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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.
1 08, 2021

Heavenly Hawaii hacks for honeymooners and other lovers

By |2021-08-02T17:39:23+00:00August 1st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Starting life together in Cupid's corner of the world The getaway car for a couple after a wedding at Mana Kai Maui photo by Richard Pietschmann By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva The magical, mystical Hawaiian Islands welcome lovers with balmy breezes, swaying palms andt is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the [...]

31 07, 2021

British Airways reopening luxury lounge at JFK

By |2021-07-31T21:34:27+00:00July 31st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Stuff|0 Comments

Posh waiting area offers posh passenger perks By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Now that the UK is open for business and British Airways is flying again, the English airline is reopening its lush lounge at JFK’. The handsome waiting area,  in Terminal 7, is accepting guests starting tomorrow, August 1, following a 16-month closure due [...]

30 07, 2021

British Airways U.S. bookings surge with easing of UK restrictions

By |2021-07-30T19:27:04+00:00July 30th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Stuff|0 Comments

Carrier adding thousands of more flights By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva British Airways says its US booking are booming now that the UK Government  is no longer requiring quarantining for fully vaccinated people. The airline saw an immediate 95% increase in ticketing. So it is adding thousands of extra seats  on key routes from US [...]

28 07, 2021

Silver Moon’s Piraeus christening

By |2021-07-28T20:47:42+00:00July 28th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Silversea's newest ship gets her name while marking lines cruise reboot  By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It was a Moon over Piraeus, Silversea's new ship that is. The stunning vessel took center stage in an official christening today. Attending the gala event were notables such as  Richard D. Fain, Royal Caribbean Group, chairman and CEO [...]

28 07, 2021

Miami just added as port of call/embarkation to Crystal Serenity Bahamas itinerary

By |2021-07-28T22:09:37+00:00July 28th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

The luxury cruise line to reboot pause with series of Bahamas Escapes By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Update to this story.  Crystal Cruises will be using  Miami as a port of call and embarkations for Crystal Serenity’s Luxury Bahamas Escapes* voyages.  The first cruise out of Miami is Monday, August 9. Sailing from Miami will [...]

26 07, 2021

After 500-day pause cruise lines are back in business

By |2021-07-27T19:15:56+00:00July 26th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

Let the good times roll By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Hip, hip, hooray! Ships are back in the water.  Several are now heading north to Alaska. Some are doing the Caribbean. Others are in Iceland and Greece. Among the latest re-entry after the 500-day coronavirus- pause is  NCL. And it's doing it with Norwegian Jade [...]

23 07, 2021

Only in LA BMW creates ‘SPACE’ gallery for gear heads and Marvel fans

By |2021-07-23T17:56:43+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Stuff|0 Comments

At the Grove, the perfect place for ultimate driving machine By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Luxury cars define Los Angeles.  Residents of this automobile-centric sprawling metropolis are often ranked by the make and model of their rides. Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, Teslas, Rolles and vintage cars fill the freeways and garages from Downton to Malibu and [...]

21 07, 2021

Stunning painted mermaid defines Virgin Voyages Valiant Lady

By |2021-07-21T19:16:42+00:00July 21st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Valiant Lady to debut in UK in spring 2022 by Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Virgin Voyages Voyages Valiant Lady has a gorgeous mermaid painted on her helm. It's a work of art by  Hillary Wilson who says "it represents the beautiful tension between strength and vulnerability. It's all about a woman  unafraid of her [...]

19 07, 2021

Crystal cancels Antigua itineraries will sail instead from Boston and New York to Bermuda

By |2021-07-18T23:37:21+00:00July 19th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Marks first time sailing from US since cruise pause By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Great news for New Yorkers and Bostonians! You won’t have to go far to hop on the chic Crystal Symphony if you feel like taking a cruise this summer.  The ship will be sailing out of both cities starting August and [...]

16 07, 2021

Princess enhancing entertainment and dining on Alaska cruises

By |2021-07-16T16:32:43+00:00July 16th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

It will be a  foodie fest at sea By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Passengers sailing to Alaska on Princess Cruises can expect a sort of foodie fest at sea with endless dining options. All   dining venues are open for anytime visits.  That's not all, you can even order food  for delivery anywhere on board. The [...]