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Regional Australia is opening up to the cruise market, as Seabourn Sojourn made its first call to Eden on New South Wales’ Sapphire Coast this week.

She joins 650-passenger ship MS Astor as the only two ships to visit the regional port this wave season.

The visit was part of the line’s 116-day world cruise, which includes 19-days cruising Australian waters from Sydney to Exmouth before heading to Bali.

Guests spent the day exploring the region’s attractions including a visit to the Killer Whale Museum, bushwalking through Ben Boyd National Park and a cruise on the two arms of Twofold Bay.

Seabourn director of sales Australia Tony Archbold said the line is always seeking new and interesting ports to offer guests unique destinations where large ships can’t sail.

“Towns like Eden, which aren’t necessarily on the traditional cruise map, show a different side to regional Australia and open up a stunning part of New South Wales’ coast. Our guests really appreciate these types of ports,” he said.

During her time in Australia, Sojourn will made a further ten Australian ports, including maiden calls other regional areas Burnie, Geelong, Bunbury and Geraldton.

Next year Eden will welcome L’Austral as she makes her inaugural journey around Australia and Pacific Jewel will sail to the coast in February 2016.