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Inspiring River Cruise Destinations with Scenic in 2022

Top reasons to plan your 2022 Europe River Cruise now

You know the feeling you have in your heart and mind – the desire to explore, share unique experiences with friends and family – the wanderlust and travel itch? Well, whilst we all may not be able to journey to new, exciting and culturally enriching places overseas right now, that doesn’t mean the planning for your next adventure should stop. Start to consider all the amazing options. In fact, some research has shown that planning a holiday has many benefits for your wellbeing and positive vibes. So, let Scenic help you plan and create wonder to look forward to in 2022.

Once international borders re-open, many travellers will have already made their plans and be ready to go. Current forward booking trends at Scenic indicate strong interest and planning for our 2022 Europe river cruise itineraries. We’d like to share some insights, interesting destinations and itineraries that savvy travellers are already booking ahead of the return of international travel. You can also learn more about how to book with confidence with Scenic.

The most interesting trend for 2022 is that people are booking what they’re missing the most at home, which includes the historic food and wine destinations in France and Germany, fairytale Festive season markets, classic castles, once in a lifetime events, medieval towns and immersive cultural experiences.

Craving diverse cuisine in France

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Freechoice Shop with a Chef Lyon

Food and cooking have been at the focal point of many of our home lives over the past 12 months. So it’s not surprising there has been a strong interest in our new France Culinary Cruises, as Scenic guests crave the indulgent flavours and food experiences of Europe. How does summer in the South of France or Bordeaux sound to you? Europe River Cruising Journey designer Janelle Maher shares, “We have definitely seen a shift towards the culinary cruises in France for 2022. It seems Scenic guests have a thirst for world-class wines in grand chateaux, and a hunger for the freshest ingredients and delicious cuisine. In the South of France, the lavender fields are in full bloom in July, and this is one of the reasons we see guests booking to travel to the South of France at that time.” With summer in full swing, July is a great month to shop with a chef in the outdoor markets, as they are stocked with seasonal produce and fresh cheeses. 

Top Itineraries to book:

Tastes of Southern France, 11 days, Lyon > Lyon – book now for July 2022

Flavours of Bordeaux, 11 days, Bordeaux > Bordeaux – book now for August 2022

Celebrating the Festive Season in Europe

Germany Regensburg Christmas
Many Scenic guests are choosing to delight in the magic of a classic European Christmas, on a river cruise along the historic waterways. Some guests are planning to meet their friends and family in Europe during their trip on their Scenic Space-Ship, for a river cruise together. What a great idea! The atmosphere at this time of year is simply enchanting and you will feel as though your childhood storybooks have come to life. 

Wander under the twinkling lights of the vibrant Christmas markets, sample gingerbread, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. You can even end 2022 on a high on the Christmas & New Year river cruise. “The festive season is a wonderful time to experience Europe, the history and traditions of the places we visit are amplified with glorious Christmas markets, some with a tradition dating back centuries. All this topped off with New Year's celebrations in an incredibly beautiful city makes for a once in a lifetime experience,” says Janelle Maher.

Top Itineraries to book:

Christmas Markets, 15 days, Budapest > Amsterdam – book now for November 2022

Christmas & New Year, 15 days, Amsterdam > Budapest – book now for December 2022

A desire to walk in the locations of historic moments

Airborne Museum
Hartenstein Arnhem
A river cruise in Europe is the perfect way to step back in time and walk in the locations of key moments in European and world history. That is really one of the unique features of river cruises in Europe – they can make you feel like you’re in the footsteps of history, because much of European life in this region progressed on or near the waterways. From the mid 20th-century, they were the financial, cultural and commercial centres of Europe. Scenic Space-Ships dock right in the centre of towns and villages, placing you a short stroll from both ancient and modern history. Proving to be immensely popular for 2022, particularly for travel in October 2022, is the Romantic Rhine & Moselle river cruise which has several Scenic Freechoice touring options that take in significant WWI and WWII locations such as Ypres and Passchendaele, the Arnhem Airborne Museum and the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial. Longing to be immersed in historic locations? This could be the itinerary for you.

