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25 06, 2019

Silversea Silver Cloud Crew Member Profile Post 6

By |2019-06-25T22:09:23+00:00June 25th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Wes Weiner It’s time for a behind the scenes Silversea Silver Cloud crew member profile Let’s meet the Silver Cloud Expedition’s Desk Top Publisher (DTP) Fely. Born in Manila, in the Philippines,  Fely has four wonderful children; ranging in age from 24./Kai, Marc/23, Brian/21, and her youngest at 17, Angelo. Her sister takes wonderful [...]

24 06, 2019

Silversea Cloud Expedition Svalbard Norway Post 5

By |2019-06-25T22:14:26+00:00June 24th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Good Morning from the Artic Ocean as we cruise to the Svalbard region of Norway. We will land in Burgerbutka and Gnalodden areas of Svalbard starting early tomorrow morning. We begin our Zodiac landings in this icy region at 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Burgerbutka. In the afternoon we move to Gnalodden. Today, the [...]

24 06, 2019

Silversea Cloud Expedition Jan Mayen Island Post 4

By |2019-06-25T22:18:28+00:00June 24th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Wes Weiner Jan Mayen Island-- Meterological Station Commander briefed all Silversea Cloud Expedition cruisers this morning before our five hour stop at this Volcanic rock--a black and grey sand island marked with hilly terrain. Except for the near 15,000 foxes, there are no animals found on this island. Its  last volcanic eruption was in [...]

24 06, 2019

Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition Arctic Post 3

By |2019-06-25T22:22:10+00:00June 24th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Wes Weiner Thanks tons to Dear Wife Ida for awarding me yet another kitchen pass to travel to the Arctic (Iceland & Norway) , to hopefully view the elusive “Polar Bear--The King of the Arctic.” Board the Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition ship on Tuesday in Reykjavik, Iceland and will head out on a 14 [...]

24 06, 2019

Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition La Dame Experience Post 2

By |2019-06-24T23:22:14+00:00June 24th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Wes Weiner Tonight will share my only cuisine post during this Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition voyage. Enjoyed one of the best French dinners in Le Dane on board any SS ship tonight on the Silver Cloud Expedition ship. Cuisine served exceptionally well by Norway who hails from the Philippines. Impeccable wine service by Igor [...]

24 06, 2019

Silversea Silver Cloud Arctic Expedition Post 1

By |2019-06-25T23:58:37+00:00June 24th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

.   By Wes Weiner Good afternoon all from the Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition. Join me as we sail to our next Arctic Island, Jan Mayen. Our seas our calm, the weather is foggy and overcast. Here are some first photos. I am enjoying the ongoing  Expedition ship learning process.  Instead of slow and smooth [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]