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With the reset of river sailings, the top river cruise companies have announced 2023 voyages with special deals and promos that are selling out quickly. 

On top of the usual discounts, many river cruise lines now offer reduced or even free airfares. Most of these itineraries are in European rivers and require full payment at least 12 months before departure. 

If you do get a chance to snag the available slots, make sure to explore health protocols and requirements that could still be implemented next year before you go booking. 


APT has some fantastic offers for 2023 sailings which includes savings of up to $1,000 per couple as well as flights included. For example, a 15-day voyage through the Balkans which includes meals, butler, room service and laundry as well as Freedom of Choice inclusions (specialty shore excursions), is priced from $6,795 per person.

The voyage calls at places like Klocsa in Hungary, Belgrade in Serbia, Belogradchik in Bulgari and more.

Their 15-day Magnificent Europe voyage between Amsterdam to Budapest also includes savings of up to $1,000 per couple. And flights are also included. The sailing is priced from $6,495 per person.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon is offering a big range of discounts on 2023 cruises, from up to $15,000 for cruise and tours in South America, up to $10,400 in Asia and over $6,000 in India. In Europe, the line is allowing per couple savings of $7,800 on its early bird cruises.

The line is also offering no single supplement and Qantas Frequent Flyer.

Emerald Cruises

To celebrate its launch of 2023 Europe river cruise collection, Emerald is offering exclusive offers to its guests. 

With its Earlybird and Super Earlybird savings, you can secure your preferred cabin on your preferred travel date, and you can save with the following offers:

  • Earlybird Savings of up to A$880 per person, 
  • Extra savings of up to A$363 per person on selected departures 
  • Drinks all day long courtesy of a FREE Premium Drinks Package 
  • Extra 10% discount on Super Earlybird Offer if you pay your balance in full 12 months before departure


Save up to $2,500 per cabin when you book selected 2023 Riviera voyages. 

For example, when you book Budapest to the Black Sea (MS Oscar Wilde) scheduled on May 16, 2023. You can save $1,300 for Emerald Cabin, $2,200 for Ruby Cabin, and $2,500 for Diamond Cabin. 

A $400 per person non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a reservation. Airfares are not included in the promo.

Scenic River Cruises 

Scenic offers free or reduced airfare on selected European river cruises. Free premium economy air available on 10+ night departures, free economy air available on 7 to 9 night departures, or $395 economy air available on 4 night departures.

For guests who want to arrange their own travel, a $1500 per person savings are available instead of premium economy air, $1,000 per person in lieu of economy air and $750 per person in lieu of $395 air.  

Premium economy air max ticket value is $2,200 per ticket including taxes and fees. Economy air max ticket value is $1200 per ticket on European river cruises including taxes and fees, and $1500 per ticket on Asia river cruises including taxes and fees.

Early payment savings is also available for 2023 departures. You may save up to an additional 10% savings on Sapphire and Diamond deck cabins if you pay in full 12 months before departure. 

These savings are applicable on the cruise + upgrade element only, excludes air fares, port charges, hotel stays and other additional items.


Travelmarvel, the sister brand to APT already has great offers on voyages around Europe. Starting from $3,995 per person, the line has an eight-day Douro Discovery cruise. The itinerary starts in Porto and includes calls to places like Entre-os-Rios, Barca d’Alva and more. Guests can save up to $2,600 per couple.


Viking River Cruises offers special savings plus FREE international airfare valid on 2023 departures of the Grand European Tour, European Sojourn and Capitals of Eastern Europe. 

Airfares vary on other gateways and departures. Offers expired May 31, 2022. 


Selected Uniworld 2023 river cruises are now on sale. You can save 10% on select voyages when you pay in full at time of booking. 

The savings offered by Uniworld are based on the cruise-tour portion of bookings only, per person, and do not apply to the purchase of air tickets or other optional vacation add-ons such as optional pre and post extensions or the Uniworld Travel Protection Plan.