Get a jump on the upcoming season with our guide to what's happening in the world of cruising.
In the year ahead, you can taste wine in Bordeaux, dance New Year's Eve away in Budapest, or take in the temples of Angkor Wat on the gentle rhythm of a river cruise.
There are no white-sand beaches, palm trees, tropical heat or exposed bodies here, but it's still a paradise.
It's a country known for beer and chocolate and this opulent ship is the way to see it.
Understated luxury, rather than overt flashiness, sums up L'Austral's small-ship charm.