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About Patti Pietschmann

Patti Pietschmann is a globetrotting free-lance writer and award-winning journalist specializing in luxury travel, cruises, spas and beauty. She and her husband and fellow journalist, Richard, developed a passion for cruising at a young age and have since made 400 voyages and counting. Her articles have appeared world wide and on the Internet, airline magazines, bridal publications, Departures, Diversion, Harpers Bazaar, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco magazines; Cosmopolitan, major newspapers (she was Teen Editor of Newsday New York), Cruisecritic.com, Cruiseable.com, Examiner.com and guide book: ACCESS Cruise, ACCESS LA and more. Patti and Richard live high above Hollywood when they aren’t at their part time condo in Kihei, Maui or on a ship.
21 06, 2019

RSSC’s jaunty Navigator gets gussied up from stern to bow

By |2019-06-24T20:11:10+00:00June 21st, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   Regent Seven Seas jaunty Navigator is sailing from London to Dublin today with a whole new look. The ship spent two weeks in dry dock in Brest France getting a full make-over. It was her first refurbishment in three years. According to Jason Montague, RSSC  CEO/president, the redo went well. [...]

17 06, 2019

Don’t miss the boat, book that Christmas cruise now

By |2019-06-17T17:13:51+00:00June 17th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Choose from 4 festive Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea or Regent voyages By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If you are one of those who doesn’t want to be home for the holidays, this post’s for you. It’s about Christmas cruises of which my husband and I have taken a few. While I did have trepidations about my [...]

12 06, 2019

This may surprise you but Tauck offers a whole more than tours

By |2019-06-12T19:12:07+00:00June 12th, 2019|Dining, Land, River, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva You might have thought Tauck only did tours. Wrong.  The 94-year-old company caters to every traveler's taste from river cruises to ocean voyages.   It's a discerning traveler's go to company for personalized travel. During decades of operation the award-winning  company amassed a loyal cultural-curious clientele who will follow them anywhere. [...]

7 06, 2019

Hike and bike in Whistler BC one of the most beautiful spots on the planet

By |2019-06-07T17:56:37+00:00June 7th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Plan an active summer vacation to magical Whistler Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Do you love to go hiking or bike riding and are looking for a great place to do it this summer? Have we got the spot for you. It’s Whistler Mountain Bike Park. With world class cross country trails, events and festivals for [...]

5 06, 2019

Oceania Cruises revamps Riviera with stylish new look

By |2019-06-06T18:34:36+00:00June 5th, 2019|Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stunning new designs and decor By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva  Oceania Riviera sports a glamorous new look after her stint in dry dock.  It's all part of the brands OceanNEXT program—a continuance of fleet-wide enhancements which includes the Marina in 2020. “This is not just a refurbishment but a way to  elevate guest experiences by the [...]

5 06, 2019

Silversea stages exclusive event for the Monaco Grand Prix 2020

By |2019-06-05T18:06:04+00:00June 5th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Yearly stop-over in Monte Carlo attracts racing fans Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Monte Carlo oozes with wealth and hedonism What a treat for Grand Prix fans. Every May swish Silversea Cruises sails into chic Monte Carlo for the Formula One Motor race where passengers can buy an exclusive two-night shore excursion. The tour [...]

4 06, 2019

Breaking news: President Trump puts halt on travel to Cuba (updated June 5)

By |2019-06-05T18:38:52+00:00June 4th, 2019|Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|1 Comment

New rule sending shock waves through travel industry By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The Trump administration just stripped  Americans of rights  to travel by ship, tour or private vessels to Cuba. Not the news people who planned to visit the island by ship or tour want to hear.  And definitely not what cruise lines bargained [...]

3 06, 2019

Wait until you read about Seabourn Cruises latest ‘Venture”

By |2019-06-03T20:00:01+00:00June 3rd, 2019|River, Sea, Stuff|1 Comment

 A super luxurious expedition ship set to sail June 2021 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Luxurious expedition ships are the latest rage.  Just about every high-end cruise line worth their sea salt is getting on the bandwagon.  And swish Seabourn is no exception. The company is adding two expedition vessels as we speak.  The first [...]

2 06, 2019

Silversea Silver Spirit stretched and flexed to perfection

By |2019-06-02T18:39:48+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

 Silver Spirit's face lift proves welcoming change for most By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Frankly we didn't see anything wrong with Silversea's Silver Spirit the first two times we sailed on it. But her owners apparently did. So they decided to not only upgrade her pretty self but give it a big stretch.  So far [...]

