No Further Impacts Expected from Australia Fires

February 17, 2009
After killing nearly 200 people and leaving about 7,000 homeless, brushfires, which have been burning throughout Australia for more than a week, are largely under control.

At least 20 fires were reported at one time, but the numbers have now dropped back into the single digits.

Although two cruise lines -- Holland America Line and Princess Cruises -- cancelled wildlife and wineries tours until further notice after fires ravaged parts of the Yarra Valley wine region and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, it is not expected that the blazes will further impact cruise itineraries or excursions.

Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Voyager arrived in Melbourne Sunday, as scheduled, and did not make any changes to its excursion offerings. P&O Cruises' Arcadia is due in port there on Wednesday and has also said it will not change its plans.

If you have questions about a ship that is due to call in Melbourne in the near future, you should contact your cruise line.

This will be our last report.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor

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