Top Itineraries to book:

Romantic Rhine & Moselle, 15 days, Zurich > Amsterdam (and vice versa) – book now for October 2022

Destinations with a difference – the lower Danube

Scenic guests are also looking for some destinations with a difference such as those along the lower Danube. The Danube River holds the relics of centuries of history that have occurred along its banks, making for an incredibly fascinating history lesson. Mid 2022 have been incredibly popular times for bookings along the lower Danube and Black Sea. So much so we have added new dates for October 2022. Would you like to find yourself walking the cobblestone streets of places such as Osijek in Croatia or Silistra in Bulgaria in 2022?

Top Itineraries to book:

Danube Delta Discovery, 16 days, Vienna > Bucharest (and vice versa) –
book now for March and October 2022
Iron Gate Danube River from ship Romania

Cruising on the intimate Space-Ships on the Seine and in Portugal

Gem Caudebec en Caux
Azure Sun Deck Vitality Pool
Our Scenic Space-Ships have a maximum 163 guests, creating a spacious but intimate river cruise experience. Did you know that two of our Space-Ships have even smaller numbers of guest on board? The award-winning Scenic Gem on the River Seine in northern France holds just 124 guests, while Scenic Azure which cruises Portugal’s Douro River holds only 96 guests. Janelle Maher, Journey Designer for Scenic shares, “travelling by small ship is the perfect way to see the Douro and Seine rivers. You can dock in small towns and villages and get up close and experience local culture just moments after disembarking each day. In fact, Scenic Gem was designed to access a special part of the Seine in Honfleur, a location many other vessels are unable to reach.” We have seen many savvy Scenic guests naturally drawn to the “small ship experience” for 2022 with bookings popular for Portugal in July, August and November and along the historic Seine in July and August. Given the smaller number of suites available, if this is on your travel list for 2022, I would not delay securing my suite too much longer. 

Top Itineraries to book:

Unforgettable Douro, 11 days, Porto > Porto – book now for July, August and November 2022

Normandy & Gems of the Seine, 11 days, Paris > Paris – book now for July and August 2022

Details you need to know about river cruise bookings for 2022:

Once borders open: Supply may not keep up with demand

There is currently three years' worth of pent-up demand for travel globally – those that couldn’t travel in 2020 or 2021 and those ready to travel in 2022. That’s three years' worth of people trying to book travel arrangements at potentially the same time – sounds like a lot of people, right? Our Scenic Space-Ships carry a maximum capacity of 163 guests, so once they are full, they are full – we can’t add suites so embrace your FOMO (fear of missing out) and secure your arrangements now – with the above flexible booking policy in mind. 

The Earlybird gets the best suite. The earlier that you book, the better the availability of suites and departure dates will be given the above demand. By booking now, you can ensure your ideal suite, deck and departure date are locked in at the best price.
Scenic Diamond Royal Owners Suite

You can book with confidence with Scenic 

There are some great advantages to book your 2022 travels right now. Below are the some of the major benefits for you to consider:
  • Flexible Booking Policy* and complimentary Deposit Protection Plan*
    With Scenic's Flexible Booking Policy, you can have the peace of mind to book now. For new 2022 river cruise bookings, you can defer or cancel your travel plans by transferring to an alternate departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to your cruise commencing with no Scenic Group fees (third party fees may apply). A complimentary Deposit Protection Plan (DPP) valued at $125pp has been included for new 2022 Europe river cruise bookings. 
  • Add the Risk-Free Platinum Protection Plan*
    Take advantage of our Platinum Protection Plan (PPP) for $395pp for 2022 river cruises. By adding this plan, you are covered if you are unable to travel due to health reasons, or your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost), or a 70% refund between 15 and 30 days prior to departure (less PPP cost). 

2022 Super Earlybird Offers

Secure your preferred travel date and suite with our Super Earlybird Offers for 2022. Fly Business Class for $3,995pp OR save an extra $1,000pp off your cruise fare plus Economy Class flights included up to the value of $2,000pp ($1,800pp for Portugal) on selected river cruises of 11 days or longer. 

*Conditions apply. Excludes Russia.

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Top Itineraries to Book