Above: Ponant's Le Lapérouse - OLIVIER ANRIGO

It’s an unfashionable opinion among travel writers, but I love cruises. Visiting multiple beautiful places while unpacking only once is a real luxury. Itineraries usually include sightseeing during the day and sailing in the evening, ensuring that more of one’s waking hours are spent enjoying a destination and fewer in transit. Even the occasional day at sea is welcome, providing a moment of unavoidable relaxation. Being ensconced in comfort while surrounded by water often inspires a feeling of coziness, akin to sitting by a fire with a glass of wine during a snow.

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