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River cruising online #2

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The HuffingtonPost wrote about river cruises in France:

Our mostly over-50 group includes teachers, doctors, nurses and engineers, as well as quilters and garden enthusiasts -- both couples and singles. A significant number of our travel companions are, like us, retirees at a similar stage of life. All Americans, they come from almost every region of the U.S. After exploring Paris from this base for several days, we will be embarking on a seven-night river cruise on M/S Chardonnay through Burgundy and Provence.

Travel Weekly posted on Weather and Waterlevels (prior to the flood):

If regional weather patterns look like they might affect water levels, then the next step is to simply ask the river cruise line point blank whether the itinerary will proceed as planned. The challenge, of course, is that oftentimes even the river cruise companies themselves don't know whether there will be changes up until the last minute. It’s in everyone’s interests for the sailings to go as planned, and so they will often try to hold off on any premature cancellations or itinerary alterations. But it doesn’t hurt to ask, several times if necessary.

The Telegraph covers river cruise destinations for 2014:

New ships on established routes, appealing twists on existing journeys, themed “odysseys” and stay-and-sail packages all feature in river-cruise programmes for 2014. With river cruising firmly in the ascendant, cruise operators have responded with a raft of “book-now” itineraries — among them an excellent selection of old favourites and fresh alternatives. France is proving to be a hot new favourite, with options including not only the Rhône but also the Seine and the waterways around Bordeaux. Here’s our pick of European river cruises, with a wild card thrown in.

Croisi Europe launches some new cruises and ships according to PR Web:

With the christening of their newest ship, The Cyrano de Bergerac, on May 16, 2013, CroisiEurope adds a second ship to their successful river cruise voyages from Bordeaux into French wine country. Bordeaux is the oldest and largest of France’s wine growing regions.

First time river cruise experience report in the Telegraph:

I’d picked a river rather than a sea cruise for my maiden voyage, because the destinations appealed. We were set to sail along the Danube from Budapest to Regensburg in Germany — the first half of a two-week Jewels of Europe cruise, which finished in Amsterdam. For company and a reliable second opinion, my wife had agreed to join me — leaving our three teenage offspring behind to fend for themselves at home.

About the new Scenic ships:

Last month, Scenic launched its seventh river vessel in Europe, the 169-passenger Scenic Jewel. At that time, the company also announced it would launch an eighth ship, the Scenic Gem, in 2014. The Scenic Jade will be the latest of Scenic’s Space-Ships class of vessels. Amenities will include personal butler service for all guests; cabins that feature walk-out balconies that convert into all-weather lounges with the push of a button; complimentary minibar stocked daily; and high-definition TVs linked to Mac Mini computers with complimentary Internet access in the cabins.

APTouring was awarded by Australian Gourmet Traveller:

APT has received one of travel most prestigious awards at this week’s Australian Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards, which are voted for by the magazine’s readers, winning the newly introduced River Cruise Operator category.

Scenic is going to expand it's 2014 program:

Scenic Cruises is expanding its Europe river cruising program for 2014 with five new itineraries, two new ships, new excursions and a new loyalty program. The company’s Europe 2014 Luxury River Cruise Brochure offers details in 144 color pages.

Huffingtion post on top destinations:

Despite the economic crisis gripping Europe, there's one sector which has seen a dramatic surge of interest in recent years: river cruises. Trips along Europe's great waterways are in higher demand than ever; thanks to their relaxed pace, customizable activities, and itineraries which mix culture, history, cuisine, and nature, river cruises are quickly becoming package vacations for the modern era. However, recent flooding on the Danube, one of Europe's most popular rivers, has led operators to cancel cruises and put many travelers' summer plans in jeopardy. Thankfully, Europe is full of great rivers just waiting to be explored.

Review of the Tulip Cruises in the Netherlands:

Although I am a cruise junkie, I had never before been on a river cruise. The ship itself, the Emerald, was long and low, lined with balconies and huge windows. There was always something to look at; people walking dogs, windmills, birds wheeling ahead of you, and the excitement of the locks.

So far the regular articles. Here are those covering the flood and its impact on river cruises

Skift on cancellations:

Several cruise companies have had to cancel or change their river voyages, with widespread flooding still affecting large parts of Central Europe.

Travelmarketreport covers the TA's situation:

Floods in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic have led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of Europeans as rising rivers have threatened communities. A state of emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic, where at least five have been killed in the worst flooding since 2002.

Montreal Gazette compares the actual flood to the 2002 highwater:

It’s against that backdrop that the river ships of Europe started cancelling cruises, busing passengers and moving ships that were full to alternative routes. Did their emergency plans succeed? Were the cruise lines transparent with their customers and the media? Were they quick enough making decisions as it became obvious that portions of their routes were going to be shut down. Did passengers who were disrupted receive fair compensation?

Dailymail shows some pictures from Prague:

Cruise companies have been forced to cancel several of their river cruises following the severe floods that have hit parts of Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe.

USA Today covers cancellations:

Deadly flooding in central Europe has caused river ship companies to cancel sailings, scramble to re-route itineraries on the Danube, Main and Rhine, and in some cases move passengers to different vessels.

LA Times reports on the floods:

River cruise companies have been canceling and modifying cruises as flooding continues over a large swath of Central Europe, including Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Travel Weekly wrote on cancellation policy:

As river cruise lines scrambled over the past couple weeks to rebook and reaccommodate passengers impacted by some of the worst flooding in Central Europe in decades, their focus remained on ensuring customer satisfaction and a good reputation amid crisis.