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Old July 31st, 2014, 10:47 AM
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Default Danube lock broken. Gabcikovo lock

Onboard the avalon impression and we have been stuck just below Bratislava because of a broken lock. We boarded the ship last night and received the news that we cannot move ahead.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 10:52 AM
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I will post an update here as soon as we know more.
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We're on board Viking Idun and have just been told that we will be unable to sail to Budapest on Saturday because of this lock, instead we will dock in Bratislava and be bussed in for the tour and then return to the ship. So no night spent in Budapest, which is a shame.

Passengers whose flight home on Sunday morning is before 10am will spend the night in a Budapest hotel before transfering to the airport, but for later flights this is not an option unless you are prepared to fund it yourself.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 11:57 AM
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We have been told that we will disembark the Impression tomorrow (Friday) morning and will be bussed to Vienna for 2 nights. they are not sure when we will continue onboard the ship. Looks like we are going on a bus trip.
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Well that's a shame, I idea how long it will be out of commission?
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Could be two days. Not sure
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That's a real bummer, Gentlemancruiser. Hope it gets resolved soon.
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That's a real bummer, Gentlemancruiser. Hope it gets resolved soon.
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I'm sorry to hear. I hope the various cruise lines treat everyone well.
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The cruise director has done a great job and the captain is waiting for information from the authorities in Slovakia. We hope the Avalon Impression will meet us next Monday upstream. It is upsetting because we waited so long to see the danube from the river not from a bus. Avalon is going to take us to see every city and we are being given a few extra excursions for free.
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What a shame!!! Things we can't predict and have no control over! Now the most important - how will the cruise lines treat the passengers!!!
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Ugg....worries...high water, low water, broken locks
so much to worry about before our cruise

I think I will have to pack a recipe for making lemonade from lemons!!!
We will be on vacation with friends....and will have to keep positive outlooks...

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Thinking of all of those river cruisers on rivers affected by the broken lock! No matter which company you are cruising with..... Safe and wonderful travels !


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We docked in Komarno, Slovakia(1hours drive south of Bratsliava) There were 6 ships docked in the Danube and another 10 docked in a side canal. We were bussed to Vienna and drove past the broken lock. It was empty of water (not a good sign). We are hopeful we will see the Impression again in 2 days. Avalon told us to keep our room keys, so fingers crossed we might get back onboard.
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The cruise director has done a great job and the captain is waiting for information from the authorities in Slovakia. We hope the Avalon Impression will meet us next Monday upstream. It is upsetting because we waited so long to see the danube from the river not from a bus. Avalon is going to take us to see every city and we are being given a few extra excursions for free.
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I imagine they would be working on it feverishly. Not only cruise ships but barges (commerce) is affected. Hoping for the best for you all.
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8) Norwegian Jewel - February, '11 - NYC -> San Juan, PR -> St. Thomas, USVI -> St. Maarten -> Tortola, BVI -> Antigua

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I hope it all works out ..
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I have a friend on the AMA Certo now. She's supposed to be cruising from Budapest to Amsterdam. Her email from late last night said that they were being bussed to Vienna today. It's a mess. Don't know how many boats are affected going in both directions.
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Default A Lock Update Regarding Current Avalon Travelers

On Wednesday morning we were advised that a lock, located west of Bratislava, had been closed for urgent repairs. Unfortunately this means that the Avalon Impression and Avalon Expression are not be able to pass through the lock on their Danube journeys. For the time being, we have no further information about how long this repair work will last.

As you can imagine, this disruption is out of our control, and as a result, upon arrival, we offered our guests the opportunity to cancel their trips and return home, promising to refund all unused cruising days. For those who chose to stay on, we are doing our best to help them enjoy the many beautiful sights and delights they traveled to Europe to see.

Our Cruise Directors are providing travelers daily updates on revised schedules, as well as any new insight we receive from river authorities related to the lock situation.

We appreciate our travelers, their patience and understanding throughout this situation. Should you have any questions and you would like to reach out to us directly, please email traveleradvisory@globusfamily.com or call 866.397.6593.

(We're sending our warmest wishes and best thoughts to you Gentlemancruiser and your fellow passengers.)

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Default An Avalon Lock Update for Future Legendary Danube (WNB 0803) Cruisers

On Wednesday, a lock between Budapest and Bratislava was closed for urgent repairs. The lock remains closed, regrettably disrupting cruise itineraries for both the Avalon Impression and Avalon Expression. As a result, the Avalon Impression will not make it to Nuremberg in time for its next cruise: The Legendary Danube (WNB 0803). This delay will result in hotel stays and less time cruising on the Danube for travelers scheduled on that itinerary.

While this situation is, in large part, out of our control, we are proactively reaching out to travelers scheduled to depart on The Legendary Danube (WNB 0803) to offer them several options, given the situation and disruption.

If you are scheduled to sail aboard the Avalon Impression on the Legendary Danube Cruise (WNB 0803) and have not yet been contacted by our team or your travel agent, please reach out to us by calling 866.397.6593 or via email at traveleradvisory@globusfamily.com. Thank you for your understanding.

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We are on the Viking Aegir and we stopped in Krems and were bussed to Vienna. We are currently staying at the Grand Hotel till tomorrow and will be bussed to Brataslava to continue our journry to Bucharist. We are being treated like loyalty with a lot of frebbies.
We are on a vacation and are going with the flow.
It is out of the control of the cruise lines.
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