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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

25 05, 2019

Viking Cruise’s Chicken Kiev Recipe. So Popular and Easy to Prepare.

By |2019-05-31T17:09:35+00:00May 25th, 2019|Dining, Stuff|3 Comments

Here's a great easy to do Chicken Kiev Recipe from Viking Cruises. We'd like to hear if you made this dish or tasted the chicken kiev on your Viking Cruise. Or post your own recipe. This dish originated in Paris, where 19th-century Russian nobility sent their chefs to train. Initially it called for veal, but [...]

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 [...]

30 04, 2019

The truth behind ‘all-inclusive’ cruise fare

By |2019-05-01T17:44:42+00:00April 30th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

You might get a lot but everything isn't always included by Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMistress Defining inclusive ‘All-inclusive’ fares sound great when booking a cruise. However many unsuspecting consumers are confused when it comes to the bottom line. When booking voyages we are told that meals, entertainment and “lots of extras” are built-in to the [...]

16 04, 2019

Crystal Cruises gives you the world in 2022

By |2019-04-17T00:07:51+00:00April 16th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

Crystal Cruises World Cruise 2022 now ready for booking And Pavlus Travel has you covered By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus  PostMistress/BlogMaster Pool deck  photo by Richard Pietschann Wow! It might seem that booking a cruise for 2022 is too soon.  But if you’re considering a World Cruise on the uber-popular Crystal Serenity, it’s never [...]

12 04, 2019

Silversea to launch incredibly luxurious Galapagos-specific ship

By |2019-04-13T01:57:02+00:00April 12th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

 Silver Origin debuts in 2020 with extraordinary features By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Silversea's Silver Origin sets sail in the Galapagos in 2020 as one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever built. The destination immersive expedition ship will offer uniquely immersive Ecuadorian-themed shore and on board experiences led by Silversea’s Expedition Team. A [...]

10 04, 2019

Food is a many ‘splendored’ thing on Regent Seven Seas

By |2019-04-10T23:54:26+00:00April 10th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

RSSC Splendor to debut with creative cuisine By Patti Pietchmann Pavlus BlogMaster Courtesy RSSC The food already tops the culinary charts on any Regent Seven Seas ship. But when the Spendor debuts next year it will tip the culinary scales. The luxury cruise line will be dishing out even more mouth watering creative cuisine. Seven [...]

10 04, 2019

Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale is ideal hotel for a pre-cruise stay

By |2019-04-10T01:07:12+00:00April 10th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Hotel's just a  short hop from airport or cruise port By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Don't miss the boat Crystal Serenity by Richard Pietschmann Many people sailing from Fort Lauderdale must arrive in Florida a day early to catch their ships. I always need to get there a day in advance since I [...]

4 04, 2019

A fantasy of food in a tropical paradise at Hotel Wailea

By |2019-04-04T23:54:08+00:00April 4th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea Maui exceeds expectations By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster reporting from Maui A vibrant fantasy of tropical plants, flowers and palm trees greet you as you drive through the entry gates of the exquisite Hotel Wailea Maui--a   Relais & Chateaux property posed like a sumptuous hojin inn on a slope of [...]

1 04, 2019

Romancing the sea on the stunning Silver Muse

By |2019-03-31T21:03:10+00:00April 1st, 2019|Dining, Sea|0 Comments

Oh how we danced on the night we were wed An anniversary at sea to remember Patti  Pietschmann It doesn't get more romantic that this. Our gorgeous 760-square-foot suite turns into a fantasy of  flashing lights and music. A CD belts out  Kenny Rogers best love songs. A luscious chocolate cake awaits on a beautiful [...]

26 03, 2019

AmaWaterways creates an app for that

By |2019-03-26T18:59:43+00:00March 26th, 2019|Dining, River, Stuff|0 Comments

Keep all your cruise memories in one spot with this handy app What a great idea for folks who enjoy sharing their experiences with others.  AmaWaterways has come out with “myAmaCruise” mobile app that makes it possible to share and store photos and send email cards.  The app, which  is available at Google Play or [...]

24 03, 2019

A foodie’s guide to some of the best shipboard restaurants

By |2019-03-24T23:48:26+00:00March 24th, 2019|Dining, Sea|0 Comments

Cruises have become a food-lover's  delight Dessert at Qsine Shipboard food continues to improve as more lines hire big name chefs to main the galleys.  Ingredients are fresher and higher quality. Preparations are more creative and painstakingly presented. Especially in alternative dining venues. No longer does size matter. Portions  are  little smaller but [...]

20 03, 2019

Holland America toying with charging extra for a second entree

By |2019-03-21T20:37:53+00:00March 20th, 2019|Dining, Sea|1 Comment

Entree fees for second helpings By Patti Pietschmann This news may not sit well with some seafarers.  According to a spokeswoman for Holland America the line may charge extra if you order a second entree.  "Holland America is running two trials in the Dining Room. One option is to charge $10 to order a second [...]

19 03, 2019

A Hawaii honeymoon planner from Pavlus

By |2019-03-21T20:39:17+00:00March 19th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster What makes Hawaii one of the top honeymoon destinations? Well for starters, the archipelago is just about the most romantic on the planet. It's where rainbows appear on almost on cue and scents of heady  plumaria fill the air.  It's where balmy breezes blow, verdant mountains flank  the blue Pacific [...]

17 03, 2019

Experience the thrill of sailing with Windstar Cruises

By |2019-03-18T19:40:47+00:00March 17th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Photo by Richard Pietschmann of Windstar in Tahiti One of the most breathtaking moments on a Windstar cruise  is when the captain does a ‘sail around’ while passengers are off  to shore. This was especially awesome in Bora Bora where we watched  the Wind Star sail by in [...]

15 03, 2019

It’s easy to fall in love with St. Barths

By |2019-03-22T22:32:26+00:00March 15th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

A little island paradise in the sun for lovers By Patti Pietschann Pavlus BlogMaster Ooh la la do I love St. Barths. The little, sun soaked French West Indies island is so chic and inviting. Talk about joie de vivre. The streets are always alive with the sounds of scooters  and  people having fun.  Talk [...]

15 03, 2019

An unconventional seafarer’s guide to cruise control

By |2019-03-18T16:39:35+00:00March 15th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Taking control of your cruise By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Head-spinning activities on QM2 Just because there’s a list of activities on your ship doesn’t mean you have to do them. Just because the cruise line sells shore excursions doesn’t mean you can’t go off on your own. If you want to plop [...]

12 03, 2019

It’s always a foodie fest at Maui’s Haliimaile General Store

By |2019-03-12T18:18:13+00:00March 12th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster with photos by Richard Pietschmann   Best restaurant in Maui No trip to Maui is complete without a visit to celebrity Chef Beverly Gannon’s Haliimaile General Store. The charming up country eatery dishes out some of the best food in the islands. And yes, it was once really [...]