And it shares the limelight with its dazzling ports of call.
One is classically pretty, the other a World Heritage-listed example of post-war concrete-chic.
Sometimes, you just want all the best cliches, from French onion soup to duck confit, chateaux to grand cru wines.
The food may be way better and the journey more environmentally friendly than it used to be, but the magic of visiting this part of the world never changes.
Olive groves, tinkling goat bells and mountain scenery make this shore excursion a gem.
Lovely old Europe, once vibrant, feels dog-tired, swamped by tourists and in need of a good lie down. But not the Baltic States.
Free of big-ship razzle-dazzle or luxury small-ship pretension.
You can taste Bordeaux wine anywhere, of course, but I reckon it's at its best sipped on the spot.
The Buddhist monks of Myanmar must beg for their food, but that can be a problem when everyone's still asleep
As Greenland's ice melts, MS Roald Amundsen, the world's first hybrid cruise ship, launches.
Reflecting on the D-Day landings is a highlight of this Seine River cruise.
Stavanger's fishy bounty has been surpassed by oil – and lots of it.