25 05, 2019

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

By |2019-05-25T18:12:35+00:00May 25th, 2019|Dining, Stuff|2 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 |2019-03-12T19:41:04+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 |2019-03-29T22:20:49+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 [...]

3 05, 2019

Viking Cruises expands Egypt extensions for 2020 on new Osiris

By |2019-05-03T22:28:25+00:00May 3rd, 2019|River, Stuff|0 Comments

Explore Egypt in style with a Viking voyage See the pyramids along the Nile Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle…” If Egypt is on your bucket list, now’s a good 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 [...]

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 [...]