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Floods Continue to Impact River Cruises

August 16, 2002
Ironically, the heavy rains and swollen rivers that have plagued Central and Eastern Europe -- but resulted in only minor changes to river cruise itineraries earlier this week -- are beginning to subside (in all but the Elbe River area in Germany) but the real fallout is beginning to occur amongst scheduled voyages.

Deilmann Cruises reports that three of its ships have been impacted, particularly its Dresden, which sails the Elbe, and its Danube Princess, which cruises the Danube. In both cases, sailings departing tomorrow -- Saturday -- have been canceled. Passengers, most of whom hadn't left home yet, have been notified and offered full refunds or a re-booking. Deilmann's Mozart, which sails a different part of the Danube (from Passau) is, according to a company spokesperson, departing as scheduled on Sunday.

The affected ships spent much of this week docked wherever they were when the flooding began; the Dresden in Magdeburg and the Danube Princess in Budapest. Passengers remained on board and were offered shore excursions by motorcoach.

Ironically, two of Deilmann's ships -- the Katharina and the Konigstein -- that sail between two major affected areas (Prague and Potsdam) most of the summer luckily did not happen cruise those itineraries the first three weeks of August so were not at all affected.

Uniworld reports that it has not cancelled any voyages though it has switched some ships around and rejiggered itineraries where necessary. The company says that regular itineraries are expected, in most cases, to resume next week.

Travelers slated to sail on a river cruise later this month and into September are still urged to be in contact with cruise operators as schedules and itineraries could change.

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