Recent rain in Europe has improved the low water conditions on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers, allowing ships to sail through, Viking confirmed.
APT also said its popular Amsterdam to Budapest itinerary on MS AmaVenita, which departed Amsterdam on 8 December, is sailing as scheduled – thanks to recent rainfall in Europe.
Scenic has also maintained that recent rainfall in on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers have seen them back to “navigable levels.”
However, river companies are only giving a “cautious welcome” to the recent rainfall, which has seen water levels up again after one of the driest season on Europe’s rivers which has seen many lines alter and reschedule their itineraries.
“While water levels on all three rivers will continue to fluctuate as they recover and settle, we anticipate most itineraries will resume regular operations in the coming weeks.
“We always want our guests to feel that they have the most current information about their journey. Until river levels fully recover, we will continue to contact all guests directly on itineraries affected by any residual low water conditions,” Viking said in an update on current sailings on the line’s website.
APT said that the 164-passenger MS AmaVenita sailing from Budapest to Amsterdam departing Budapest on 22 December also “looks well ..at this stage.”
“With consistent rainfall over the past weeks the water levels in the trouble spots appear to have stabilised. This said, water levels can fluctuate rapidly so we will continue to monitor the water levels closely and work with the local river authorities as always,” an APT spokesperson said.
APT is working with river authorities to monitor the situation closely and guests are being contacted to advise of any changes in itineraries.
Scenic said on its website: “We foresee that this situation will now remain, however, we will provide further updates if the situation worsens again.”