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20 05, 2020

Hawaii Gov. extends 14-day visitor quarantine to combat Covid19 spread

By |2020-05-20T18:16:46+00:00May 20th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Restaurants|0 Comments

Aloha spirit at its low as Islands suffer low tourism and visitor frustration Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Governor extends visitor quarantine to end of June Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, heady scents of plumeria and vibrant rainbows normally welcome visitors  Hawaii's archipelago paradise. But anyone going to Hawaii between now and June [...]

12 05, 2020

AmaWaterways reports river cruises bookings up for 2022

By |2020-05-11T22:50:16+00:00May 12th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Demand indicates people are feeling more positive about cruising By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Good news.  People are really ready to sail again.  And they're picking  river cruises. Or so says AmaWaterways.   The river boat operator is experiencing high demand for 2021. Consequently it is now open for bookings,some  six months ahead of previous season [...]

17 04, 2020

How the hospitality industry is giving back during the Covid19 pandemic

By |2020-04-17T21:14:13+00:00April 17th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Stuff|0 Comments

Companies keeping employees on salary to help out with meals and more By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Coping with Covid19 The hospitality industry around the world is working to give back to their communities.  Many are  preparing and delivering meals. Others are offering their services. Here are some of  the unsung heroes showing  [...]

6 04, 2020

Top chefs share recipes that comfort and help us cope while ‘sheltering in place’

By |2020-04-21T22:49:34+00:00April 6th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

Delicious dishes that make you feel like you're dining out By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If anytime that food is comforting to the soul, it's now. With most of us are 'sheltered in place' some top US chefs are sharing delicious recipes you can make at home for the family or a special date night [...]

11 03, 2020

Memories are made of this: a magical Hawaii cruise on Crystal Symphony

By |2020-03-05T19:49:16+00:00March 11th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Restaurants, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

A little nautical nostalgia By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Patti and Richard in their Penthouse home away from home I have a story to tell about a most memorable cruise on Crystal Symphony we took a few years ago. We sailed from Los Angeles to Hawaii on Easter Sunday and returned to LA on Mother's [...]

10 03, 2020

The many of joys of cruising

By |2020-03-09T23:47:33+00:00March 10th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Ships are referred to the feminine and there's nothing like a dame By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva (this is an updated reprint) My husband Richard and I have taken cruises of all lengths. And will continue to do so as long as we can.   We've done a few carefree and glorious voyages of  28 days [...]

9 03, 2020

AmaWaterways striking new riverboat to cruise Egypt and the Nile in 2021

By |2020-03-09T18:00:57+00:00March 9th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

68-passenger luxury boat makes her bow is 25th ship of the fleet By Patti Pietschmann TravelDia What a way to cruise the Nile.  AmaWaterways is sending her spiffy new river boat, AmaDahlia to Egypt in 2021. Hopefully all will be better in the world by then. She's a spiffy-looking vessel with 38  luxurious 38 cabins [...]

4 03, 2020

Treat yourself to a six course Dom Perignon dinner on Oceania Cruises

By |2020-03-03T17:41:40+00:00March 4th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Finding foodie heaven on an Oceania cruise by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Oceania Cruises is famous for its food (as is its subsidiary Regent Seven Seas). It's one of the key reasons for the huge complement of repeat passengers. Many of them admit the food is what keeps them loyal to the brand. Cruises  for [...]

26 02, 2020

Hawaiian Airlines lie-flat seats make flying First Class worth the fare

By |2020-02-26T17:48:01+00:00February 26th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Flying high on Hawaiian Airlines Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva r with photos below by Richard Pietschmann “E komo mai, welcome aboard” reads the First Class dinner menu on  our Hawaiian Airlines’ flight from Maui to  Los Angeles. It's  just one of the many touches that make the carrier cuts above  some of the rest. We [...]

24 02, 2020

Supermodel Christie Brinkley christens RSSC Splendor at glam black-tie event

By |2020-02-24T22:22:50+00:00February 24th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

It was a glam affair befitting the elegant vessel By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva photo from Travel Weekly “Gorgeous is the word I use to describe Seven Seas Splendor,” Christie Brinkley enthused. “All the details on this ship are amazing, from the artistic style of the Italian marble, the artwork and chandeliers, to the [...]