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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.
20 11, 2019

Flying high with fine champagne and superb service on Air France

By |2019-11-12T18:37:04+00:00November 20th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Stuff|0 Comments

Reminiscing about a fabulous first class flight on Air France By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva For the jet-setter who appreciates comfort and style…. We were returning from a Seabourn cruise in the Med a few years ago on Air France. It was our first flight on French carrier in awhile. And it was all good. [...]

18 11, 2019

Spotlight on Richard Meadow president of Seabourn Cruises

By |2019-11-12T00:47:15+00:00November 18th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Part 2 of our series on movers and shakers in the cruise industry By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Rick Meadows at Seabourn Ovation launch courtesy Seabourn Richard (Rick) Meadows, president of Seabourn is one of the nicest people in the cruise industry I am privilege to know. Even with his hectic schedule he [...]

14 11, 2019

Trafalgar tours and riverboat cruises offering big Black Friday specials

By |2019-11-14T20:33:26+00:00November 14th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

The busiest online shopping days of the year are around the corner By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   There are lots of deals to be had on tours, riverboat cruises and other travel options and Pavlus agents can steer you in the right direction. In the meantime here's a sneak peek of some of the [...]

13 11, 2019

A fashionista’s tips on how to pack for a cruise

By |2019-11-14T20:51:00+00:00November 13th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

You can pack light and still look like a fashion plate By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Okay I’ll admit it.  I used to be one of those women who never wore the same outfit twice on a cruise.  My wardrobe would fill a steamer trunk. But that all changed with airline luggage limits and a [...]

11 11, 2019

16 different culinary classes coming with debut of Seven Seas Splendor

By |2019-11-10T19:15:03+00:00November 11th, 2019|Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Classes focus on cuisines of ship's destinations By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The ultra-stylish  Seven Seas Splendor  debuts in February with a sea of on board activities.  One, bound to delight foodies and people who enjoy cooking, is the Culinary Arts program. Caribbean and Mediterranean delights The curriculum concentrates on recipes from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean--where [...]

10 11, 2019

Lefebvre family book tells all about Silversea Cruises

By |2019-11-10T20:06:20+00:00November 10th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Book chronicles 25 years of the  innovative luxury line By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Silver Muse If you’re a Silversea repeat passenger you might enjoy reading  Sailing through History: A Family Dynasty.  The book chronicles the cruise line’s heritage through the eyes of its founding Lefebvre family. It is available on all  Silversea’s [...]

7 11, 2019

Tauck River Cruises introduces the stunning ms Andorinha Riverboat due out next year.

By |2019-11-12T17:51:45+00:00November 7th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

The Douro Riverboat embraces the essence the region By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva A full-fledged sybarite the first thing that caught my eye when I saw photos of  Tauck's new Andorinha riverboat was the sparkling pool and deck. Wowie. Take a look. Photos of Andorinha deck and pool courtesy of Tauck According to [...]

7 11, 2019

New rewards rolling out for AmaWaterways river cruises

By |2019-11-05T18:42:14+00:00November 7th, 2019|Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Luxury river cruise operator offering enticing incentives to book now By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If you’re thinking about taking a AmaWaterways river cruise in 2021 the luxury river cruise line is offering some enticing itineraries and rewards for early bookings. (Just contact a Pavlus Travel specialist).  You can also look forward to  new pre- [...]

6 11, 2019

Silversea steps up the plate to help preserve the Galapagos and the planet

By |2019-11-06T17:18:51+00:00November 6th, 2019|Destinations, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury cruise operator opens fund for Galapagos preservation By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva  As most of us know the planet is in dire straits unless we take action. And that's exactly what Silversea Cruises is doing. The luxury and expedition ship operator has set out to save at least a part of it--the precious Galapagos. [...]

5 11, 2019

Skate, shop and stay in the City by the Bay

By |2019-10-28T22:57:28+00:00November 5th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

 Pair of San Francisco hotels gift-wrap packages for holiday visitors By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tis the time to start thinking about your holiday travel plans. Stores are already streaming Christmas music and putting up decorations. And San Francisco hotels are creating fun packages for your holiday happiness. The Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc [...]

