Cruise & Maritime Voyages was forced to cancel a call to Kangaroo Island at the weekend amid escalating bushfires in Australia.

Vasco da Gama was scheduled to visit Penneshaw on Saturday but changed course after the South Australian Country Fire Service advised the line to cancel the port of call.

Fires have killed two people on the island last week and the highest warning level remains in place across two thirds of the territory.

Vasco da Gama, which was on a four-day South Australian Icons itinerary, continued to Port Lincoln on mainland Australia on Sunday.

The ship’s next sailing is due to depart later on Monday.


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Dean Brazier, CMV Australia’s managing director, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the Australian bushfires.

“We wish to thank our guests on board for their patience and understanding of the itinerary change and imagine that they were in support of assisting the bushfire effort and those on Kangaroo Island.

“We would like to thank them for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.”

Last year, the line showcased Vasco da Gama to the UK trade in Tilbury after the vessel joined the fleet.

Vasco da Gama previously sailed as Pacific Eden for P&O Cruises Australia.