HAL's Rotterdam in Melbourne; No Further Impacts Reported

February 13, 2009
Update, 6:45 p.m. EST: Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Seven Seas Voyager is the next ship due to call at Melbourne, on Sunday. Thus far, the cruise line has not reported any changes to the itinerary or shore excursions. We'll keep you posted throughout the weekend as the situation warrants.

Holland America's Rotterdam arrived in Melbourne today, as reports say that the threat of new bush fires still remains high.

On Thursday, Holland America told Cruise Critic that its Wildlife and Wineries shore excursion would be cancelled until further notice -- this includes Rotterdam's call and Volendam's call on 28 February. The fires have devastated much of Victoria, killing at least 181 people.

Most tourist areas escaped damage, but parts of Yarra Valley wine region and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary have been impacted. At this point, P&O Cruises, Regent and Princess Cruises all have ships in port in the next week -- but have yet announced any changes to shore excursions, even though all have tours planned for the wildlife and winery attractions.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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