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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.

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25 05, 2020

Shipyard overcomes Coronavirus-obstacles builds one of the most beautiful expedition ships ever: Silversea’s Origin

By |2020-05-22T16:54:36+00:00May 25th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Even a global lock down didn't stop Origin's progress By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva When Silversea hired Dutch shipyard De Hoop to build a new ship, they had no idea about the challenges ahead. A global pandemic hit right in the midst of construction. But through determination and perseverance came one of the [...]

23 05, 2020

Bodacious Belmond reversing the coronavirus ‘pause’ button plans global reopenings

By |2020-05-23T21:42:44+00:00May 23rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

The storied Splendido returns to service in June By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Staying at the Splendido in Portofino, Italy is a little slice of heaven. Belmond Splendido The staff makes you feel like royalty. The food is fantastic.  And it’s right in the heart of a storybook part of the country [...]

21 05, 2020

Regent Seven Seas president/CEO Jason Montague paints positive post coronavirus picture with new video

By |2020-05-21T17:19:19+00:00May 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

While sailing pause continues company faces strong future with financial backing and promotions By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Things are looking up for tony Regent Seven Seas according to the luxury line's president and CEO Jason Montage.  Please watch the video we put on this post. Montague release the video today on Twitter. He talks [...]

20 05, 2020

Hawaii Gov. extends 14-day visitor quarantine to combat Covid19 spread

By |2020-05-20T18:16:46+00:00May 20th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Restaurants|0 Comments

Aloha spirit at its low as Islands suffer low tourism and visitor frustration Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Governor extends visitor quarantine to end of June Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, heady scents of plumeria and vibrant rainbows normally welcome visitors  Hawaii's archipelago paradise. But anyone going to Hawaii between now and June [...]

19 05, 2020

Crystal Cruises looks to a post-coronavirus future with enticing 2021 river cruises

By |2020-05-19T16:29:01+00:00May 19th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Land Tours, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

 Itineraries detailed in picturesque River Cruise Atlas by Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Luxury cruise operator Crystal Cruises is looking beyond coronavirus. The luxury ship operator is offering more than 145 enticing experiences on  its riverboats. Rolling on the rivers The curated chorus of voyages are available on Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel. Trips [...]

14 05, 2020

Delta retires entire 777 fleet cites COVID19 as cause

By |2020-05-14T17:42:21+00:00May 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage|0 Comments

Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It's a sad day in aviation especially for those of us frequent flyers who love the comfort and grace of the Boeing 777. Delta is retiring  its entire 18 fleet of wide body jets by the end of the year.  “We’re making strategic, cost-effective [...]

13 05, 2020

Orlando Ashford second exec to depart Carnival Corp this week

By |2020-05-13T17:41:14+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Holland America president steps down on heels of Seabourn exec retirement By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   On the heels of hearing that Richard (Rick) Meadows was retiring from Carnival Corp's Seabourn, Orlando Ashford announces his departure from Holland America. The departure of two talented executives most likely was mitigated by the coronavirus's effect on [...]

13 05, 2020

Veteran Carnival Corp. exec and Seabourn president Rick Meadows retires

By |2020-05-13T17:15:03+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Stuff|0 Comments

 Meadows made big impact on cruise industry By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Richard (Rick) Meadows is retiring from Carnival Corporation  where he wore many hats for 35 years. He tips his most recent hat   as president of the luxury brand, Seabourn, at the end of May. (Carnival is pausing global operations until late November). One [...]

13 05, 2020

How cruise lines are keeping passengers plugged in during coronavirus-pause

By |2020-05-13T20:36:15+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Clever videos and podcasts to keep cruising on our minds and more By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Pilates at Crustal@home Wellness Wednesday Updated May 13. Crystal@home Wednesday Wellness video. "Perk up with Natalie Ross." It's great for core toning and releasing stress. Cruise lines are reminding us of the many joys of  cruising [...]

12 05, 2020

AmaWaterways reports river cruises bookings up for 2022

By |2020-05-11T22:50:16+00:00May 12th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Demand indicates people are feeling more positive about cruising By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Good news.  People are really ready to sail again.  And they're picking  river cruises. Or so says AmaWaterways.   The river boat operator is experiencing high demand for 2021. Consequently it is now open for bookings,some  six months ahead of previous season [...]