Posted June 18th, 2013, 12:09 PM
Steamboats - you presume far too much, with no evidence, that we have not considered the people who live in the region! I feel quite insulted by that comment, frankly.
The point is that the cruise should never have taken place or we should have been given the option, after shared information, to either cancel or continue and hope for the best, with refund if cancelled. That option was not given - unlike the passengers of Tauck and Avalon, on similar cruises at the same time.
One of our number has now completed his research in to how The Danube is monitored, condition reports before we sailed and forecasts (this is my idiot summary) - Viking were fully aware, as were all the river cruise lines, obviously conditions are monitored closely by all the operators. Viking decided to go ahead, not informing us, several other cruise lines did not, as mentioned above.