1 06, 2019

Dining at Montage Beverly Hills Restaurant delights the senses

By |2019-06-03T16:54:18+00:00June 1st, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

A posh haven for the rich and famous that redefines luxury By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The European-style Montage Beverly Hills  exudes class. But that's not to say it's in any way stuffy.  The staff is always friendly and welcoming.  Even the valets who take your car at the porte-cochere--which is usually lined with limos, [...]

30 05, 2019

Richard Branson wages billboard campaign urging South Dakotans to book a cruise

By |2019-05-31T14:51:57+00:00May 30th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Quirky co-founder of Virgin Voyages says South Dakotans need vacations Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Daredevil, entrepreneur and c0-founder of the new adult only Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson, has waged a quirky campaign to get South Dakotans to book cruises.  Branson says the rest of the country has gotten behind his cruise line why not South [...]

25 05, 2019

Going on an Alaska cruise? Be sure to pack smart

By |2019-05-25T16:41:36+00:00May 25th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

A handy guide to get your off on the right foot By Patti Pietschmann Wow! Alaska is on track to greet a record number of cruise passengers this season. We’re talking 1.3 million people heading off ships and into the wondrous cities of the Last Frontier. But, will they be prepared? Will you?  Cool and [...]

18 05, 2019

Cheap and cushy flights to France on La Compagnie

By |2019-05-20T16:52:24+00:00May 18th, 2019|Stuff|0 Comments

Carrier offers best fares from New York to Paris or Nice Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress The Diva doesn't do coach.  It’s an expensive habit, especially if  flying to France.  On many airlines a business class ticket costs close to $5,000 each way.  But not on La Compagnie which offers bargain-priced luxurious business class seating from [...]

13 05, 2019

Spunky Silversea Silver Shadow gets a facelift

By |2019-05-13T20:11:58+00:00May 13th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

The 19-year-old ship to be brought up to snuff with enhancements Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress The spunky, little 388-passenger Silver Shadow, sister of Silver Whisper debuted in 2000.  Both siblings bring joy to the luxury line’s upscale passengers offering smart, casually chic and offering seamless sailings. My husband Richard have spent many days on both [...]

9 05, 2019

A Christmas chat with the jovial Captain of Crystal Serenity

By |2019-05-10T23:45:45+00:00May 9th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

There's nothing like a holiday cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress Photo of Capt. Vorland and Patti  by Richard Pietschmann Crystal Cruises goes overboard adorning its ships for the Christmas holidays.  The mood is always festive.  And, when the master of the ship is  Captain Birger Vorland, it's even [...]

9 05, 2019

MSC Cruises behemoth Grandiosa prepares for debut

By |2019-05-26T17:20:37+00:00May 9th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Largest ship in MSC fleet sets sail in November By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress If you’re a fan of big, new ships, put MSC Cruises Grandiosa on your to do list.  The majestic vessel launches November 9, 2019 as the fifth of the line’s next-generation crafts. Like her name implies, the 6,300-passenger behemoth will certainly [...]

6 05, 2019

It pays big dividends to be a repeat passenger on Seabourn

By |2019-05-06T23:54:04+00:00May 6th, 2019|Miles, Sea, Stuff|1 Comment

Seabourn loyalty program packed with perks   Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress Some cruise lines go overboard rewarding repeat customers. And we like it that way. While it often takes thousands of accrued miles to get a free airline ticket or upgrade, cruise companies tend to be more generous. One line that proves faithfulness pays is [...]

3 05, 2019

Treat Mom to a trip to Hawaii and dinner at Chef Mavro for Mother’s Day

By |2019-05-05T18:59:18+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Dining, Stuff|0 Comments

 Give mom the very best dining experience ever By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress Photo by Richard Pietschmann Chef Mavro is forks down one of Hawaii's finest restaurants. My husband Richard and I have been going there since it opened years ago.   The romantic restaurant, operated and founded by exceptional chef, George Mavro, is [...]

3 05, 2019

Viking Cruises expands Egypt extensions for 2020 on new Osiris

By |2019-06-01T23:46:11+00:00May 3rd, 2019|River, Stuff|0 Comments

Explore Egypt in style with a Viking voyage By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Is Egypt is on your bucket list? If so this is the right time to plan your trip. Viking Cruises is expanding its Egypt voyages on the new Viking Osiris.  The intimate, elegantly-designed 82-passenger, 41 stateroom Scandinavian-style vessel debuts September 2020. Egypt [...]