I taught peo­ple how to make mar­ti­nis

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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

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