River Cruise Lines Make Preparations for Draught on The Rhine, Danube Rivers

The 166-passenger Avalon Envision  in Budapest, Hungary (Photo: Avalon Waterways)Shrinking water levels on Europe’s drought-stricken Rhine and Danube are forcing river lines to cancel or alter their itineraries or implement ship swaps, but operators say they are hoping for a return to normal cruising if predictions hold true for rain at the end of the week.

“It’s getting bad,” AmaWaterways co-founder and president Rudi Schreiner told Cruise Critic. “It started a little bit of rain today. It seems there might be a lot of rain on Friday. Hopefully it doesn’t go away. The forecasts are very positive. If that happens, then we should get back to normal water levels.”

But forecasts can change quickly.

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