Seven Seas Mariner pool deck

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises has boosted the benefits of its first circumnavigation of Australia aboard the recently refurbished Seven Seas Mariner.

Now part of its ‘Grand Voyages’ collection, the 36-night itinerary departs Sydney 15 December 2018 with many overnight stays and extra perks -- similar to what is offered to passengers on an entire World Cruise.

The additional benefits include one night’s accommodation and dinner in a luxury hotel pre-cruise, phone time in each suite, unlimited laundry services, a commemorative gift, a New Year’s Eve party in Bali and an exclusive experience ashore. These amenities are on top of Regent’s standard inclusions of premium drinks, unlimited shore excursions, meals in specialty restaurants, in-suite mini bar replenished daily, unlimited WiFi and pre-paid gratuities.

As well as sailing around Australia and overnighting in Bali, the cruise will visit Komodo Island and two ports in Papua New Guinea. Local ports of call include Mooloolaba, Airlie Beach, Townsville, Cairns (overnight), Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Fremantle, Esperance, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Portland, Melbourne (overnight) and Burnie before returning to Sydney. Suites are priced from AU$33,120 per person twin share.

--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor