Posted June 26th, 2017, 10:58 AM
How disruptive is a boat swap?We were on a Uniworld Budapest to Amsterdam cruise during the extreme heat and drought of August 2015 when the water level of the Danube dropped so low that a number of cruises were cancelled or ship swaps were initiated. I do remember that another Uniworld cruise on the same itinerary was cancelled that week because it was on one of their new super ships and there wasn't a sister ship coming in the other direction to use for the swap. We were lucky that our cruise was on their most popular style ship. We were notified 2 days before our cruise that we would be bused from our excursion at Melk Abby to Regensberg (about a 4 hour drive) and each of us would receive a $1000 future cruise credit. On the morning of the swap we just packed up our suitcases and left them in our cabin. That evening they were waiting for us on the new ship (same cabin). After touring the Abby we were taken to a very nice restaurant for lunch and then put on comfortable tour busses complete with guides who shared lots of information on the area we were driving through. Then when we were were bussed from Regensberg to our excursions in Passau the next day and given 20 euros each for lunch and then returned to Regensberg for another night before continuing our journey. The river was so low that a barge went aground and all traffic was stopped for a day or so -- we saw it first hand from our tour bus.