Navigating Challenges: The Impact of High Water Levels on Rhine and Danauth River Cruises in Germany and Austria

High water levels caused by torrential rain have led to the closure of stretches of the Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany and Austria, compelling several river cruise operators to either cancel or modify their routes in the area.

The elevated water levels have also resulted in flooding in some regions, preventing both cargo and river cruise ships from navigating under bridges.

The German city of Passau, located at the convergence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers near the Austrian border, as well as the Austrian city of Linz, have both been impacted by flooding, as reported by the BBC.

The Rhine and Danube are among Europe’s most frequented rivers for cruising, hosting vessels from Viking, Emerald, A-Rosa, and Riviera Travel.

Here is a list of river cruise lines affected by the recent flooding and high water levels across Europe. Updates to this list will be provided as new cancellations are announced by Cruise Critic.

Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises has announced alterations to some of its river itineraries due to the floods, although further details have not been specified by the operator.

Riviera Travel

According to a spokesperson for Riviera Travel, a small number of the company’s sailings on the Danube are impacted by the floodwaters. The company is keeping in close contact with its onboard guests to update them as the situation develops, adjusting itineraries to minimize disruptions while prioritizing guest safety.

TUI River Cruises

TUI River Cruises has cancelled sailings on the Danube for the TUI Isla this week, as confirmed by a spokesperson. The decision was made in light of the unsafe sailing conditions due to high water levels. Customers affected by the cancellations are being offered options for rebooking or refunds.

VIVA Cruises

VIVA Cruises has redirected its vessels away from affected areas on the Rhine but has yet to decide on the upcoming seven-night Danube cruise from Vienna on Viva Two scheduled for June 8. The company affirmed it has not cancelled any cruises at this point and is actively rerouting some scheduled stops to the Netherlands and Belgium. Customers booked on impacted cruises have been contacted to discuss their options, and the line is regularly updating its website with the latest information.

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