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11 10, 2021

Chilling out at the charming millennial-centric Hotel Ynez

By |2021-10-12T19:20:31+00:00October 11th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Stuff|2 Comments

 A special little getaway to California's Central Coast By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva with photos by Richard Pietschmann The urge to get away after a long hiatus won.  And off we went to the charming Hotel Ynez in California's Central Coast's answer to the Napa Valley. A bucolic area hosting vineyards, horses, sprawling ranch homes [...]

12 09, 2021

Crystal Cruises offering jaw-dropping Veranda fares

By |2021-09-12T23:08:45+00:00September 12th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Hurry  offer limited By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It’s a real deal. And it won’t be available for long so call a Pavlus agent asap (800-528-9300).  Crystal Cruises is offering guests the chance to enjoy the sea breezes and alfresco options of a Verandah stateroom at jaw-dropping ocean-view pricing The Limited-Time Veranda Event has stateroom fares starting [...]

26 08, 2021

What every newbie cruiser needs to know

By |2021-08-24T20:25:03+00:00August 26th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

First cruise coming up? Read this By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Silversea offers all-inclusive fares and new ships such as the Silver Moon Hello all newbie cruisers out there.  Are you ready to take the plunge on that first cruise but  a little nervous about it.  Don't be. You will love it. Especially [...]

19 08, 2021

What makes Anguilla a “Beyond Extraordinary” escape (just look at these photos)

By |2021-08-20T19:25:28+00:00August 19th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Stuff|1 Comment

For A-List celebs it's the privacy plus posh but not stuffy vibe  By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva After hundreds of Caribbean cruises it’s pretty amazing I never set foot on Anguilla. But then because it’s just at tiny, 16-mile island  it's only accessible by small sailing craft. However, that might change in the near future, [...]

14 08, 2021

Passengers boarding Tauck’s new Andorinha got a bonus treat

By |2021-08-12T17:00:25+00:00August 14th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Riverboat company staged surprise christening ceremony By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Guests get to attend normally exclusive christening in Barca d'Alva Passengers embarking on the inaugural of Tauck’s stunning riverboat, ms Andorinha got a big surprise. After spending two-nights in a Madrid hotel they went to the board the ship in Barca d'Alva [...]

10 08, 2021

NCL welcomes back passengers with a lavish lost holidays theme buffet

By |2021-08-10T22:36:57+00:00August 10th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Passengers on Encore get to enjoy missed celebrations By  Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Oh what fun it is to celebrate Christmas in August and recapture holidays lost on board a cruise ship.  That's just what passengers are enjoying on an NCL  Encore cruise from Seattle to Alaska.  The cruise line put out a lavish Celebration [...]

1 08, 2021

Heavenly Hawaii hacks for honeymooners and other lovers

By |2021-08-02T17:39:23+00:00August 1st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Starting life together in Cupid's corner of the world The getaway car for a couple after a wedding at Mana Kai Maui photo by Richard Pietschmann By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva The magical, mystical Hawaiian Islands welcome lovers with balmy breezes, swaying palms andt is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the [...]

16 07, 2021

Princess enhancing entertainment and dining on Alaska cruises

By |2021-07-16T16:32:43+00:00July 16th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

It will be a  foodie fest at sea By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Passengers sailing to Alaska on Princess Cruises can expect a sort of foodie fest at sea with endless dining options. All   dining venues are open for anytime visits.  That's not all, you can even order food  for delivery anywhere on board. The [...]

12 07, 2021

Northern California celebrates Caviar Day in style

By |2021-07-08T18:00:24+00:00July 12th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Exclusive roe-tasting events in the Bay Area by Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva I learned to love caviar on cruise ships way back when it was served at the gala farewell dinners. Then it became a ritual on Seabourn where passengers can feast on the tiny eggs anywhere and at any time. And, that my husband, [...]

7 07, 2021

A plate full of fabulous Relais and Chateau memories

By |2021-07-07T17:29:34+00:00July 7th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Serving up a world  of luxury on an exquisite platter By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva During decades of travel and cruise writing my husband and I collected many souvenirs. And among our most cherished  is a set of four lavish limited edition Relais & Chateau Villeroy & Bosch Millennium plates.  Each one commemorates the luxury company's [...]