24 08, 2019

10 surefire tips to keep the weight off when traveling

By |2019-08-25T18:33:19+00:00August 24th, 2019|Dining, Sea|0 Comments

Broaden your mind, not your butt By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It's not easy walking past offerings such as this in Crystal Symphony's Bistro Do you worry about gaining weight when you cruise? Or when traveling in culinary kingdoms such as Italy or France. You’re not alone. And, you really can avoid adding [...]

23 08, 2019

Magical Silversea cruise experiences caught on camera

By |2019-08-22T23:19:05+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Dining, Land, Miles, Sea|2 Comments

Magical moments By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva My first mate Richard and I have taken more than a half dozen Silversea cruises in Caribbean, Med, French Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand waters.  Every voyage brings wonderful memories. Here are just a few caught by our cameras. Silversea restyled the way we cruise when it launched [...]

19 08, 2019

12 things you should know about river cruises

By |2019-08-23T21:12:40+00:00August 19th, 2019|Dining, Land, River|1 Comment

With words of wisdom from cruise industry doyenne Edie Rodriguez by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tauck in the Netherlands River cruises continue to be hot tickets. You can credit  companies such as Crystal, Viking, Tauck, AmaWaterways, Uniworld and others for glamorizing the experience. No longer your grandparents’ riverboats, most now come with butlers, [...]

15 08, 2019

12 steps to smoother sailing starting with day 1 of your cruise

By |2019-08-16T00:13:09+00:00August 15th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea|0 Comments

Take control of your cruise By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva First day in Queen Mary2 cabin time to prepare ahead 1--Cruise control. Whether you’re a first time cruiser or veteran clip and save the following tips. They can greatly enhance your experience from start to finish. And don’t think you know it all, [...]

14 08, 2019

Inveterate cruisers give river cruises a try on Crystal Mozart and love it

By |2019-08-14T18:00:43+00:00August 14th, 2019|Dining, Land, River, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

After 100+ ocean cruises first Danube cruise proves a charm  By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Keith and Anne Marie Steiner on Crystal Mozart  Keith Steiner started cruising with his family at the age of 12 on the now defunct Home Lines.  Since then, and after retiring from MCI he and his wife Anne [...]

12 08, 2019

Hawaiian Air announces new service from Maui to Vegas

By |2019-08-12T21:28:09+00:00August 12th, 2019|Land, Miles, Stuff|0 Comments

Airline to launch route using new narrow-body Airbus A321 Hawaiians love Sin City. I  even know a few who shuttle back and forth once a month on standby fares for a run at that elusive pot of gold. Most of the island to desert flights originate  and land in Honolulu. But now there's great news [...]

10 08, 2019

How to protect yourself from pickpockets and thieves when traveling

By |2019-08-10T20:59:05+00:00August 10th, 2019|Land, River, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

The thieves are out there By Patti Pietschmann Mask Criminal Male Stealing Thief Purse from Hapless Female Girl Character Isolated Icon Cartoon Design Template Vector Illustration Throw virtual safety net over yourself when traveling I just read a threat on Facebook from several people who were robbed while traveling. Some lost wallets, passports, [...]

9 08, 2019

Regent Seven Seas sets sales record for World Cruise

By |2019-08-09T18:16:46+00:00August 9th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

RSSC 120-night Pacific Rim odyssey a near sell out on first day of sales By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Balcony on Mariner photo by Richard Pietschmann Regent Seven Seas , one of the savviest cruise marketers in the industry was founded in 1992. In 2008  Frank J. Del Rio and Bob Binder, founders [...]

8 08, 2019

Breaking news: luxury cruise operator Ponant planning to buy Paul Gauguin

By |2019-08-08T18:57:26+00:00August 8th, 2019|Stuff|0 Comments

 Chic companies to operate independently Paul Gauguin plies paradise Stylish French cruise line Ponant just revealed plans to purchase Paul Gauguin Cruises. According to a Ponant press release, the two companies will continue to operate as separate entities. The marriage will allow for more diversity for passengers. Nautical bliss "It's with great pleasure [...]

