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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

11 11, 2019

16 different culinary classes coming with debut of Seven Seas Splendor

By |2019-11-10T19:15:03+00:00November 11th, 2019|Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Classes focus on cuisines of ship's destinations By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The ultra-stylish  Seven Seas Splendor  debuts in February with a sea of on board activities.  One, bound to delight foodies and people who enjoy cooking, is the Culinary Arts program. Caribbean and Mediterranean delights The curriculum concentrates on recipes from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean--where [...]

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 [...]

11 10, 2019

Cruise passengers ask the funniest (and often dumbest) things

By |2019-10-11T17:48:29+00:00October 11th, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

A little shipboard humor to brighten your day By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Photo of ships in St. Kitts by Richard Pietschmann During decades-long travels I have heard some of the funniest-- and as stated in the headline-- dumbest, questions posed  by cruise passengers. A favorite is, “Where does the crew live?”  This [...]

9 10, 2019

When craving Champagne on a Virgin Voyages cruise there’s an app for that

By |2019-10-09T16:47:16+00:00October 9th, 2019|Dining, Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Quirky up and coming cruise line to offer bubbly by demand By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Sir Richard Branson is really working it.  The dare-devil billionaire, entrepreneur keeps creating eccentric experiences for his Scarlet Lady. His newest  attention grabber  is the  offering  of a Champagne on Demand app that delivers a 750ml bottle of  Möet Chandon [...]

8 10, 2019

Regent raises the bar on Alaska cruises for 2020

By |2019-10-08T19:59:35+00:00October 8th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

First class air, raptors, mushers, sled Dogs, the Tlingit are a few highlights By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   Having just returned from a glorious 12-night Alaska voyage on Regent Seven Seas Mariner I can’t imagine the experience getting any better. But Regent is upping its Alaska ante for 2020 an unprecedented collection of authentic [...]

29 09, 2019

Leaving San Francisco on Regent Seven Seas Mariner (Photos-plus)

By |2019-09-29T18:28:17+00:00September 29th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Ships|1 Comment

Last port of a 12-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles By Patti Pietschmann with photos by Richard Pietschmann The sleek RSSC Mariner pulled into the port of San Francisco early yesterday morning. Friends picked us up and took us out for a tasty Chinese lunch at the popular Fang. The weather was divine. [...]

28 09, 2019

Wine and dine on 67 AmaWaterways river cruises in 2020

By |2019-09-28T23:30:35+00:00September 28th, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Vineyards and historic sights included By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Well this wine lover perked up when learning that luxury riverboat operator, AmaWaterways is offering more than a dozen wine cruises next year. The voyages showcase famed vineyards and historic sights of France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Top North American wine experts, certified sommeliers, [...]

20 09, 2019

A typical day living the luxe life on Regent Seven Seas Mariner

By |2019-09-21T17:14:07+00:00September 20th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|2 Comments

Hitting our first port on an Alaska cruise By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva with photos by Richard Pietschmann   Although RSSC offers several free shore excursions in Ketchikan  we opted to go off on our own. We've been here many times. It was chilly and rainy  but we had the right gear and Regent gives [...]

19 09, 2019

Reporting live from a Regent Seven Seas Mariner Alaska cruise

By |2019-09-20T21:34:06+00:00September 19th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Ports, Restaurants, Ships|0 Comments

Happily sailing out of Vancouver after a trying airport experience By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Happiness was getting into our Concierge Suite on Regent Seven Seas Mariner after a most excruciating experience at Vancouver Airport. We’ve never gone through anything like it. Our flight from Los Angeles on American was smooth and pleasant. And then [...]

8 09, 2019

Think a luxury cruise would bust your budget? Do the numbers

By |2019-09-08T21:33:19+00:00September 8th, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Ports, Restaurants, Ships|0 Comments

It only costs a little more to get the very best by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva All-inclusive means caviar and Champagne plus more on Regent Seven Seas Mariner (Photo by Richard Pietschmann) Figuring out how much a cruise will wind up costing you in the end can be daunting.   You need to consider [...]

7 09, 2019

A savvy seafarer’s brief history of the cruise industry circa1990 until now

By |2019-08-27T22:35:18+00:00September 7th, 2019|Dining, Restaurants, Ships|0 Comments

What a difference decades make Patti  Pietschmann, Travel Diva A savvy seafarer looks back The following article, by me, is an edited reprint from 1992, not long after Crystal Cruises (1990)  and before Silversea Cruises (1990)  restyled luxury cruises.  Some of the ships and cruise lines are long gone. But cruise historians might enjoy seeing [...]

29 08, 2019

Silversea Silver Moon looks luminous during her first float out in Italy

By |2019-08-29T17:24:59+00:00August 29th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Much anticipated ship is just a year away from launch by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva It was a momentous occasion watching Silversea Cruises' stunning Silver Moon hitting the water for the first time. The ritual 'baptismal' took place at Fincantieri Shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Manfredi Lefebvre, executive chairman of the line officiated the event saying, [...]

26 08, 2019

Confessions from an unconventional cruising couple

By |2019-08-27T18:21:14+00:00August 26th, 2019|Dining, Ports, Ships|1 Comment

Cruising to a different drummer By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   My husband Richard and I began cruising in our 20s.  Since then we have taken hundreds of voyages on ships of all sizes and shapes. We tend to lean to luxury options such as Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Paul Gauguin and the [...]

24 08, 2019

10 surefire tips to keep the weight off when traveling

By |2019-08-25T18:33:19+00:00August 24th, 2019|Dining, Ships|0 Comments

Broaden your mind, not your butt By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It's not easy walking past offerings such as this in Crystal Symphony's Bistro Do you worry about gaining weight when you cruise? Or when traveling in culinary kingdoms such as Italy or France. You’re not alone. And, you really can avoid adding [...]

23 08, 2019

Magical Silversea cruise experiences caught on camera

By |2019-08-27T18:11:07+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Ships|2 Comments

Magical moments By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva My first mate Richard and I have taken more than a half dozen Silversea cruises in Caribbean, Med, French Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand waters.  Every voyage brings wonderful memories. Here are just a few caught by our cameras. Silversea restyled the way we cruise when it launched [...]

19 08, 2019

12 things you should know about river cruises

By |2019-08-23T21:12:40+00:00August 19th, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Riverboat Cruises|1 Comment

With words of wisdom from cruise industry doyenne Edie Rodriguez by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tauck in the Netherlands River cruises continue to be hot tickets. You can credit  companies such as Crystal, Viking, Tauck, AmaWaterways, Uniworld and others for glamorizing the experience. No longer your grandparents’ riverboats, most now come with butlers, [...]