We took this tour in July or early Aug 2011 and our ship got sand-locked on the Elbe River. We weren't so bad off as you guys, but got bused to Meissen, and back to the ship, then on the bus the next morning to Dresden. With spending 3 hours in the pouring, windy rain in Meissen the day before we would have liked to spend less time in the Meissen factory (few bought anything) and gone on to Dresden the same day. So, because it was also raining the day they bused to Dresden, we stayed on the ship. 160 km's one way was a bit much to do twice. But, when the bus people got back to the ship, the Captain announced we could sail onward, which was to our disembark port. After that we had wonderful weather onward to Poland. We enjoyed the two cities and the tours there. And, yes, we got the same compensation from GCT as you did. Another reason we like GCT.