7 08, 2019

Twelve things to take care of on Day 1 of your cruise

By |2019-08-08T17:20:43+00:00August 7th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Tasks to help get greater cruise control By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Photo by Richard Pietschmann of day one on Queen Mary2 Whether you’re a first time cruiser or veteran there are ways to foolproof your experience beginning with day one. And don’t think you know it all, you may forget to do [...]

6 08, 2019

New rules for Crystal Cruises priority check-in

By |2019-08-07T17:01:26+00:00August 6th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|1 Comment

Cruise line tightens Priority Check-in/Planning Center By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If you're planning to cruise on Crystal  Symphony or Serenity better read this.  The luxury-cruise and travel operator just release these new requirements for its priority check-in and planning center. New rules go into effect in October and November Starting with Crystal Serenity’s October [...]

5 08, 2019

Princess Cruises next ship reaches for the ‘Sky’ with celestial suites

By |2019-08-04T21:11:32+00:00August 5th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Sky suite enhance passenger pleasures with big balconies and amenities By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva New cruise ships are cropping up at jet speed. It’s hard to keep up, but we try. So  here you go with a few details about Princess Cruises Sky Princess. Which will rank as the biggest in the fleet at 145,700 [...]

2 08, 2019

Ooh la la Lalique partners with Silversea Cruises

By |2019-08-01T18:55:23+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

French firm creating crystal panels for Silver Shadow and Silver Moon By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Dining at Silversea Cruises La Dame feels like you've been transportedto France.  Heady garlic aromas permeate the room.  Champagne and copious glasses of wines take center stage on tables. A certain je ne sais quoi Every time we dine [...]

2 08, 2019

Passengers pick best afternoon tea at sea

By |2019-08-03T20:47:00+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|1 Comment

 Not surprising Cunard is queen of the tea service By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tea time on Cunard One of the highlights of a cruise is afternoon tea service. It is an elegant affair with a selection of yummy treats. A poll of members of one of a Facebook cruise page reveals a [...]

1 08, 2019

MSC Cruises gorgeous Grandiosa will knock your socks off

By |2019-07-30T17:38:50+00:00August 1st, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

The plus-size ship to join fleet in November 2019 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva MSC Cruises’ is preparing to launch its first Meraviglia-Plus ship, MSC Grandiosa, in Hamburg, Germany on November 9th.  Like the name implies it will be the grandest in the fleet. The ship will make her bow with the usual hoopla. A glamorous [...]

29 07, 2019

That’s entertainment! RSSC Splendor to feature five new shows

By |2019-07-30T17:43:57+00:00July 29th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Musical productions to take center stage and many genres One of the most anticipated ship launches happens Feb. 2020 when Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, Seven Seas Splendor takes the nautical stage. Not only will the new build dazzle with marble and richness, but she will feature five fantastic new shows [...]

29 07, 2019

Luxurious lounges enhance creature comforts on RSSC Splendor

By |2019-07-29T17:37:26+00:00July 29th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva In addition to five new production shows debuting with Regent Seven Seas Splendor in February 2020, the ship will host an equal number of entertainment lounges. Splendor Lounge This late night lounge is ideal for after dinner drinks and mingling. It offers a selection of signature cocktails accompanied by a [...]

25 07, 2019

They call the man Fernando friend to Silversea passengers for 25 years

By |2019-07-25T21:03:33+00:00July 25th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Silversea’s beloved Venetian Society Ambassador is everybody’s friend By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Photo  Melissa Cook with Fernando courtesy of Suzanne M. Childers Choozi Entertainment Fernando was in the lush lobby smiling and greeting passengers as they arrived on their first Silversea voyage 25 years ago. Charming and erudite his demeanor made you [...]

23 07, 2019

A little shipboard humor puns intended

By |2019-07-23T20:57:51+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva What really happens on a cruise doesn’t stay on a cruise   You’ve never been on a cruise but you’re thinking about taking the plunge. But even though you’ve been doing the research you’re still not sure what to expect. Well, let me tell you with tongue in cheek. Being [...]

