Australia’s cruise industry continues to operate at full capacity and has united with other tourism sectors in planning for the recovery of communities impacted by fires. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has confirmed all major cruise lines in the region are currently operating as scheduled and that most Australian cruise destinations are unaffected by the fires.
“Cruise lines are monitoring the situation in Australia closely and if required can adjust itineraries to avoid areas affected by fire,” said Andy Harmer, director of CLIA UK and Ireland. “The safety of guests is always paramount. Cruise lines will also consider whether itinerary changes are necessary to avoid placing pressure on regions dealing with emergencies.”
To date, five cruise itineraries have had minor adjustments to avoid ports in areas that have been impacted by fire. Of approximately 50 cruise ports in Australia, only two regional destinations have been affected, though it is expected they will be accessible again soon.
Major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are unaffected by fires (other than periods of smoke haze), as are most other cruise ports around Australia. CLIA announced it is in close contact with tourism organisations to ensure a united response to the bushfire situation and in planning for the recovery of destinations hit by fires.