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A cruise on Avalon WaterwaysAvalon Tranquility has been abandoned after a cargo ship struck the 170-passenger river ship on the Danube River on Friday.

The incident occurred north of Passau in Germany where, according to Avalon, a cargo ship that had come off its mooring slammed into Tranquility’s hull, causing extensive damage and a 60cm hole through which water flooded into the engine room.

The passengers from Australia, New Zealand and the USA were all unharmed, and a passing Uniworld vessel assisted with transferring them to nearby Deggendorf.

Avalon responded by offering passengers the option of being flown home or continuing with a land program to the sites featured on the cruise. They were also given a voucher for future travel and refunded most of the cost of the cruise.

Divers repaired the tear in the hull soon after the collision and the ship was towed to a shipyard in Linz.

Have you ever experienced a cruise ship collision?