August 15, 2014
(11:15 a.m. EDT) –- German-owned river cruise ship A-Rosa Mia has been taken out of service and is undergoing repairs after striking a pedestrian bridge above a lock on the Danube River early Sunday morning.
There were no injuries, but all 192 passengers and crew were evacuated and passengers were bussed from the Jochenstein lock on the German-Austrian border to Passau, Germany. A-Rosa has canceled three cruise itineraries for the ship, which is scheduled to return to service on August 25.
Damage to the 410-foot Mia is reportedly severe, and has been estimated at 150,000 euros.
A representative for A-Rosa told Cruise Critic: "The ship is currently disabled and has been towed to Linz, Austria, for repair. The extent of the damage will be evaluated … within the next few days."
Website Seatrade Insider quoted a local police representative as saying the ship's wheelhouse -- situated on the ship's top deck and capable of being raised and lowered -- was "virtually shaved off" in the accident.
A-Rosa told Cruise Critic that passengers on canceled sailings have been contacted and offered a replacement cruise.
"All guests are generously booked on seven-night cruises, whereas the original cruise was a five-night cruise. In addition, all passengers receive an onboard spending account and another free A-ROSA cruise of up to five days."
--by Jamey Bergman, UK Production Editor