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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 11, 2019

Sleep in castles, paradors and luxe hotels in Spain on this Tauck tour

By |2019-11-25T19:27:57+00:00November 25th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva On our first trip to Spain my husband and I stayed in wonderful paradors. We were fresh out of college and on a budget. But these government owned accommodations were anything but budget looking. There was a fabulous castle and other historic buildings. Well fast forward to today and Tauck [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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  [...]

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 [...]

15 10, 2019

Silversea welcoming the Dawn with wonderful collection of cruises

By |2019-10-15T17:43:59+00:00October 15th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

The lines 10th ship sets sail in 2021 with exhilarating voyages by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Silver Dawn is sister ship to Silver Muse and Moon, photo of Muse (above) by Richard Pietschmann Silversea fans mark your cruise calendars. The debut of the  596-passenger Silver Dawn happens in Sept. 2021. And trust us, [...]

13 10, 2019

Experience great cities of Europe in all their glory on a Costsaver jewels of Italy tour

By |2019-10-13T20:00:20+00:00October 13th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Experience all there is to see in Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona and Venice By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Fabulous Firenze I love visiting Italy, partly because I am of Italian heritage.  But also because it’s such a warm and welcoming part of the Europe. And, you can’t beat the food. Or local wines [...]