21 07, 2019

Discover the world on a Silversea Grand Voyage

By |2019-07-21T22:12:14+00:00July 21st, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

 Live large on a Silversea Grand Voyage By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Fans of  Silversea have much to look forward to. The line is offering a stunning collection of Grand Voyages, Some of the cruises last 70-days. And a lot of them include overnight stays and exclusive events. All are designed to create memorable experiences. [...]

17 07, 2019

Windstar’s Wind Surf to undergo major facelift

By |2019-07-17T16:13:59+00:00July 17th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Nothing like a Windstar cruise By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva For a definitely different cruise experience nothing beats a voyage on a Windstar sailing ship. The little computerized-sailing ship fleet takes you to island paradises of your dreams. While I’ve been on entire fleet, my favorite is the the 310 passenger Wind Surf. Why? Because [...]

14 07, 2019

Viking continues to win praise from Travel+Leisure readers

By |2019-07-21T19:05:25+00:00July 14th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|1 Comment

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The line is also loved by just about every past passenger Viking Cruises is all the rage. Passengers rave about the ships. And Travel + Leisure continues to award it high marks. In fact this marks the fourth consecutive year that the popular magazine's readers gave Viking® a World’s Best [...]

11 07, 2019

Regent Seven Seas opens booking for fantastic 120-night World Cruise

By |2019-07-11T20:09:58+00:00July 11th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Amazing odyssey circumnavigates the Pacific Rim Regent Seven Seas'  acolytes have been anxiously awaiting to book the line’s 2022 World Cruise. And now they can. The super deluxe ship operator just opened reservations its Navigate the World-Elements of the Pacificvoyage. The odyssey begins on January 2022 in San Francisco on [...]

9 07, 2019

Silversea opens bookings for ground-breaking Silver Origin

By |2019-07-09T19:15:32+00:00July 9th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Gallivanting the Galapagos on a most exciting expedition ship Ahoy mates! It’s happening. Sales are opening on July 16 for Silversea’s Silver Origin-- one of the most amazing ships ever built to explore the Galapagos Islands. And a Pavlus Travel specialist is ready to get you onboard. The all-suite, 100-passenger [...]

7 07, 2019

Die-hard vegans can find happiness on Regent Seven Seas

By |2019-07-05T19:16:05+00:00July 7th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|2 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Vegans rejoice.  The chefs of the uptown, all-inclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruise line are dishing out 200 plant-based menus.  The delectably creative dishes, served at breakfast, lunch and dinner,  could easily convert carnivores. Every vegan voyage begins with breakfast That fresh sea air always jump starts my morning appetite. And [...]

5 07, 2019

Celebrity’s Flora a Galapagos game-changer

By |2019-07-08T20:20:18+00:00July 5th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Detail-oriented ship By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva A real game-changer The Celebrity Flora, which sets sail on June 30, 2019  raises the bar  on Galapagos cruises.   The amount of detail that went into planning each public space, each cabin, and each experience is unrivaled among cruise ship designs. The 5,800 ton, 100-passenger purpose built ship [...]

5 07, 2019

Silversea to launch incredibly luxurious Galapagos-specific ship

By |2019-07-06T21:36:09+00:00July 5th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

 Silver Origin debuts in 2020 with extraordinary features By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Silversea's Silver Origin is one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever built. The destination immersive expedition ship features uniquely immersive Ecuadorian-themed shore and on board experiences led by Silversea’s Expedition Team. Her stunning interior design displays luxury, inspired by Silversea's [...]

3 07, 2019

Mingle with Silversea execs on special cruise

By |2019-07-09T03:07:31+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Now here’s an opportunity to mingle with two key Silversea Cruises executives. Peter Shanks (pictured left below) and Mark Conroy will be on board a special sailing of the reimagined  Silver Shadow on December 10, 2019.   Mark Conroy is managing director of The Americas for Silversea, and Peter Shanks, [...]

