TUI Isla passengers flown home after Danube River flooding incident

   June 7, 2024 ,   Accidents

TUI River Cruises had to evacuate 140+ passengers from TUI Isla ship due to complications arising from rising water levels on the Danube, which have affected multiple operators. The 155-passenger riverboat was undamaged, and passengers were flown home the same day.

TUI is closely monitoring the water levels in Deggendorf Bavaria, where the evacuation took place. Local reports indicate that passengers were evacuated in groups of 25 to 30 using a modified workboat.

In light of the incident on June 3rd, TUI decided to cancel the upcoming "Rhine Gems" sailing scheduled for June 7th. A spokesperson emphasized that the safety of passengers and crew is the top priority, leading to the decision to cancel this week's itinerary due to the unsafe sailing conditions on the Danube.

Avalon Waterways has also canceled two Danube sailings. A spokesperson mentioned that while Avalon strives to keep itineraries intact, alternative experiences are provided when natural events necessitate changes. Most of Avalon's voyages are still operating as planned.

Uniworld is monitoring the situation in central Europe, noting that all cruise lines in the region are affected. Uniworld is in communication with impacted guests and their travel advisors about any changes to embarkation points, schedules, or tours, with solutions tailored to each case. Uniworld assured guests that they are working to maintain high standards for quality and service despite the disruptions.

Viking has issued a statement warning that high water levels on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers could impact upcoming departures. Their nautical team in Switzerland is monitoring the situation and will adjust itineraries as needed to accommodate the conditions.