low river levels


Sep 29th, 2015, 08:34 PM
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low river levels

Has anyone been on a recent river boat cruise where the water was too low to sail??
How was the cruise part substituted?
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Sep 29th, 2015, 10:47 PM
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There has been a lot written about this and basically the trip ends up being a bus tour to the spots the boat was supposed to go to.
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Sep 30th, 2015, 06:29 AM
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What usually happens is that you spend time on two or more ships, with one being on each side of the low point of the river. Most of these itineraries involve some cruising, so you generally are not on a bus for the whole time. But it depends alot on the river. Some rivers have more serious issues with low water than others, and some stretches of the Danube are more prevalent to problems than others.

The downside of this is that you may have to take longer than normal bus rides of an hour or more to see the destinations on your itinerary, meaning longer touring days without the typical lunch break on the ship.

More important to some people, you will usually have to change ships at some point during the trip, which means packing up and not having access to your luggage for a day. For many, that eliminates much of the advantage of the river cruise, and I tend to agree. But I also believe that such arrangements don't necessarily "destroy" your vacation. It's what you make of it. But both low and high water levels are certainly an issue at various times of the year, and low water levels have been an issue for much of the summer in Europe.
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Oct 3rd, 2015, 05:25 AM
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We just came back from a Viking river cruise on the Elbe. We did not sail. We stayed on the Viking Fontane ship in Wittenberg for three nights and on the Viking Schumann in Dresden for four nights. Even though we didn't actually sail, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Viking was extremely organized and we saw all of the sites that were scheduled, plus a few more. Times on the coach were negligible - most trips were under an hour one way. We did have to pack up mid-way, which wasn't ideal of course, but it was a non-issue for us. The non-cruise permitted us to stay in Dresden a few days, which we really liked. We also loved the extensions in Berlin and Prague. One of the most interesting trips we've ever taken.
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