2 07, 2019

Specially-designed submarines spice up Seabourn Expedition cruises

By |2019-07-04T23:14:46+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

We all live in a yellow submarine Yellow submarine, yellow submarine We all live in a yellow submarine Yellow submarine, yellow submarine By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Seabourn Venture rendering courtesy of Seabourn Cruises. Wow. You won’t believe what’s in store for passengers on Seabourn’s expedition ships. When the Seabourn Venture and her sister [...]

1 07, 2019

Why we love long cruises

By |2019-06-30T21:39:03+00:00July 1st, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|2 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Always book a suite on long cruises. On Silversea they all have butlers who really do cater to your every whim. My husband Richard and I have taken cruises of all lengths. Even over night ones (special for journalists). The most carefree and glorious were 28 days long [...]

27 06, 2019

RSSC Splendor to offer 65 tours during debut (many free)

By |2019-07-06T21:42:19+00:00June 27th, 2019|Dining, Land, Sea, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The eagerly-awaited debut of the knock-down gorgeous, 750-passenger Regent Seven Seas Cruises Splendor happens in less than a year. The ship is simply dazzling with tons of marble and elegant appointments. She also houses 14  astonishing suite categories. The cream of the crop is the lavish 4,443 square-foot Regent Suites.  Designed [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

31 05, 2019

Yes, There are great travel bargains for single travelers

By |2019-06-01T20:52:42+00:00May 31st, 2019|River, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Affordable fares  for single seafarers are just a click away So many people who prefer to go solo are concerned about paying those sometimes inflated single supplements. But there are some cruise lines that do make it more affordable to go it alone. Some of the best bargains for single seafarers can  found by clicking [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

1 05, 2019

Regent Seven Seas offering $500 spending money on select European cruises

By |2019-05-01T20:35:37+00:00May 1st, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Shipboard credit good on Seven Seas Explorer and Voyager By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/PostMist Arriving in Monte Carlo by ship $500 bonus can go a long way If you haven't yet experienced Regent Seven Seas this is good time to do it.  The luxury line is rewarding passengers with a $500 bonus per [...]

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 [...]

24 04, 2019

Silversea opens special bookings for Venetian Society members

By |2019-04-24T21:26:01+00:00April 24th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury line offering slew of enticing odysseys Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BligMaster/PostMistress If you have sailed enough with  Silversea’s to be a member of its elite Venetian Society you are  entitled to an exclusive pre-sale on 54 new winter 2020/2021 voyages. You have a choice of 26 highly-crafted, appealing winter itineraries on Silver Muse, Silver Whisper, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 04, 2019

14 most spectacular voyages on Regent Seven Seas

By |2019-04-05T21:48:12+00:00April 5th, 2019|Land, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

Sail out of Bora Bora Photo by Richard Pietschmann Experience wonders of the South Pacific and beyond By Patti Pietschmann  Pavlus BlogMaster  Fans of Regent Seven Seas will love the line's 14 voyage selection in  New Zealand, the South Pacific,  Asia and Australia.  And Pavlus is ready to book you.  Imagine exploring a new [...]

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 [...]

28 03, 2019

Regent ramps up passenger pleasures

By |2019-03-28T19:12:22+00:00March 28th, 2019|Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

All-inclusive just got more inclusive By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the uber upscale ship operator that offers truly all-inclusive fares is providing passengers even more for their money with three new perks. Guests on board the line’s little luxury liners already get free drinks, many shore excursions, WiFi and tip included. [...]

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 [...]

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|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 [...]

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 |2019-03-22T22:34:32+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 |2019-03-22T22:38:40+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 |2019-03-29T22:13:34+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.  Sure this destination was once a final resort reserved for an older clientele. But now millennials are hopping on board.  Much of the allure for the younger folk are [...]

8 03, 2019

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

By |2019-06-24T18:13:18+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 |2019-03-29T22:20:49+00:00March 4th, 2019|Dining, Sea, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann We sailed across the Atlantic on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 from New York to England with no land in sight for seven days.  Veteran seafarers that we are, we were ready for it, yet a little anxious.  No worries, really. Cunard Owns It There are lots of activities offered on this  beautifully [...]

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 [...]