I taught people how to make martinis
her Deborah Hutton will channel his. intrepid spirit on Imagine T Picture: Chloe Paul/Headpress
“I’ve been cruising since I was a kid. My mother has been on about 30 cruises in her life and she used to drag me on those when I was a teenager,” she says.
Before the rejuvenation of cruise ships, which now feature the latest in restaurant franchises, entertainment and on-board activities, Hutton remembers when cruising was just the domain of retirees.
“(But) the nice thing about cruising now is … you can always go and find your own kind of person, because there’s always such a mix of people and ages,” she says. The mother and daughter, still travelling together, recently sailed from Broome to Darwin “and had an absolute ball”.
Then there was the cruise Hutton lead from Paris to Cannes a few years ago — curated especially for followers of her Balance By Deborah Hutton brand, which focuses on good food and health — and, apparently, as she confesses now, that includes a tipple or two.
“I taught people how to make martinis. We took our own entertainment and my iPod got an absolute hammering.
“There was also a yoga teacher on board and she would take a class each morning. It was for people who were really genuinely interested in getting the most out of their day … it was really fabulous,” she says. Imagine This airs 5pm, Saturday on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel