Emerald Waterways and Avalon Waterways have opened up some of their 2022 European sailings for booking, following other river cruise operators in putting the season on sale earlier than usual.
Emerald said it has opened the books on 75% of its 2022 sailings, while Avalon said it has posted a preview and will continue to add itineraries as they are developed.
"Thanks to a large number of travelers resetting 2020 vacation plans with letters of credit; early 2021 sales tied to a Panorama Suite upgrade offer as well as an increased interest in river cruising as an alternative for big-ship cruising, we're enjoying a wave of new bookings and anticipate more," said Pam Hoffee, the managing director of Avalon Waterways.
"By releasing several 2022 Europe itineraries today, we know we will be ready for the surge, ensuring travelers have access to the vacations and departure dates they crave."
Avalon will continue to offer its complimentary upgrade to Panoramic Suites on early 2022 bookings.
Emerald is offering guests who book any 2022 European river cruise of eight days or longer their choice of $1,500 savings per couple or $295 round trip air per person. Those booking a five-day Christmas sailing will receive $1,000 savings per couple or roundtrip air for just $695 per person.