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Update on European Flooding – 17 June 2013

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Update on European Flooding 17 June 2013: As we reported on Friday 14 June 2013, following recent flooding in Europe, waters in many of the region’s rivers have reached record high levels.  As a direct result a lock just outside of Vienna has been closed, thus preventing ships from reaching Budapest. In addition to this, some bridges remain impassable. Our European Operations Team has been monitoring the situation and has advised that due to  the continued lock closure, two of our forthcoming cruises itineraries scheduled to depart from  Budapest on or before 22 June 2013 will need to be amended.

Amended itineraries:

We will be making amendments to two of our itineraries as follows:

20 June 2013 – Travelmarvel Johann Strauss from Budapest to Amsterdam – because  the ship is unable to reach Budapest, where this cruise commences, we will accommodate  guests at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Budapest for one night. We will then transfer them, by  coach, to their new embarkation point in Vienna where guests will join their cruise and  continue as scheduled.

22 June 2013 – APT Amabella from Budapest to Amsterdam – again, because the ship  is sitting the other side of the lock in Vienna and is unable to reach Budapest in order for  guests to embark, we have arranged for all guests to spend a night at the Marriott hotel in  Budapest before transferring them to Vienna. Joining arrangements for the cruise in Vienna will be dependent on river conditions determined closer to the time.

We would like to reassure guests that we will endeavor to ensure the brochured itinerary is followed. However if for any reason this is not possible then alternative arrangements, including  sightseeing, will be provided to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum and that guests’ holiday enjoyment is not materially affected.

For all other guests due to sail with us, we can confirm that our river cruises will operate as scheduled.

This includes the following departures:

21 June 2013 – APT Amadante from Amsterdam to Budapest

22 June 2013 – APT Amaverde from Amsterdam to Budapest

While we do not anticipate any further amendments to our cruises, we will continue to monitor the situation and will be in touch with guests should the situation change.

The APT team in Europe has supplied the following river update:

Rhine – Open. River traffic is busy so sailings will be slightly delayed.

Main – Open. Again, river traffic is busy and passenger ships are required to give priority to other river ships so delays are expected.

Danube – Almost all sections are open with the exception the lock at Altenworth, just outside Vienna, which is expected to open later this week. This lock closure, together with high water levels in Deggendorf and Pfelling preventing ships from passing under the bridges, are the  reasons why ships won’t be in Budapest in time for the 20/22 June embarkations.

Main-Danube-Canal – Open but sailings are delayed.

Contact Us:

If you have any specific questions relating to your cruise then please contact us on 1800 960 007 or email  help@besteuropeanrivercruises.com.au for assistance.

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