LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

DANHan­ra­han, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Celebrity Cruises, is on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion. A na­tive of Wis­con­sin, he lives in Mi­ami, where he is chair­man of the Mi­ami Wine and Food Fes­ti­val and a mem­ber of the board for Is­land Dol­phin Care, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in Key Largo that as­sists spe­cial-needs chil­dren. More: celebrity.com. Des­per­ate to get back to: Is­tan­bul. I re­cently com­peted in the Asia to Europe swim­ming race across the Bospho­rus (which is held each July) and found the city fas­ci­nat­ing. Must-do ac­tiv­ity: Sail­ing through the en­chant­ing, pris­tine DEALS OF THE WEEK Idyl­lic is­lands: Cruiseco has a 20-night cruise, stay and fly pack­age to Tahiti and Hawaii on Ra­di­ance of the Seas, de­part­ing Syd­ney on April 5, 2012; from $3979 a per­son twin-share (sav­ing $380 a per­son), in­clud­ing two nights post-cruise in Waikiki and re­turn flight. Ports in­clude Auck­land, Moorea and Bora Bora. More: cruis­ing.com.au. Gala­pa­gos Is­lands (on Celebrity Xpedi­tion, of course). Per­fect place for in­dul­gence: The Napa Val­ley near San Fran­cisco; I’m a wine en­thu­si­ast and love to see peo­ple’s pas­sion for their craft. Invit­ing culi­nary desti­na­tion: An out­door ta­ble at Au­berge du Solo spe­cials: Pay just 10 per cent ex­tra for a sin­gle sup­ple­ment ex­plor­ing New Zealand and Aus­tralia on board Sil­ver Shadow; from $9685 a per­son (sin­gle oc­cu­pancy), de­part­ing Auck­land on Jan­uary 5 (15 days) or Fe­bru­ary 4 (19 days), with lec­tures from cin­e­matog­ra­pher Pi­eter De Vries or chef Mag­gie Beer. More: silversea.com. Soleil (restau­rant and ac­com­mo­da­tion) in Ruther­ford, over­look­ing the Napa and serv­ing 40 wines by the glass. In­spi­ra­tional travel nar­ra­tive: Trav­els with a Don­key in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Steven­son, with its mem­o­rable quote: ‘‘I travel for travel’s sake.’’ Most mem­o­rable splurge: My sail­boat. I love any­thing to do with the sea. Best af­ter­noon-tea ex­pe­ri­ence: The Orangery in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, Lon­don. On a sunny day you can sit on the ter­race and en­joy views of Kens­ing­ton Palace and its el­e­gant grounds. Best-spent travel dol­lars: Any op­por­tu­nity to travel with my kids. Ama­zon alert: Book a 33-day Scenic Tours pack­age to South Amer­ica by Oc­to­ber 31, and your part­ner will fly home free. The cruise de­parts Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 23, 2012, and in­cludes the Ama­zon (on Aria); from $22,925 a per­son twin-share, with ac­com­mo­da­tion and an An­des rail jour­ney. More: scenic­tours.com.au.

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