With so many enchanting rivers and waterways winding their way across the globe, a river cruise offers a wonderful way to explore – one that promises a more intimate atmosphere, unique ports of call and, often, state-of-art-facilities bound to impress. Enjoy indulgent culinary creations, more individual attention and entertaining lectures delivered by local experts and guides. Some of the newer ships also flaunt swimming pools, luxury suites, butler service, fitness centres, open sun decks and alfresco dining areas. So, where could you go? Europe is the perennial favourite, but the winding waters of the Volga in Russia, Yangtze in China, the Mekong Delta and the mighty Mississippi are just as tempting, to name a few.