Posted July 8th, 2014, 05:51 AM
Hello travelling man123,
welcome to cruisecritic.
I can understand the current river situation is making you nervous, especially as this is your first river cruise. And you have chosen a long itinerary!
Unfortunately there is no way of knowing or even predicting the water levels more than a few days in advance.
Right now a band of rain is sweeping over Western Europe and the river levels are rising.
As regards the ship/bus issue that is something I would ask Viking via phone closer to the date. Viking has so many ships on the rivers now, it is unlikely that you will be off a boat for long on such a long itinerary.
To explain the rivers on your itinerary a bit:
You will cross the European watershed on your journey. This means basically that the Rhine and Danube are naturally unconnected rivers and can differ in their current water level situation. The Main is a tributary the Rhine. The Main-Danube-Canal connects you to the Main and then the Rhine. Essentially that means four different types of navigation channels each with their own water level scenarios.
The water levels are low on all those four at the moment, lower than normal for this time of year.
But currently it seem that even on the tricky Regensburg stretch on the Danube boats are sailing.
This is an official site you can come back to. The current rain situation over Germany:
Rainfall from low to high: yellow, green, aqua, blue, pink, red.
Water levels for Germany:
The green dots are good, you do not want to see those orange dots when travelling. Those mean possible problems but not that a ship cannot sail. That is - in the end - entirely a decision taken by the captain of a ship (the cruise company has a say in the matter for logistic reasons).
And check out the site:
And do not worry too much - if you can - about the bus trips. The changing water levels are something we live with and it can make your journey a bit unpredictable, but also adventurous in a positive sense, and you might see something interesting that was not in your original itinerary.
While counting the days towards your cruise read cruisecritic.
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