Passengers had to disembark Avalon Waterways’ 162-passenger Avalon Tranquility late on Friday night after it was struck by a cargo ship that was loose from its mooring on the Danube River, just north of Passau, Germany.

The collision caused signficant damage to the engine portion of the ship, according to Avalon, but no passengers were injured and all were removed safely from the ship that night.

Uniworld River Cruises’ River Empress helped disembark the passengers who were transferred to two hotels in Regensburg, Germany, where they were accommodated for the evening.

On Saturday, they spent the night in Munich. And on Sunday morning, members of Avalon's operations team met with the travelers to discuss their options. They could return home from Munich (a flight Avalon would arrange for them) or continue on another land program at no additional charge.

The vast majority of travelers chose the latter option, according to Avalon.

All travelers are being compensated with a refund for the majority of their cruise and a voucher for future travel good through 2013.

The Tranquility is currently drydocked for further inspection and repair.

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