(5:30 a.m. EDT) — Bushfires raging across Australia have so far affected one cruise ship excursion around Sydney.
Alternate tours in Sydney were arranged for passengers whose excursions had been cancelled. No other Carnival Australia cruise line has been affected, a spokesperson confirmed.
He added: “Our thoughts are with those in the Blue Mountains region as they continue to battle the fires.”
Blue Mountains tours are not offered.
A spokesperson said: “We don’t have any impact yet from the fires because the ships that are currently sailing from Sydney primarily carry local passengers, so Blue Mountains tours are not generally offered.
Diamond Princess, which carries more North American passengers, begins sailing in Australia in December. So any longer term impact on Blue Mountains tours would be determined at that time.
New South Wales has been badly hit by bushfires after the hottest September on record and has declared a state of emergency as the fires continue to rage.
–by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor