In the middle of the night Viking River Cruises' ship Viking Freya crashed into bridge in Erlangen, Germany, killing 2 crewmembers and destroying the wheelhouse. A company statement said no passengers or other crewmembers were injured.
According to German newspapers Freya's 49 crewmembers and 181 passengers were stranded aboard until 6:00 a.m. when rescuers brought a catwalk and got everyone ashore. Viking Cruises has already transported all to local hotels.
Viking Freya will be moved for repairs. Cruise passengers can continue their trip with Viking on a modified itinerary after joining Viking Bestla in Passau, Germany. They can also choose to return home. Line's Customer Relations team contacts all impacted guests to discuss appropriate compensation.
"We are heartbroken, and company executives are on the scene to work closely with local authorities to understand the details of the accident," a company spokesperson said.
Viking Freya was cruising Germany's Rhine-Main-Danube Canal on her way to Budapest. Shipping traffic was halted until further notice. The cause of the accident is still unknown, but local newspapers reported the police on the scene said the wheelhouse had not been lowered to clear the bridge.
Future Viking sailings are not expected to be impacted by the accident.
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