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River cruising online #7

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Bi-Weekly aggregation of articles I found on the web.

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.

Amadagio shipped to the Rhone

I did a lot of picture research the last few days for the balconies article, as I just wanted to make sure I did not miss any window type that was not in my own database. When I came across an article about the AmaDagio send to the Rhone river, I was not surprised how they did it. Same procedure as what I have written when Uniworlds Countess went to Italy.

Hydrology and European Watersheds

There are a lot of concerns about the river levels since last years drought. I can see this due to the web site statistics. And it is an important questions for a lot of people in river cruise forums. People interested in cruising Europe want to know the the water level for a particular month, and are sometimes really disappointed when they learn that it is too hard to say. WHY is it so hard to predict the river levels? Therefore I try to provide some background information on watersheds, river courses and the main areas where the cruiseable rivers in Europe draw their water from.