High water levels continue to impact river cruises in Central Europe. Tauck River Cruising has released its latest updates on itineraries in the region.
Updated: Rhine and Moselle – June 7: High water levels on the Moselle River have prompted Tauck to eliminate scheduled sailing days along the river (Days 7-9). All regularly included sightseeing on Days 7-9 will still be offered, however, via daily motorcoach transport.
Updated: The Blue Danube – June 13: This itinerary begins in Prague, which according to Tauck’s local partners, has not been impacted in the areas visited (Prague Marriott Hotel, Prague’s Old Town, and Hradcany). At present, the most significant impact to this departure is the planned elimination of sightseeing in Passau as a result of flooding there. Tauck continues to monitor conditions in Passau, and is ready to reinstate sightseeing there if possible. Tauck is also currently in the process of determining alternate sightseeing for the time normally spent in Passau. Other major sites in Regensburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest were only minimally affected. There are reports of some damage in Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov and the Wachau Valley, but impacts to the overall guest experience are anticipated to be minimal to modest, the line reports.
The following 2013 departures have been canceled:
• May 30 – The Blue Danube
• June 6 – The Blue Danube
• June 2 – Grand European Cruise
• June 2 – Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat
• June 14 – Budapest to the Black Sea – As the surge of the Danube River is expected to pass Budapest Monday or Tuesday, and the impact of the surge as it heads from Budapest to the Black Sea is unknown at this time, we have cancelled this departure.
Impacted Land Journeys (no new updates as of 6/12)
June 13, 20, 27 – Ultimate Alps and Dolomites – No sightseeing modifications at this time
June 1, 15, 29 – Romantic Germany – No sightseeing modifications at this time
June 8 – Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague – Minor sightseeing modification at this time – guests could not walk on the Charles Bridge
June 9, 19, 30 – Imperial Europe: Budapest, , Vienna and Prague – Possible sightseeing modifications in Cesky Krumlov. Tauck is in contact with suppliers in the area and waiting for an update.
June 16 – Alpine Adventure – No sightseeing modifications at this time
Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague – Jewish Heritage Journey:
June 12 – Visit to Theresienstadt on Day 12 has been canceled, roads are flooded, and museums are closed. Tauck has arranged an architectural tour of Prague and lunch in local restaurant.
June 26 – Visit to Theresienstadt is pending further updates. Currently there is a 50% chance of operating as scheduled.