The Minority Report hunk - whose split with the Spanish beauty was announced last week (ends26MAR04) - took a private jet to the African setting of her movie SAHARA and lined up a romantic night in a camel-skin Bedouin tent, according to Britain's NEWS OF THE WORLD newspaper.
However, Cruise's efforts to rekindle their romance failed to impress Cruz - she insisted they stay in a luxury hotel instead.
A set insider says, "It was a wonderful romantic gesture, but it did not go to plan.
"After enduring two weeks of sandstorms and scorching daytime temperatures Penelope opted for an air-conditioned five-star hotel.
"We all thought she would be thrilled when Tom made the surprise visit, but she looked miserable."28/03/2004 14:44