(11:30 a.m. EDT) -- The 164-passenger Avalon Panorama suffered a propeller malfunction Wednesday evening, forcing the new river ship to continue its Danube cruise by bus.

Avalon Waterways spokeswoman Melanie Gravdal tells Cruise Critic that Panorama was able to continue the cruise with limited top speed until Friday, when the ship went into a dry dock in Linz to replace the faulty propeller. Instead of canceling the sailing, as big-ship lines might do in similar circumstances, Avalon temporarily put passengers up in hotels in Vienna, from which the original itinerary continued by bus.

Panorama is fully operational again, said Gravdal, and is sailing down the river to meet passengers, who will join the ship Sunday morning in Krems. Panorama's next scheduled cruise departs on August 24.

--by Dan Askin, News Editor