Low water on the Danube has forced several cruise lines to cancel or amend their European itineraries.
Affected cruise lines have released the following statements regarding their plans.
Viking River Cruises
“Water levels on the Danube River are currently lower than normal and Viking has had to make adjustments to the cruise schedules of several ships sailing these rivers.
Guests who are scheduled to depart within the next week and whose cruise has been adjusted will be contacted directly by email; guests currently travelling and in need of assistance are asked to call their vessel’s telephone number.
The following adjustments have been made:
July 20th Grand European Tour (Amsterdam to Budapest) aboard Viking Modi – This cruise will require a ship swap with the Viking Skirnir. The details of the swap will be determined by the nautical team and communicated to you by the program director at one of the evening briefings while you are onboard.
July 20th Grand European Tour (Budapest to Amsterdam) aboard Viking Skirnir – This cruise will require a ship swap with the Viking Modi. The details of the swap will be determined by the nautical team and communicated to you by the program director at one of the evening briefings while you are onboard.
July 24th Elegant Elbe (Berlin to Prague) aboard Viking Schumann – This cruise has been cancelled.
July 24th Elegant Elbe (Prague to Berlin) aboard Viking Fontane – This cruise has been cancelled.
These are currently the only sailings we expect to be altered by the low water on the rivers.”
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
“Due to the current low water levels on the Danube River, Uniworld has had to make the following changes to the following sailings:
River Princess, July 20, 2015 – May experience a delay in sailing of one two days; however, the program is expected to be delivered in its entirety.
S.S. Maria Theresa, July 12, 2015 – This cruise has ended prematurely. The ship is currently docked in Vilshofen, Germany, and Uniworld is assisting the guests to make alternate arrangements. Uniworld has notified all travel agents about this matter, and the guests may remain onboard with full services until their departure.
S.S. Maria Theresa, July 26, 2015 – This sailing has been cancelled. We are in the process of contacting all guests, and we will issue full refunds and a goodwill future cruise credit.
These are currently the only cruise programs that have been affected by the low water situation on the Danube.”
“Dry weather conditions in Europe have resulted in low water levels on the Danube river including points between Regensburg and Passau, affecting several river cruise ships operating in the area. While most Avalon Waterways cruises are operating as normal, one cruise aboard Avalon Affinity was unfortunately cancelled earlier this week and all passengers travelled aboard other Avalon ships. A small number of other itineraries have been modified to avoid the affected sections of river and allow passengers to continue their journeys. As part of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways is able to provide additional coach and hotel support to minimise the impact on its guests.
While it is hoped conditions will return to normal soon, Avalon Waterways will continue to monitor river levels and forecasts closely and has prepared contingency plans to minimise any further disruption.”