Greetings from a wintery Rhine valley . Here is the thread for 2017 for everything related to the water levels of the Rhine and bits of information on the river.
The beginning of the year has been relatively quiet and uneventful apart from a couple of days of severe storms. One morning I got up hoping that all the roof tiles would still be in place. But everything was fine. We have had some snow and quite cold temperatures. A typical winter month as it should be.
But the river level has been strangely low. So low in fact that the largest river cruise ships might have had problems on some days getting through the Rhine gorge just like in October, when it got very close to such a situation. Well, they are not sailing the Rhine again before the middle of March, though. It is too early in the year to predict what the situation will be like in March or April. Experts say there has been too little rain (and snow) in December resulting in the low water levels. It is too cold for much snow to melt during the day.
Actually, I did see a couple of Viking ships, they might be training the crew or relocating the ships from one embarkation port to another. Yesterday the William Shakespeare (built by the Veka Group in the Netherlands for Riviera Travel UK) made its way upstream. I would love to have a trip on this splendid vessel from 2014.
I hope you have trips to look forward to, on the Rhine or another river, or indeed an ocean. Wherever the trips will take you, have a splendid time. Safe travels.
English Channel Crossings 1984 to present:
Calais - Dover
Ostend - Dover
Dutch island hopping 1980's
Many Rhine river short trips