Central Europe Weather Update - June 3, 2013
Torrential rain in Austria, Germany and Czech Republic has caused unprecedented high water levels on some rivers in Europe, and record levels of flooding in certain places. Affected rivers include the Danube, Main, Elbe and Rhine. In Austria alone, two months of rain has fallen in two days, and in extreme cases, navigation of some rivers has been temporarily suspended.
Consequently, Viking (and all other river cruise companies) is forced to make changes to some of our itineraries. With the largest fleet in river cruising and the strategic operation of running sister ships on itineraries in opposite directions, we are able to transfer guests onto other ships, where possible. Where navigation has been suspended, alternative arrangements have been made.
The safety of our passengers – and our staff – is always our top priority. We are in constant communication with those currently affected, keeping them up to date with the situation and the arrangements that are being made.
Guests scheduled to sail in Europe during the month of June should assume that their cruise is still scheduled for departure. If there is a need to alter or cancel any sailings due to the current areas of flooding, guests will be notified by Viking via email as soon as we are aware of any necessary changes.
These abnormally high river levels are extremely unusual. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation closely and update the information here.
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