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The river cruise season has just kicked off – and to tempt passengers back on board during the 2022 start-up, there are some astonishingly good bargains to be had.

Lines are willing to make special offers on everything playing particularly to the two main concerns expressed by River Cruise Passenger readers about booking: insurance and worries about being caught in quarantine.

Viking, for example, is offering a 15-day cruise starting from $3995 per person – a full packaged sailing from $266 per day with food, wine, shore excursions and beautiful river destinations.

The Grand European River Cruise goes from Amsterdam to Budapest or visa versa.

Scenic’s super early bird offer has business class seats at $2,995pp – usual price over $7,000. And APT’s TravelMarvel is offering 15 days from $4,995 including flights.

Emerald Cruises is offering business class at $2,022pp and Premium Economy at $995pp.

Find  the hottest deals for 2022.

Viking – Grand European Tour – 15 days 

Viking has dropped the price right down for this 15-day Grand European Cruise that takes you from Amsterdam to Budapest, which you can now book from $3995pp for a twin share on select departures between April 1 and June 30, 2022. You’ll visit 13 historic cities along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, taking in nine UESCO world heritage sites and 41 curated meals.

Viking – European Sojourn – 23 days

This epic 23-day cruise is on sale and priced at $7445pp for a twin share on selected departures between April 1 and June 30, 2022. You’ll soak up unique cultures as you traverse past Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Proud-standing castles, tasting German “smoke” beer and the windmill-filled rivers of the Netherlands are just some of the other highlights to look forward to.

Fly back into cruise with Uniworld 

Uniworld wants your river cruise to be truly all-inclusive and is doing this by including airfare in the price of a range of European voyages. You can take your pick of 36 different voyages across Europe, from shorter eight-day cruises such as ‘Brilliant Bordeaux’ or ‘Enchanting Danube’, all the way up to the 25-day “Ultimate European Journey” from Amsterdam to Bucharest.

APT – Magnificent Europe – 15 days 

If you book now you can save up to $4000 per couple on this luxury river cruise with APT Touring. You’ll have butler and room service on board, as well as the services of an expert cruise director. You can also look forward to experiences in 14 destinations including a visit to Namedy Castle in Andernach, Germany, an exclusive cocktail party in Vienna and a guided tour of the beautiful Esztergom in Hungary.

Emerald Cruises – Secret of the Douro – 8 days 

This cruise will take you from the United Kingdom to Porto, with sensational stops along the way such as Salamanca in Spain. If you book now for a 2022 sailing you can cruise from $4805pp, taking in all the beautiful vineyards, quaint villages and Iberian sunshine you can expect from the region.

Avalon Waterways – Tulip Time Cruise – 8 days

Right now, this flowery river cruise roundtrip out of Amsterdam is offering over $1000 of savings for the 2022 season. You’ll be bombarded with botanic beauty when you visit Keukenhof or “Gardens of Europe”, where seven million flowering bulbs sit amongst 70 acres of parkland and lakes. As well as this you’ll have plenty more excitement through Belgium and the Netherlands, including a trip to Delta Works, a guided tour of Ghent and ancient architecture of Antwerp.

Scenic – South of France – 11 days 

If you want to focus in on the romance and rivers of France, this South of France itinerary with Scenic is perfect. Right now you can lock in a standard suite from $7195pp or balcony suite from $9795pp for the 2022 season. The cruise will run as a roundtrip out of Lyon, with beautiful countryside stops such as Tain l’Hermitage, Avignon, Tarascon and more.

Travel Marvel – Douro Discovery – 8 days

For a quick week of luxury and landscapes, enjoy seven nights on the MS Douro Serenity with the curation and services of a Travel Marvel Cruise Director. Right now you can book as low as $5195pp if you’re willing to cruise in the shoulder season. You’ll have a series of insider experiences including a degustation in Pinhao, a Flamenco show in Salamanca and tasting local port wine while gazing over the endless green of Douro Valley.