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Europe Low Water - Rhine and Danube River

Last updated: 18th October 2018

The weather patterns in central Europe have been extremely warm and dry this year. This has led to a drought situation with low water levels in different parts of the Danube River, and more recently in the Rhine River. 

As such, with vast areas of the route between Amsterdam and Budapest becoming too shallow to cruise, we have no option but to cancel APT river cruises scheduled to sail between Amsterdam and Budapest. 

These cancellations affect four cruises – as follows:

26 October 2018 – Amsterdam to Budapest
26 October 2018 – Budapest to Amsterdam
27 October 2018 - Amsterdam to Budapest
27 October 2018 - Budapest to Amsterdam

APT has successfully run all river cruises this season and on occasion has used ship swaps to work around low spots on the Danube with great success. However, we have become aware that the Rhine is also an issue with several low water spots that will preclude these further sailings. 

We are currently in the process of contacting all guests effected by these cancellations. If you haven’t been contacted already, our aim is to contact you by 5p.m. ADST Friday 19th October 2018. We are offering all guests booked on these cruises a full refund on any APT arrangements booked through us.

Guests or travel industry partners with specific questions relating to their APT cruise can contact us on email: