21 03, 2019

Breaking news: Crystal Symphony to make last Alaska call in 2019

By |2019-03-21T17:29:44+00:00March 21st, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise operator to replace luxury liner with expedition ship By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Out of Alaska A misleading promotional email arrived a few days ago with the subject line: “Don’t miss Crystal’s last year in Alaska.” It was a surprising to say the least.  Scrolling down the message it said, “ LAST CALL! Crystal [...]

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

14 03, 2019

Pavlus is ready to book your Silversea Expedition World Cruise

By |2019-03-14T19:20:35+00:00March 14th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury expedition ship Silver Cloud Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Don't miss the boat.  Silversea, the paradigm of luxury cruising,  is accepting bookings for its  Expedition World Cruise on its jaunty Silver Cloud. And Pavlus is ready to book you. The  global odyssey departs  Ushuaia, Argentina, on January 30, 2021. The dazzling itinerary provides  immersive travel [...]

13 03, 2019

Seasickness happens but you can avoid it

By |2019-03-13T20:36:28+00:00March 13th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Seasickness, also called mal de mer, isn't pleasant. But it happens. Like a witty former Princess Cruises' captain, John Young, once told his passengers after a rocky night at sea, "A ship as 'her' or 'she.' And like a woman a ship's bosom often heave." This almost always got a [...]

13 03, 2019

Cruise news: Holland America cuts steel for new Pinnacle Class ship

By |2019-03-13T19:25:12+00:00March 13th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Behemoth vessel marks 17th in the series Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster New ship builds get a lot of hoopla. And today Holland America’s next Pinnacle Class, 2,662-passenger behemoth was on the receiving end. The company celebrated  the milestone cutting of the steel for its main section at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. The yet unnamed [...]

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 [...]

12 03, 2019

Hawaiian Airlines lie-flat seats make flying First Class worth the fare

By |2019-03-12T16:29:44+00:00March 12th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster with photos below by Richard Pietschmann “E komo mai, welcome aboard” reads the First Class dinner menu on  our Hawaiian Airlines’ flight from Maui to  Los Angeles. It's  just one of the many touches that make the carrier cuts above  some of the rest. We were winging our way home from [...]

11 03, 2019

A quick escape to Loew’s Santa Monica Beach Hotel

By |2019-03-12T16:33:17+00:00March 11th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster with photos by Richard Pietschmann Although we live in Los Angeles, sometimes we just need a fast break.  A quick getaway that feels far from home, but is just a few miles away. So a couple of summers ago we booked a room at Loew’s Santa Monica Beach Hotel—a short, [...]

9 03, 2019

It’s always happy hour at Martin’s Cheers-like bar on Seabourn Quest

By |2019-03-12T16:35:44+00:00March 9th, 2019|Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Seabourn Quest courtesy of Seabourn Cruises  Isn't she lovely Part 2 of Amazon Cruise memories By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus Blog Master/writer with photo by Richard Pietschmann Say Cheers Bellying up to the bar was a preprandial pleasure for a coterie of passengers on our  Seabourn Quest  15-day Caribbean/Amazon cruise from Fort Lauderdale to [...]

9 03, 2019

Cruising Alaska on the jaunty Regent Seven Seas Mariner (part 1)

By |2019-03-15T21:35:09+00:00March 9th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann with photos by Richard Pietschmann     If an Alaska cruise is in your bucket list, now is the time to book it.  While The Last Frontier was once a final resort for veteran seafarers, more millennials are hopping on board.  Much of the allure for the younger folk are the availability [...]

8 03, 2019

Crystal Expedition Cruises unveils ‘far-reaching’ voyages for 2021

By |2019-03-12T19:41:04+00:00March 8th, 2019|Dining, River, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus Blog Master/writer The much anticipated launch of Crystal Endeavor is still  two years off but the luxury cruise line has opened it for bookings. And Pavlus Travel is ready to get you on board. The German-built, 20,000-GRT ship is hardly your usual explorer craft.  The 200-passenger all-suite ship is  luxurious, elegantly [...]

