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Meta: January 2013

Here is the overview what changed this month on

- Search: The simple search is functional. Same for the ship search. The advanced search is still buggy, stay away ;)

- River levels: The site is now monitoring 327 river levels all over europe, providing one interface (text & graph). Much simpler than checking 12 pages all the time ;) You'll find a new #Tab at every river page. Click on a station name and you'll see the graph. Warning levels however are still beta.


Meta: Major update 2012

After nearly one year, the site is going through a major update. This was nessessary for several reasons. For the first version, I was just reaching a bit too far, wanted to get everything included. But it turned out, it was much more complicated than expected.

While you'll just see the changes on the interface, there were several major changes done to the database. I had to deal with them first, in order to make everything else work smoothly again.


Accident: Moselle blocked November 2012

A freighter ran aground on the Moselle close to Cochem. The river is going to be blocked until this evening (22.11.2012) ,

Google Translate of German Newspaper: Spiegel

Ships changes for 2013

As I am currently updating ship infos for the amazing relaunch, I stumbled upon until now unannounced changes in the fleets.

And this is the reason why the sundeck is often not available... prevent accidents like this when you pass low bridges. By the way, the german title of the video is 'worlds stupidest captain'. Well, actually you can't see the damage, but it does not sound that well..


List of Locks along the Rivers

One huge difference between an ocean cruise and a river cruise are all the locks along the rivers. Most river cruise ships are designed in such a way not to waste any space and just fit into the locks. For example the lock width along the Rhine Main Danube Canal is 12meter, so all ships can have a maximum width of 11.40m. That leaves exactly one foot of space to the right and left if a ship enters a lock. Therefore they sometimes bump into the walls, which may be very unpleasant at night. That is one of the little details most operators or travel agents do not mention.