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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 [...]

14 07, 2021

Silversea presents 2024 A Sea Odyssey–a voyage of a lifetime

By |2021-07-14T21:25:16+00:00July 14th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Bookings now open at Pavlus Travel By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Silversea says demand for longer voyages is behind the company’s extending it’s 132-day World Cruise 2024.  What’s more bookings are open as of today at Pavlus (800-528-9300). Don’t miss the boat. The odyssey visits 65 areas across 14 countries. It also include 40 [...]

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, [...]

21 06, 2021

Delta Airlines’ French connections

By |2021-06-21T18:56:55+00:00June 21st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Say Bon Jour to France with new flights from U.S. By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Now that France is open for tourism, Delta Airlines is adding more way for Americans to get there.  The carrier is offering twice daily flights from Atlanta to Paris. It is also running a daily flight from New York and [...]

19 06, 2021

A momentous occasion for Silversea with launch of two ships

By |2021-06-18T21:46:50+00:00June 19th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Silver Moon makes her bow in Greece while Origin does Galapagos By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Silver Moon sets sail today What a momentous occasion for Silversea this week with the luxury line's launch of two new ships.   One in Greece, the other in the Galapagos--each marking the return of cruising. It starts [...]

15 06, 2021

Ten items to remember to pack for your cruise or tour

By |2021-06-15T18:10:18+00:00June 15th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

What travelers often forget to bring on a trip By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Oops, did you forget something?  Perhaps the last time you traveled--lo those many months ago-- you forgot a few important items.  Well even seasoned travelers find themselves in this predicament. Sometimes something as simple  as underwear gets forgotten. A fellow globe [...]

3 06, 2021

Say ciao a Roma as Italy opens its door to visitors

By |2021-06-03T22:23:59+00:00June 3rd, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Some restrictions apply By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It took some shots in the arm but Italy is now accepting COVID19-free Americans with open arms. The  European Union says full-vaccinated  travelers are welcome to explore its exciting cities and seashores. This could mean cruise ships aren’t far behind. But before you dust off that passport [...]

20 05, 2021

Big news: It’s back to Alaska for Holland America and Princess Cruises

By |2021-05-21T23:41:42+00:00May 20th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

State’s Restoration Act allows ships to sail roundtrip from Seattle By Patti  Pietschmann, Travel Diva Richard Pietschmann photo of floatplane in Ketchikan This is big news for seafarers starving to sail to Alaska this summer. The on again, off again season and now a go thanks to passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration [...]

11 05, 2021

Silversea launching expedition cruises to Antarctica from a new convenient port

By |2021-05-11T16:56:33+00:00May 11th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Porto Williams will serve as entry to the White Continent By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Silversea  is bringing back expedition cruises to Antarctica from Puerto Williams. This is a new port for the luxury cruise line that will provide a more seamless experience. Puerto Williams Puerto Williams,  part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago,  sits [...]

13 04, 2021

Tauck makes major announcement about resuming tours

By |2021-04-13T21:53:54+00:00April 13th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Popular tour company rebooting in July after long pause By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Popular  US tour company, Tauck expects to  reboot operations in July following  a lengthy coronavirus-caused pause. Company CEO Dan Mahar says he’s ready to begin US tours by July 1.  His recent announcement notes that departures of Tauck’s “Southern Charms: [...]