1. Bordeaux, France
Perhaps the most famous wine region in the world, Bordeaux has multiple ports, including Bordeaux (of course), Blaye, Saint-Emilion, and Cadillac. The area is home to the legendary Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines with names like Lafite, Latour, and Margaux, as well as stellar Sauternes dessert wines such as Château d’Yquem. But you don’t have to break the budget to drink well in this region. Shops and cafés offer lovely but lesser-known local bottles at prices any cruiser can afford.
One to try: Dip into a new cheese and wine cellar and take cooking lessons from French gastronomy experts on the all-inclusive Scenic Diamond, renovated in 2017 with larger cabins and interior spaces. Or see both the Seine and the Bordeaux region on a 14-day cruise on the newly launched ship from Uniworld, S.S. Joie de Vivre, an ornately decorated ship inspired by the Golden Twenties in Paris.
Lena Katz is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Brides.
Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.