River cruise enthusiasts looking for last-minute deals can save thousands of dollars. The lines are offering these discounted fares across European waterways as well as Asia.

Viking River Cruise highlights last-minute river deal via a Danube cruise.
Viking River ship in a Danube cruise. Image from Viking

River cruising has become a highly popular means to explore the world’s storied waterways and experience their charm at a leisurely pace. From the majestic Rhine and Danube rivers of Europe to the enchanting and awe-inspiring Mekong in Asia, last-minute deals provide travellers the opportunity to experience thoughtfully curated itineraries at significantly reduced rates. 

For 2024, most of the scheduled itineraries offered by major companies and cruise lines have already been sold out. As availability is often limited, acting swiftly is key to securing these bucket-listed offers and embarking on an unforgettable voyage at a best-value fare rate. 

24-day Discover the Classic Rivers & Experience Eastern Europe with Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises is now offering Last Seats Summer Savings promo on selected river cruises in Europe for 2024. One of the highlighted cruises is the 24-day Discover the Classic Rivers & Experience Eastern Europe scheduled on July 24. This Prague-Amsterdam sailing is offered at a best-value fare rate of AU$10,160 per person from a full fare rate of AU$13,910 per guest. This allows cruise passengers to enjoy a total of AU$3,750 savings. In addition, this 24-day voyage features a 10-day Eastern European Escapade land tour and a 14-night onboard experience via an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. 


Day 1PragueDay 13Vienna
Day 2PragueDay 14Dürnstein – Melk
Day 3PragueDay 15Passau
Day 4Prague- Dresden – BerlinDay 16Regensburg
Day 5Potsdam – BerlinDay 17Nuremberg
Day 6Berlin, WarsawDay 18Bamberg
Day 7WarsawDay 19Würzburg 
Day 8Warsaw – Auschwitz – KrakowDay 20Wertheim – Miltenberg
Day 9KrakówDay 21Rüdesheim – Koblenz
Day 10Kraków – BudapestDay 22Cologne
Day 11BudapestDay 23Amsterdam
Day 12BratislavaDay 24Amsterdam

8-day Romantic Rhine with Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways has lined up an array of curated itineraries to explore the storied waterways of Europe.  On top of the list is the line’s European summer sailing via an 8-day Romantic Rhine cruise scheduled on July 20. This last-minute river cruise deal is offered at a best-value rate of AU$4,341 from AU$6,091 per person. This allows guests to enjoy AU$1750 savings per guest. This Amsterdam to Basel cruise is set to visit four countries: Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. 


Day 1AmsterdamDay 5 Mainz
Day 2AmsterdamDay 6Strasbourg
Day 3CologneDay 7Breisach
Day 4 RüdesheimDay 8Basel

10-day Authentic Danube & Prague with Uniworld 

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has listed an array of itineraries for Europe’s waterways for all seasons of 2024. One of the best-value offers is the line’s 10-day Authentic Danube & Prague scheduled on August 21. This amazing deal is offered at AU$6,199. In addition, this Vienna to Prague voyage is set for a visit to three countries: Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic plus four stunning and awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage sites. 


Day 1ViennaDay 6Regensburg
Day 2ViennaDay 7Nuremberg
Day 3Weissenkirchen, MelkDay 8Nuremberg to Prague 
Day 4Engelhartszell, Passau, VilshofenDay 9Prague
Day 5Deggendorf, StraubingDay 10Prague
Avalon Waterways offers last-minute river deals in Asia.
Avalon Waterways’ Avalon Saigon in a Mekong cruise. Image from Avalon

13-day Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River with Avalon Waterways

 Avalon Waterways highlights Asian itineraries for 2024 with its 13-day Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River on top of the list. This voyage is offered at a best-value last-minute deal of AU$6,909 from AU$9,709 per person. This deal allows travellers to enjoy an AU$2800 savings per guest. This Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap cruise is scheduled on August 19 and is set to visit two countries: Cambodia and Vietnam. 


Day 1Ho Chi Minh CityDay 8Phnom Penh
Day 2Ho Chi Minh CityDay 9Wat Hanchey – Angkor Ban
Day 3Ho Chi Minh CityDay 10Konpong Louang – Kampong Tralach
Day 4Ho Chi Minh CityDay 11Phnom Penh
Day 5Vinh Long – Cu Lao Gieng IslandDay 12Siem Reap
Day 6Chau Doc – Long Khanh ADay 13Siem Reap
Day 7Phnom Penh

7-night Charms of the Mekong with Amawaterways

Amawaterways highlights yet another charming and awe-inspiring river cruise deal for one of Asia’s most popular waterways via a 7-night Charms of the Mekong. This Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap voyage is scheduled on August 19 aboard AmaDara. This deal is offered at a best-value fare rate of AU$2492 (US$1649) from AU$3626 (US$2399) per person. 


Day 1Ho Chi Minh City- My ThoDay 5Oudong – Kampong Tralach
– Phnom Penh
Day 2Cai Be – Sa DecDay 6Oknhatey – Angkor Ban
Day 3Tan Chau – Border CrossingDay 7Angkor Ban – Kampong Cham
Day 4Phnom PenhDay 8 Kampong Cham – Siem Reap