Thanks 2SailingNomads and HostJazzbeau. Will remember your suggestions. Not sure what is available of those on the German market, but I am sure I can get round that problem by booking in the UK.

As regards Tauck river cruises, I must say that they do have some interesting itinerary offers. As jwcsr stated, they went to Stuttgart on their cruise. Certainly unusual, have not heard the town mentioned in a connection with a river cruise yet. Worth the one hour bus ride in my opinion, a good idea, I like the town. Nice shopping opportunities, opera house, castle/palace, museums and an architecturally interesting railway station. Need no more to make me happy on a day out. And the Christmas market is supposed to be good as well.

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English Channel Crossings 1984 to present:
Calais - Dover
Ostend - Dover
Dutch island hopping 1980's
Many Rhine river short trips