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New-look Seven Seas Mariner debuts in Australia

Helen Hutcheon
Diane Patrick with maitre d' Eric Jouffroy in Signatures, the venue for Tuesday's media lunch
Diane Patrick, md of Wiltrans International, general sales agent in Australia and New Zealand for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, is busy showcasing Seven Seas Mariner after her multimillion-dollar refurbishment and upgrade last year.

Patrick was in Melbourne Sunday with her team for functions with travel agents, prospective passengers and media.

Tuesday she hosted a media luncheon and inspection in Sydney and Thursday she will be in Brisbane before the 48,075gt ship sails to Tahiti.

Patrick is highlighting the all-inclusive fares that cover the alternate dining venues, unlimited shore excursions and, most recently, free access to the Internet for passengers travelling in concierge-level suites and higher.

Seven Seas Mariner was the first all-suite, all-balcony ship when she entered service in 2001 and is one of the most spacious ships afloat, with 700 passengers and a crew of 445.

Patrick said Australia is one of Regent Seven Seas Cruises' top international markets.