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About Patti Pietschmann

Patti Pietschmann is a globetrotting free-lance writer and award-winning journalist specializing in luxury travel, cruises, spas and beauty. She and her husband and fellow journalist, Richard, developed a passion for cruising at a young age and have since made 400 voyages and counting. Her articles have appeared world wide and on the Internet, airline magazines, bridal publications, Departures, Diversion, Harpers Bazaar, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco magazines; Cosmopolitan, major newspapers (she was Teen Editor of Newsday New York), Cruisecritic.com, Cruiseable.com, Examiner.com and guide book: ACCESS Cruise, ACCESS LA and more. Patti and Richard live high above Hollywood when they aren’t at their part time condo in Kihei, Maui or on a ship.
23 10, 2020

It’s full steam ahead for Alaska 2021 on Holland America

By |2020-10-23T16:28:16+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

HAL sending ix ships to Last Frontier By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Breathtakingly beautiful and feral Good news for everyone who lost out on cruising Alaska in 2020. The game is on for 2021. Holland America plans on spending a full  season sailing this Pacific Northwest treasure. The line is sending  six premium [...]

21 10, 2020

Enter the UnCruise Adventures sweepstakes for a chance to win a five-night cruise for two

By |2020-10-21T18:31:08+00:00October 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Contest open to consumers and travel agents By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Galápagos_La Pinta Boutique yachts and small boat adventure brand, UnCruise Adventures is sponsoring a sweepstakes now through Dec. 15 that  aims to appreciate  travel advisors and boost awareness shorter cruises. The contest coincides with the company’s 25th anniversary offers a grand [...]

19 10, 2020

AmaWaterways announces awesome deals and solo cruiser incentives

By |2020-10-16T16:41:44+00:00October 19th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

River cruises just got friendlier for singles and more By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Prefer traveling alone but hate to pay that single supplement? Who doesn’t. Well  leading river cruise line AmaWaterways has new Solo Traveler offers. What’s more they are extending other specials through 2022. To take advantage of the deals you must book before December 31, [...]

16 10, 2020

AIDA Cruises resumes operations after virus-caused pause tomorrow

By |2020-10-16T17:13:47+00:00October 16th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Second Carnival Corp. brand to reboot operations By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva AIDA Cruises AIDAblu  is off and sailing again. She'll make her first re-entry Saturday, Oct. 17 on seven day voyages from Civitavecchia, Italy.  The ship will stop in Palermo, Sicily, Naples and La Spezia. The line is the second Carnival Corp. brand to [...]

15 10, 2020

Seabourn offering deep discounts on 2021-22 luxury cruises

By |2020-10-15T16:40:20+00:00October 15th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Exciting world-wide itineraries come with big perks By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Just had to share an email from Seabourn bearing good news.  One of my favorite luxury lines is banking on the return of cruises. And its offering a BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE TODAY  deal. They are also offering  additional 10% off*, 50% reduced deposits and  [...]

14 10, 2020

What we all need now is a peaceful trip to magical Mendocino

By |2020-10-14T21:11:13+00:00October 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Land Tours, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

Whales, car safaris, spas, restaurants, wineries, parks and coastline await By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Most Americans are hitting the local roads this fall. They're seeking safe havens in which to de-stress. RV rentals are soaring.  And families are piling into them en-route to  much-needed vacations. We've come to grips with the ban on foreign [...]

11 10, 2020

Princess Cruises to spend entire summer season on the west coast

By |2020-10-11T16:50:06+00:00October 11th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

rown Princess to sail from Los Angeles to  Mexico and Alaska in 2021 By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Photo of Crown Princess by Richard Pietschmann Back in the day, my husband Richard and I sailed regularly on  Princess Cruises from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. How convenient to  drive to the port, [...]

8 10, 2020

Silversea scores Seatrade Sustainability award for Galapagos preservation initiatives

By |2020-10-07T22:03:03+00:00October 8th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury line lauded for environmental efforts By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Luxury ship operator Silversea took home the trophy for Sustainability at the 2020 Seatrade confab yesterday.  The prize recognizes participation in social and environmental practices. Another award was given in recognition for its pioneering Silversea Fund for the Galapagos.  The fund is one of [...]

6 10, 2020

Princess welcomes new stylized ship slated for December debut

By |2020-10-06T18:57:03+00:00October 6th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Enchanted Princess expected to start sailing Caribbean By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Princess Cruises newest fleet member is ready to roll.  The  3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess exchanged hands between Fincantieri shipyard and the company last week. Unlike the normally lavish ceremonies,  this one streamed live with no guests in person. If you’re keeping track, the Enchanted [...]

5 10, 2020

NCL cancels cruises across the board including Regent Seven Seas and Oceania

By |2020-10-06T20:20:27+00:00October 5th, 2020|Blog Homepage|0 Comments

Holding company cites 'global  climate' for suspension of sailings By Patti Pietschmann Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas  NCL  announces  cancellation of all cruises through the end of November 2020. This includes its entire holdings from the Norwegian brand to upscale Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. The cruise line posted, "Your safety is our [...]