LITTLE BLACK BOOK
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.