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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.
21 01, 2021

Bidding a fond adieu to the Love Boat

By |2021-01-21T20:58:17+00:00January 21st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Pacific Princess sold to undisclosed buyer By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It’s sad to hear that Pacific Princess is leaving the fleet. Yours truly (and her first mate) have fond memories of the ship. In fact we were on the inaugural in 2002. The vessel was bought by an undisclosed buyer and is part of [...]

21 01, 2021

What we miss most about cruising and hopefully will get to do again soon

By |2021-01-21T18:29:36+00:00January 21st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Longing to get 'back on the boat' By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva While we are all cooking more and eating out less I tend to dream about all those wonderful meals on cruises past.  Some luxuriously brought to our suite or stateroom. And others savored in elegant shipboard restaurants.  I miss happy hours at the [...]

17 01, 2021

A brief history of the ever-changing cruise industry

By |2021-01-19T00:17:18+00:00January 17th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships|13 Comments

Oh how cruise industry has changed since the 1990’s By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva This is a reprint of an article I wrote for the Chicago Tribune in 1992.  It's about a savvy seafarer (moi) who goes in search of utopian cruise ships.  In this update I trace and intersperse the 90s with today's scene. Silversea  [...]

14 01, 2021

Stunning Silversea Silver Dawn does float out in Italy

By |2021-01-14T19:11:25+00:00January 14th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The Muse Class ship slated to debut November 2021 By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It was a momentous occasion for luxury ship operator Silversea Cruises. The line’s 10th , and most anticipated new build, Silver Dawn is ready for her close up after completing her float out at Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona Italy.  The Dawn [...]

9 01, 2021

The butler did it with an unforgettable anniversary the Silver Muse

By |2021-01-09T21:16:57+00:00January 9th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ports, Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|3 Comments

A little cruise ship nostalgia of a celebration at sea By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva In a scene straight out of Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous, our  Silver Muse Silver Suite  became an eye-popping wonderland of  strobe lights,  red roses and candles with romantic  background music. Two graceful swans, made out of towels sat [...]

6 01, 2021

Honolulu Cookie Company welcomes Year of the Ox with sweet treats

By |2021-01-06T22:51:45+00:00January 6th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Stuff|1 Comment

Perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Valentine's Day gift ideas And now for a sweet spin on the New Year.  The Honolulu Cookie Company is launching its limited edition 2021 Year of the Ox Gift box of yummy cookies.  Nothing like [...]

5 01, 2021

Travel Corporation’s CEO shares his top wanderlusts for 2021

By |2021-01-05T19:15:24+00:00January 5th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Brett Tollman talks travel says it's time to gad about again By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Brett Tollman, CEO of the Travel Corporation (0wners of Trafalgar Tours among others) is  looking forward to getting back in travel saddle" It’s been  a year to forget in so many ways. But it's now time to start turning [...]

3 01, 2021

How to prepare yourself for the new norms of travelling in 2021 and beyond

By |2021-01-03T20:24:10+00:00January 3rd, 2021|Blog Homepage, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff|2 Comments

Tips on how to reboot and rejuvenate your mind set after a stressful year By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva First of all we want to wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2021. Secondly we want to offer advice on how reset your mind and body after the long travel hiatus. Let’s start with [...]

1 01, 2021

Crystal’s ‘Crystal Clean+Protocols’ portends future of cruise industry

By |2021-01-01T19:52:28+00:00January 1st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise lines face changing times afloat By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva There are  some challenging times ahead for cruise lines as passengers face  distinct differences.  Passengers will need to adjust to new safety rules most companies are implementing. Leading the way is Crystal Cruises.   The luxury line is setting the scenario with its  Crystal Clean+ [...]