Thousands of cruise passengers were evacuated from their rooms in the early hours this morning after a fire broke out on a ship off the New South Wales coast.
The blaze was detected on a balcony of the Pacific Adventure with photos showing travellers watching on in shock.
A P&O Cruises Australia spokesperson says the fire was extinguished.
However, the extent of the damage and cause is yet to be determined.
The spokesperson also says the fire activated their emergency response procedures including a full muster of guests and crew and they thank everyone on board for their cooperation.
The ship was carrying 3017 guests and 1080 crew.
The ship is scheduled to return on Tuesday.
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