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you're on the bus and the boat can't go under the bridge... how do you meet up with your luggage again?You switch from one ship to the other there is always one going in the opposite direction. Amsterdam to Budapest, Budapest to Amsterdam. They have you pack up bus you to the other ship and it turns around and continues. This is what I have read.
You switch from one ship to the other there is always one going in the opposite direction. Amsterdam to Budapest, Budapest to Amsterdam. They have you pack up bus you to the other ship and it turns around and continues. This is what I have read.Not necessarily, this is only one option open to cruise companies. The other being to use the stationery boat as a hotle and do daily bus excursions or bus the passengers along the cruise route but staying in hotels.
It depends on the cruise company. Some do have two ships running opposite. So you can simply change the ship. There might be a bus part between Passau and Nuremberg but that´s not too bad. It also depends on how the conditions on the other rivers you´re travelling are. The is no master plan on what to do. It depends on the current situation.
By the end of July you should be fine on your trip. There is a part of the Danube river which tends to be difficult in low water. As for the Rhine river it must be a really bad drought to affect navigation (might be that some landing spots are not accessible anymore when there´s too less water).
To sum it up: Don´t worry in advance! River conditions are always a little risk for each trip. I had cruise which went perfectly well, I had cruise which were shortened either by low or high water. All of the cruises were a great experience and we had a blast.
The "boat switch" might work if you're both 7 days into your cruise but what if you're 4 days from Amsterdam and the "other" boat is 4 days out from Budapest? Do you remember where you might have read the "switch your boat" theory? Also, the boats better be identical else you've got an administrative nightmare!!!