4 11, 2019

Five Trafalgar Tours tips to ramp up multi-generational trips

By |2019-11-02T19:07:01+00:00November 4th, 2019|Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Traveling with moms, dads , grandparents and the kids is all the rage From an original Tralfalgar post edited by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva (photos from Trafalgar website) The Trafalgar Tours website is filled with so many informative articles.  One I recently read was about multi generational travel, or travelling with family members of all [...]

2 11, 2019

10 joys of cruises that won’t cost you a dime

By |2019-11-02T19:41:41+00:00November 2nd, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The best things on a cruise are free By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Depending on whether you go luxury (like on Regent Seven Seas Splendor pictured above), premium or mainstream, a cruise could set you back a pretty penny. Of course all-inclusive fares will cover things such as tips, drinks, WiFi and on Regent Seven [...]

1 11, 2019

Regent Seven Seas creates the poshest, most expensive suites afloat

By |2019-11-01T17:04:34+00:00November 1st, 2019|Ships|0 Comments

Regent Suite conveys ultimate comfort for the very wealthy Bu Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Imagine sailing in an opulent suite that spans 4,443 square-feet filled with extravagant everything.  The pricey Regent spread debuts in February on  Regent Seven Seas Splendor--the newest vessel of the uber luxury line. The 'halo' effect If you are unfamiliar with [...]

1 11, 2019

Costsaver offering irresistible 13-day tour of France

By |2019-10-29T18:25:29+00:00November 1st, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours|0 Comments

Visit historic sites, vineyards and gay Paree By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Imagine spending just 13-days touring France for a little over $150 a day. Having driven through France many times I can tell you it's a special adventure. I loved waking up to flaky croissants and sipping rich French coffee in the morning.  Then after [...]

27 10, 2019

Get your Viking on in 2021 exploring Scandinavia and more

By |2019-11-14T19:55:00+00:00October 27th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Follow the courses of the early Vikings By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva “Vikings were Scandinavians.  From the late 8th to late 11th centuries they raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across Europe,and westwards to Iceland, Greenland, and Finland.” Contemporary Vikings Currently Viking is a premium cruise line with six ships. But come  2021  [...]

23 10, 2019

Princess Cruises announces ‘no age barred’ for Loyalty program

By |2019-10-23T18:04:06+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise line letting kids accrue  loyalty points for perks By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Princess Cruises is recognizing its most-traveled kids. One of whom is nine-year-old, Los Angeles-native Wyatt Wilkinson with  with 46 cruises under his young nautical belt.  The other is 15-year-old Alexis Lavoie,a Canadian resident from north Montreal, with 538 sea days. sea. [...]

21 10, 2019

Silversea creates dream escapes with 197 new cruise itineraries

By |2019-10-21T17:03:37+00:00October 21st, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

 Luxury fleet explores Antarctica,  Australia, Iceland, the Med and more By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Muse and moon Celestial Silversea Silver Moon photo by Richard Pietschmann Every Silversea feels like a dream voyage. Ships  are all suites with balconies.  Butlers pamper you silly. The food is heavenly. All wines, spirits, champagne, sodas etc. [...]

19 10, 2019

Join ‘The Party’ on Belmond’s Venice Simplon-Orient Express

By |2019-10-19T19:08:47+00:00October 19th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Iconic train roars into the 1920s By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Looking for something off ‘the beaten track”? How about a ride on Belmond’s iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. A subsidiary of the world's leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton,  the 40-year-old Belmond ranks as a  pioneer of luxury travel. And now the company is offering [...]

18 10, 2019

Looking for life-changing experiences try forest bathing in magical Mendocino

By |2019-10-18T16:40:25+00:00October 18th, 2019|Destinations, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Communing with nature in a Zen-like way By Patti Pietschmann In Japan Shinrin-Yoku refers to a preventative-medicine healthcare ritual. Here we call it forest bathing and it's fast becoming a buzz word among people seeking solace from trying times. I decided take a departure from tours and cruises and focus on outside the box experiences.  [...]

16 10, 2019

Regent including free First Class on eight Explorer Caribbean Cruises

By |2019-10-16T16:17:45+00:00October 16th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Going top cabin all the way on RSSC By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Barbados Photo of morning in Granada by Richard Pietschmann First Regent Seven Seas announced it was providing First Class air for 2020 Alaska cruises. And now the super luxury line is offering the same bonus for eight Caribbean [...]