LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

SA­RINA Brat­ton is founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Orion Ex­pe­di­tion Cruises, her sec­ond cruise start-up; in 1997, Brat­ton cre­ated Nor­we­gian Capricorn Line with Mi­ami-based par­ties. Dur­ing her ca­reer, she has served on in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment boards and has won nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing 2008 NSW En­tre­pre­neur of the Year. More: ori­on­ex­pe­di­tions.com. Des­per­ate to get back to: Ex­plor­ing the Kim­ber­ley’s King Ge­orge River with its soar­ing, ver­ti­cal ochre cliffs. Must visit at least once: Camp Leakey in cen­tral Bor­neo, Malaysia, to ex­pe­ri­ence Birute Galdikas and her team’s won­der­ful work in as­sist­ing the DEALS OF THE WEEK Sounds divine: Voy­age around the east­ern Med for seven nights on MSC Cruises’ new Divinia, de­part­ing from Istanbul; from $939 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing high­lights such as Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Izmir and Dubrovnik in Croa­tia. Weekly depar­tures from June 2 to Oc­to­ber 27. More: 1300 028 502; msc­cruises.com.au. res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of or­phaned orang­utans. Stand-out bar ex­pe­ri­ence: Lan­tern Bar, on the rooftop of Sin­ga­pore’s Fuller­ton Bay Ho­tel, has panoramic views across the Ma­rina Bay waterfront. Mar­vel­lous month: Cruise Ex­press has a new 31-night fly­cruise pack­age from Bos­ton to Buenos Aires via the Panama Canal aboard Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Veen­dam; from $6999 a per­son, in­clud­ing re­turn flights from Australia for the Oc­to­ber 20 de­par­ture and home via Buenos Aires, vis­it­ing 16 ports. More: cruise­ex­press.com.au. Ul­ti­mate eco-ad­ven­ture afloat: Orion, of course; we have the only cruise ship to hold Earthcheck EC3 ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Per­fect place for in­dul­gence: Mii amo Spa at En­chant­ment Re­sort in Se­dona is nes­tled against the red Ari­zona canyon walls and is in­spired by Na­tive Amer­i­can themes. Most mem­o­rable splurge: A group of friends book­ing the whole lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand. Best new cruise des­ti­na­tion: Bor­neo and Sabah for their di­verse cul­tures and wildlife ex­pe­ri­ences. Best-spent travel dol­lars: When­ever pos­si­ble, up­grade flights with fre­quent-flyer points.

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