glided along the surface to pull up the community and create the National Quilt Museum. Residents backstitch past into present, then bind appreciation for culture – ensuring that the seams of history will not soon come undone.

The people of Paducah have taken great care to orchestrate every crevice of its community into a symphony of craft and color. Life is a work of art, and the town of Paducah certainly is alive and well. Feast in this foodies’ fantasy. Uncover mastership. Catch a glimpse of Paducah.
Paducah embraces its harmonious history between the European settlers and the Chickasaw Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Region due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah's history, as transportation was easily accessible.
Of course while in Paducah you will want to visit the National Quilt Museum. marvel at the artistry of the Museum’s collection of contemporary quilts and ever changing touring and thematic exhibitions that celebrate traditional and non-traditional quiltmaking methods. The Museum Collection features more than 500 pieces of fiber art by internationally renowned quilt artists.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Cape Girardeau, MO

Cape Girardeau has shown hospitality to the likes of Mark Twain, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and now greets our guests in the same vein. Peeking through the long-standing architecture and handsome panoramas are moments that will mature into golden memories. They say sometimes the little things make the biggest impact, and here, a million little things have built an empire.

Take time to dance among the light of day or pedal along the sliver of bike lanes that strip along city streets. Embrace legends, discover a simpler time and relive the wonders of the past. Here, exploration of young America is at your fingertips.
Nestled along the western banks of the mighty Mississippi River lays the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It’s a community rich in history and heritage. For more than 250 years, people have been drawn to Cape Girardeau and the river on which it lies. Stroll along the riverfront to feel the passion that led Mark Twain to write so eloquently about Cape Girardeau in Life on the Mississippi , the inspiration that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used to lead with firm conviction as he took command of the Union Army in the historic downtown and the warmth and hospitality that community founder Louis Lorimier extended to Lewis and Clark while on their journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase. Accommodations: American Countess

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Chester, IL

Let the us transport you back to the good ol’ days – an era of cereal and Saturday morning cartoons. Before he sailed the Seven Seas, Popeye the Sailor Man was but a twinkle in the eye of Elzie Segar, a Chester native. This is your opportunity to seize nostalgia in the birthplace of one tough gazookus.

Chester not only groomed Segar’s creative talent, but also acted as a muse, providing character inspiration in the form of its own residents. So, enjoy the origin of this childhood classic and keep good behavior – that’s your one life-saver with Popeye the Sailor Man – toot-toot.
Known as the “Home of Popeye,” Chester, Illinois is a city rich in history and pop culture. Because creator and writer of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, was born here, the famous characters starred in the show can be seen showcased frequently throughout the town. Stop at the Popeye Character Trail to view granite statues of the characters overlooking the Mississippi or check out America’s only Popeye museum and gift shop to take home a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Chester! Spend the day exploring the history of the city as you walk through luxurious homes, historical buildings and museums!
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, famously referred to as the Gateway City, is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultural traditions each one brings forth. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, which stands on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States.

St. Louis, Missouri, famously referred to as the "Gateway City," is known for its diverse neighborhoods and the different cultures and traditions each one brings forth. The iconic city was founded in 1764 by French explorers who established the land as their fur trading post. In 1803, the city's name began to spread as the beginning point for the famous Louis and Clark Expedition. The city is typically associated with its 630-foot stainless steel monument, The Gateway Arch, which stands tall on the banks of the Mississippi River to symbolize the westward expansion of the United States.
Accommodations: American Countess

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Alton, IL

This adventurist’s oasis is always welcoming to our guests – as dewdrops of watercraft greet them from the shorelines. Founded in 1837, Alton has preserved its small-town aesthetic, but mated it with the modern industry and art that birthed its contemporary ambiance.

Cafés overlook limestone bluffs draped in greenery as breezes and birds alike whistle through the trees. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor treasures that showcase the enchantment that this river town has to offer.
Time to say good-bye to Amsterdam and wonderful new friends. You will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.


Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.



Double Occupancy - TBA
Single Occupancy - TBA


If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of TBA

Final Payment due - TBA

*Any payments are non-refundable if you cancel after their date due, we strongly recommend travel insurance. Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.


Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.


Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 18 ladies


  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Gratuity on personal items
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel


Hosted by:

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is the Guest Experience Manager at the Women's Travel Club and hosts many of our tours.


Flight Information

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Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Memphis, TN
Depart from St. Louis, MO

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
The Peabody Memphis

With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis' grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the "Blues City's" celebrated past and cosmopolitan present.
Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody is legendary for its charm, elegance, gracious hospitality and rich history. This Memphis icon, opened in 1869, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is world-famous for its five resident ducks, who march daily through the lobby at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
American Countess

This bold paddlewheeler boasts a sleek, contemporary design effortlessly hosting up to 245 guests, with plenty of open space for guest gatherings, especially the portside bar, which will delight guests with an expansive panoramic view. With four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 inviting staterooms in four categories, this paddlewheeler is a home away from home on six- to 15-day itineraries.

Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Inside Twin

Our Interior Staterooms invite you to relax and unwind in modern comfort. These spaces offer a tranquil retreat in which you can feel at home on the river and prepare for exciting days brimming with fun activities.

Women's Travel Club Quilting River Cruise
Single Outside

This intimate accommodation provides solace and solitude between exploring the vessel and venturing onshore. You will want for nothing in this home away from home on the water, with its deck access and convenient location.