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25 09, 2020

Breaking news: Hawaiian providing passengers drive-through pre-travel COVID-19 Tests

By |2020-09-25T20:05:28+00:00September 25th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Stuff|2 Comments

Sites to open at select U.S. mainland gateways By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva After months of Hawaii requiring 14-days quarantines for visitors, the state is now allowing visitors who prove negative for Covid19 72-hours prior to arrival. And to help make it easier for tourists, Hawaiian Airlines says it is offering drive-through labs at some [...]

24 09, 2020

Glorious glamping in a Lushna in the Catskill Mountains

By |2020-09-24T17:53:12+00:00September 24th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Stuff|0 Comments

Eastwind Hotel & Bar provides safe environment for a domestic getaway By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva We worry about whether it’s safe to travel. And rightly so during this raging coronavirus pandemic. But there are some safe options.  And they are almost in our backyard. Or at least spread out in 17-acres of land in [...]

23 09, 2020

Fall travel blossoms in our own backyard with Costsaver special leaf peeper excursions

By |2020-09-23T23:18:15+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Mother Nature's annual turning of the leaves is a sight to behold By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Although Americans are facing obstacles about traveling abroad,  there are plenty of options in the US of A. And one of them is tiptoeing through fabulous fall foliage aka "leaf peeping." And it's just around the corner. There [...]

21 09, 2020

Cruise lines reporting successful coronavirus-free sailings since resuming operations

By |2020-09-21T17:17:50+00:00September 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Companies credit enhanced protocols for successful re-entry By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva A Linkedin post proudly announces that PONANT’s return to the seas has proven without incident. Its yacht-size ships are sailing with fewer passengers and strictly-enforced COVID19 protection protocols. #PONANT has been sailing safely since July 11 and has operated 50 cruises and carried 3,000 [...]

18 09, 2020

A trip down memory lane on an unforgettable Seabourn Quest Amazon cruise

By |2020-09-17T22:58:55+00:00September 18th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Where it's always happy hour at Martin's bar By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Photo of Martin by Richard Pietschmann As we anxiously await the return of cruises it’s only fitting to reflect back to some of our favorite voyages.  And one of my husband Richard’s and my best was on the dazzling Seabourn [...]

14 09, 2020

Holland America announces optimistic outlook for Europe 2021 cruises

By |2020-09-13T23:47:52+00:00September 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Five ships scheduled to cross he pond By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva If all goes well,  beginning 2021, Holland America will be sending five ships to  explore Europe—from Greenland to Greece and Iceland  Israel. Leading the way is Rotterdam which debuts during the height of the summer Europe season. Joining her are Statendam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam. This puts [...]

11 09, 2020

We were there on 9/11 when the forces of evil changed our lives forever

By |2020-09-11T16:46:29+00:00September 11th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

19 years ago today the forces of evil changed how we live and travel This is  a rerun  of a personal experience by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   As the world deals with the raging coronavirus it's not easy to forget another major disaster that took thousands of lives on September 11,2011. These are the [...]

10 09, 2020

Just can’t get Maui off our minds

By |2020-09-08T22:51:33+00:00September 10th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

Memories of vacations past at Maui's most secret spot By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva I can’t get  Maui's Airport Beach out of my mind.  But it's not exactly near by. It's a  six hour flight away from where we live via  Hawaiian, Delta or Alaska Airlines.  But worth the time and effort. The beach snuggles [...]

7 09, 2020

Satisfy wanderlust with a visit to San Francisco and tour of Northern California

By |2020-09-07T20:46:22+00:00September 7th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|2 Comments

Combine a 9-day Globus tour with a few nifty nights at the new Four Seasons By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva with a special video of Tony Bennett singing "I left My Heart in San Francisco" Ready to consider getting out of dodge?  How about a trip to the City by the Bay and environs?  San [...]

3 09, 2020

Breaking news: AIDA and Costa Cruises resume operations in Europe

By |2020-09-03T18:09:13+00:00September 3rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The Carnival-owned cruise lines will employ stringent safety protocols By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Good news for European seafarers.  Two cruise lines are resuming operations abroad. The first to sail  is Italy-based Costa Cruises on  Sunday, Sept. 6 followed  by Germany-based AIDA Cruise  on Nov.1.  A gradual phase-in Both lines, owned by Carnival Corporation, will [...]