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Just Cruisin' on a luxury yacht

The Daily Telegraph

Visiting film star Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes have discovered that the best way to enjoy some privacy during their stay in Australia is to spend their downtime at sea.

Last week the couple, who have made some wealthy and influential new friends during their stay here, were invited as guests aboard the new luxury yacht of wealthy Western Australian businessman Tim Roberts, the director of Multiplex.

Roberts, who is the son of deceased Multiplex founder John, made headlines earlier this year after a burglary at his Cottlesloe house exposed his involvement in a lurid love triangle.

The multi-millionaire last week offered Cruise the use of his $30 million luxury yacht - a boat described by one yacht broker as one of the world's finest - for a cruise off the Kimberley Coast near Broome.

Broome has become the most popular celebrity retreat in the country thanks to the tropical climate, the luxurious Cable Beach Resort and the absence of media.

More private still are the waters off Broome, which is where Cruise, Holmes and daughter Suri are said to have ventured after flying into the remote area in a private jet.

The boat would have offered the superstar couple a luxurious sailing experience, although one a little more simple than Cruise's outing last month on board James Packer's Arctic P in the translucent waters off Tahiti.

Roberts' 34m catamaran, built by the same company that made Greg Norman's yacht, features all mod cons and a helipad.

After a few days of luxury the couple returned to Melbourne at the weekend and on Sunday were in each other's arms at the North Melbourne dance studios of TV choreographer Jason Coleman.

Holmes has been having regular dance lessons at Coleman's Ministry of Dance studios on Sundays and also takes 3-year-old Suri to ballet lessons there.

This time Cruise decided to join his family at the studio and insiders claim he limbered up before executing a few thrilling moves.