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14 10, 2020

What we all need now is a peaceful trip to magical Mendocino

By |2020-10-14T21:11:13+00:00October 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Land Tours, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

Whales, car safaris, spas, restaurants, wineries, parks and coastline await By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Most Americans are hitting the local roads this fall. They're seeking safe havens in which to de-stress. RV rentals are soaring.  And families are piling into them en-route to  much-needed vacations. We've come to grips with the ban on foreign [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

4 09, 2020

Bake up a batch of Cunard Lines’ best muffins this Labor Day Weekend

By |2020-09-04T18:22:24+00:00September 4th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Executive Chef Mark Oldroyd  shares Cunard's exclusive muffin recipe By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Here's a Labor Day project for anyone sheltering in place this Labor Day Weekend.  Put on your apron, get out the ingredients and bake some mighty fine muffins. Although we can't yet cruise on one of Cunard's fine ships, we can [...]

26 08, 2020

On the waterfront at Marlon Brando’s ‘Stella’ Tahitian island resort

By |2020-08-25T20:51:52+00:00August 26th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

The superstar left a lavish 'bounty' for tourists By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva The stars have been guiding explorers to French Polynesia for millennia. The first to follow them were Southeast Asians about 4,000 years ago. They got there in outrigger canoes loaded with coconuts, bananas, breadfruit, chickens and pigs. Many Tahiti moons later  a [...]

21 06, 2020

A little Hawaiian poke history for lovers of this finger licken good raw fish dish

By |2020-06-20T21:55:56+00:00June 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Restaurants, Stuff|6 Comments

An island favorite with rich flavor and history By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Do the Hawaiian Poke and get a bowl for dad for Father's Day Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines shares its love for Poke.  And so am I.  We can't fly to the islands right now unless willing to self-isolate for [...]

12 06, 2020

Confessions of a cruise addict

By |2020-06-12T22:42:00+00:00June 12th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why we love cruises and what we miss the most during the coronavirus pause By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva With everything that's going on  right now between protests, riots and the coronavirus pandemic, I just wish we could all just hop on a cruise ship and sail away to island paradises. My husband Richard and [...]

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  [...]