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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.
19 01, 2020

Swanky Regent Seven Seas to hit the paradisaical Pacific Rim with a splash in 2022

By |2020-01-20T19:09:29+00:00January 19th, 2020|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Seven sylvan itineraries now open for booking By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Tahiti by Richard Pietschmann Memories of cruising around the paradisiacal Pacific Rim live vividly in my mind. Each extraordinary itinerary recalls  magical memories exploring  French Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  Doing those itineraries on a small luxury liner like Regent [...]

16 01, 2020

Dine like a rock star during DineLA Restaurant week

By |2020-01-16T17:19:30+00:00January 16th, 2020|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants|0 Comments

Restaurants drop prices while chefs strut their culinary stuff By Patti Pietschmann Travel & Dining Diva Sample dineLA dish (carpaccio) by Richard Pietschmann If you’re heading to Los Angeles  around January 17 to catch a ship, visit friends or relatives, or take a vacation, you hit the jackpot.  It's the start of the [...]

15 01, 2020

First photos reveal the stunning beauty of Tauck’s new ms Andorinha riverboat

By |2020-01-20T19:11:58+00:00January 15th, 2020|Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

Exclusive preview of the gorgeous vessel built to sail the Douro River By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Wow! Tauk’s new riverboat is a stunner. Says Tauk CEO, Dan Mahar, "The Andorinha is a truly beautiful vessel." said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, "She's  distinctly different from every other ship in our fleet, but instantly recognizable as [...]

13 01, 2020

Princess Cruises welcomes lovers with two romantic vow-renewal cruises

By |2020-01-20T19:13:15+00:00January 13th, 2020|Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Ceremonies inspired by Cupid By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva From Princess Cruises Facebook page What is more fitting to do on the most romantic day of the year than renew your marriage vows.  And to do just that on a big, beautiful ship. On February 14  Cupid will aim his bow at couples [...]

10 01, 2020

Check out the spectacular new ships for Princess, Costa, Carnival and P&O

By |2020-01-10T19:43:53+00:00January 10th, 2020|Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Each ship features unique innovations and designs By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It’s been a busy time for the world’s largest leisure travel company. We’re talking about Carnival Corporation-operator of several top cruise lines. The company just announced it will be launching four new ships this year. The upcoming lineup includes the Iona for P&O [...]

9 01, 2020

Get triple savings on river cruises on AmaWaterways

By |2020-01-09T18:38:45+00:00January 9th, 2020|Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Enjoy a luxurious river cruise for less By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Have you been putting off that river cruise? Well here’s a deal that might make you want to book it now, at Pavlus Travel  (800.528.9300) of course. The top river cruise operator is offering a special New Year’s triple saving offers on 2020 [...]

6 01, 2020

12 of the most enchanting islands under the sun

By |2020-01-20T19:14:21+00:00January 6th, 2020|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Sun soaked islands packed with pleasures By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva One of the many pleasures of cruising, especially for sybarites,  is visiting tropical islands.  It's like being a kid in a candy store. You get to go from one sun-drenched port to another without ever having to hop on a plane.  Here are a [...]

6 01, 2020

Big news: Regent Seven Seas passengers get $1000 shipboard credit on select cruises

By |2020-01-06T21:32:57+00:00January 6th, 2020|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

First time in history that cruise line offers this much dough By Patti Pietschmann Think about this. Along with its  all-inclusive fare, Regent Seven Seas is doling out $1000 spending credit on select voyages.  It's the most credit the cruise line has issued in its history.  The  Celebrate Luxury Perfected  promotion can  be used for [...]

1 01, 2020

20 New Year’s resolutions for savvy travelers

By |2020-01-01T18:34:58+00:00January 1st, 2020|Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Resolve to travel more in 2020 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tips for hassle-free travel and more Pack prudently. You really won’t need all those clothes. Book your trip with a travel agent.  Trying to do it yourself can be daunting. It will take all the angst out of it and get you right the [...]

