'I'm in with a shot as long as I promise to uphold my end of the bargain.'
There are medieval towns and villages along the Rhine that look as if the Brothers Grimm have just left.
Thank heavens for a cruise company that hasn't retreated into bland, on-trend design.
The Murray River Walk is a new four-day guided walk that combines hiking and houseboating along a 40 kilometre stretch of the Murray River in South Australia.
A great tour is one that allows you to interact with locals. Brian Johnston meets an Austrian farmer while on a Uniworld shore excursion on the Danube River.
River cruising in Europe has never been more popular, so how do you choose where to go?
They slow the pace, emphasise the local, and produce unexpected pleasures from the magician's hat of cruising.
The anticipation is palpable as we tread the red carpet to board the Majestic Imperator.
When you think of Salzburg, you think of The Sound of Music - not Christopher Plummer carrying 'that bloody fat child up the mountain'.
From Broadway razzmatazz to risque burlesque, the quality and variety keep getting better.
It's so photogenic you could acquire some kind of camera over-use injury.
A flotilla of new small ships is about to set sail, many dedicated to small-ship cruising in interesting corners of our watery planet, as Brian Johnston reports.