8 03, 2019

When in Los Angeles dine on the finest Italian cuisine this side of Italy at Il Piccolino

By |2019-03-12T19:45:11+00:00March 8th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann, photos by Richard Pietschmmann Celebrities, rock stars and movie moguls meet for dinners at Il Piccolino. They go not to be seen but to enjoy leisurely, relaxed meals.  We're talking  some of the best Italian food this side of the old country. But the show biz clientele goes there for privacy, I [...]

7 03, 2019

Oceania Cruises creates mouth-watering Dom Perignon dinner at Jacques

By |2019-03-10T21:51:51+00:00March 7th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

  by Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Thanks to its foodie founder/CEO Frank Del Rio (affectionately called FDR), Oceania Cruises cares about cuisine. I mean big time. FDR won’t have it any other way. He told us once during a press event, that food presentation, quality and presentation were the most important ingredients to operating his [...]

4 03, 2019

A transatlantic cruise to remember on the Cunard Queen Mary 2

By |2019-03-19T17:45:49+00:00March 4th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann It was October a couple of years ago that  Richard and I were sailing across the sea on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 from New York to England.  There would be no land in sight for seven days.  Veteran seafarers that we are, we were ready for it, yet a little anxious.  But [...]

4 03, 2019

New to cruising? Read our Q&A for newbie seafarers

By |2019-03-05T00:56:43+00:00March 4th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise Tips. A Q&A for first time cruisers By Patti Pietschmann with photo by Richard Pietschmann While cruising has gained tremendous popularity over the years, there are still many people who are on the fence on whether to cruise or not to cruise.  My answer of course, is go for it. There is nothing like [...]

15 03, 2019

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

By |2019-03-18T18:30:46+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 [...]

13 03, 2019

Ten items travelers are likely to forget to pack

By |2019-03-18T18:26:28+00:00March 13th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Don't let it happen to you By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Oops, did you forget something?  Perhaps on your last vacation you realized that  you left  important items or favorite cosmetics at home. Well even seasoned travelers find themselves in this predicament. Sometimes something as simple  as underwear gets left behind. A fellow globe trotting [...]

9 03, 2019

Hawaii’s heavenly Halekulani Hotel is the place to stay in Waikiki

By |2019-03-12T19:32:19+00:00March 9th, 2019|Dining, Land, Stuff|1 Comment

By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/writer and photos by Richard Pietschmann The Halekulani: “house befitting heaven” One of the most sumptuously soothing hotels in Hawaii is the Halekulani in Oahu. Nestled steps from the Pacific Ocean just outside bustling Waikiki, the lavish property oozes with an Aloha spirit. Guest are treated like family and greeted with [...]

8 03, 2019

Amazing moments happen during an Amazon cruise on the stylish Seabourn Quest

By |2019-03-10T20:23:16+00:00March 8th, 2019|River, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietchmann with photos by Richard Pietschmann Cruising the mighty Amazon on the oh so stylish Seabourn Quest was one of the highlights of my travel writing career.  It was my husband Richard's  idea (that's him in the photo). That's me on the balcony watching the muddy river). Richard had been to the area [...]

8 03, 2019

First-time Cruise Tips from Pavlus Travel

By |2019-03-08T15:38:33+00:00March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Going on your first cruise is an exciting time. There’s so much to look forward to: making new acquaintances and gaining new friends, fun activities you can do with your traveling companions, and luxurious vacations to different destinations. The best part is finally getting that much-needed R&R! Pavlus Travel offers discount cruises for trips around the [...]

8 03, 2019

Seabourn Cruises Provide Luxury on Small Ships

By |2019-03-08T15:37:13+00:00March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ocean cruises are the vacation ideal for many people. The average ocean cruise is on board an enormous boat that holds thousands of vacationers. Amenities are enjoyable, but not high end. For the more discriminating cruise ship passenger, there are [Seabourn Cruises], which are on smaller boats that accommodate between 200 and 600 passengers, and [...]