24 12, 2019

Looking for holiday cookie recipes Viking Cruises has you covered

By |2019-12-24T21:17:09+00:00December 24th, 2019|Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Christmas cookies galore in Viking's free e-book By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Viking Cruises is offering a free holiday cook book filled with delicious cookies and more. The book includes the sandkaker cookie, a  Hagen family favorite. The cookies are popular in  Norway during Christmastime. It is best to bake them in sandkaker tins but [...]

23 12, 2019

19 scrumptious signature cocktails created to quench thirsts for Regent Seven Seas Splendor

By |2019-12-21T20:49:35+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Designer cocktails welcome the Splendor By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Talk about tippling. Passengers will be able to mix and mingle with ship mates over 19 tasty mixed drinks on Regent Seven Seas Splendor which debuts in February. According to  F&B VP, Bernhard Klotz,  it's a  highly ambitious drink menu that highlights  the  ship’s debut.  [...]

18 12, 2019

10 tasks to complete before heading out on your holiday trip

By |2019-12-18T19:09:27+00:00December 18th, 2019|Stuff|0 Comments

Just a few reminders that can take the havoc out of holiday travel By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva The most obvious preparation is to allow plenty of time to get to the airport. It’s better to get there early than miss you flight. And today most major airports have lots of restaurants, bars and shops. [...]

17 12, 2019

Tauck alert: holiday 2020 tours selling out fast better book soon

By |2019-12-17T20:32:39+00:00December 17th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Top tour company boasts big sell out for next year's holiday season By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva If  you are considering taking a Tauck tour next year, you better contact a Pavlus Travel specialist. The company just issued an alert that tours are going fast. Tauck wrote, “Because of strong holiday bookings this year  we [...]

16 12, 2019

Silversea goes over the moon with new production shows

By |2019-12-14T22:04:09+00:00December 16th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

That’s entertainment By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva The New Year is ushering in a notable collection of new theatrical performances on board Silversea Cruises.  Opening acts debut on August 6, 2020 as the curtain rises on Silver Moon's new show, The Moon and Beyond--a retro tribute to space exploration and classic sci-fi movies. The show [...]

13 12, 2019

One thing you can bet on when Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady debuts she will smell great

By |2019-12-13T17:56:43+00:00December 13th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The scent of a woman By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva courtesy of Virgin Voyages Leave it to Sir Richard Branson. The wild and wacky billionaire entrepreneur come ship company co-founder is at it again.  He and his  team  are introducing a  special fragrance for his Virgin Voyages cruise line. Whiff-ful sailing Virgin's 'Ship [...]

12 12, 2019

Score free WiFi, tips and drinks on select Princess cruises

By |2019-12-12T19:16:04+00:00December 12th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Limited time promotion is one of line's 'Best Sales Ever' By Patti Pietschmann Travel Div Wow here’s a deal that’s hard to pass up. Princess Cruises is running a “Best Sale Ever” promotion that includes drinks, WiFi and tips. The special is available for booking with any Pavlus Travel specialist and includes cruises in Europe, [...]

11 12, 2019

Sneak preview of Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

By |2019-12-11T18:06:03+00:00December 11th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Touring the Scarlet Lady with  Sir Richard Branson By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The cruise industry anxiously awaits the launch of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages.  Not just another cruise line, Branson's branding is quirky, zany and over-the-top. And the red-lettered ship is all that and more. So  Branson boarded  the ship with his family [...]

9 12, 2019

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Santa’s helpers at Pavlus Travel can help you out

By |2019-12-10T00:10:43+00:00December 9th, 2019|Destinations, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Give the gift of travel By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Guitarist strums Yuletide songs for tipplers in Crystal Serenity's Crystal Cove lounge (photo by Patti Pietschmann) Christmas is just around the corner.  As of today, Dec. 9 it's only 16-days away. Have you finished your shopping? Perhaps you just couldn’t come up with [...]

7 12, 2019

Supermodel Christie Brinkley joins roster of gorgeous cruise ship godmothers

By |2019-12-07T19:23:43+00:00December 7th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Famous cover girl to christen Regent Seven Seas Splendor By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Christie Brinkley photo courtesy of RSSC On February 21, 2020 Christie Brinkley will join an impressive group of famous face to christen a ship. The iconic supermodel will do the honors in Miami for Regent Seven Seas Cruises® gorgeous [...]