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Tom cruises with James Packer while Katie Holmes shops

Herald Sun - Australia

After jetting out of Melbourne on Tuesday, Tom Cruise is rumoured to have buddied up with his good friend and host James Packer for a few matey days at sea.

While his wife, Katie Holmes, and the couple's adored daughter, Suri, remain at Crown Towers, Cruise and Packer are believed to have left Australia for a few days on board one of Packer's yachts.

The Packer pleasure ship, the Arctic P, has been moored in Tahiti's Port de Papeete in recent months - a convenient flight across the Pacific for the men who share a close friendship and love of recreational activities.

The pair are long overdue for a bonding session.

In the past decade, Cruise has proved a loyal friend to Packer.

He mentored the then media scion through the One.Tel crisis, introduced him to his Church of Scientology at his lowest point, and was at Packer's side following the death of his father, Kerry.

But since both have taken new wives and seen the arrival of new children, there have been few opportunities for catch-ups.

With her hubby out of town, Holmes took her daughter Suri on a shopping spree late Tuesday afternoon.

Holmes and Suri headed to Target in Bourke St, snapping up about $800 worth of toys, clothes and homewares to make her gilded living quarters at Crown more homely.

Holmes and Suri, accompanied by two security guards, browsed the store before buying among other things a children's bike, a Dora the Explorer piano, a Barbie doll, some flannelette sheets for a child's bed, several floor mats with heart and flower designs, some board games, several children's DVDs and an AFL football.

Holmes and Cruise have hardly been extravagant with their spending while in Melbourne - leaving aside an unsubstantiated rumour that she bought a ludicrously expensive handbag at Burberry last week.

Before popping down to Target, Holmes spent time in the day spa at Crown.

Yesterday, she was back at the Docklands studios rehearsing with her co-star, Guy Pearce.

Filming on the horror flick "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will start on Monday.