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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 [...]

7 11, 2019

Tauck River Cruises introduces the stunning ms Andorinha Riverboat due out next year.

By |2019-11-12T17:51:45+00:00November 7th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

The Douro Riverboat embraces the essence the region By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva A full-fledged sybarite the first thing that caught my eye when I saw photos of  Tauck's new Andorinha riverboat was the sparkling pool and deck. Wowie. Take a look. Photos of Andorinha deck and pool courtesy of Tauck According to [...]

7 11, 2019

New rewards rolling out for AmaWaterways river cruises

By |2019-11-05T18:42:14+00:00November 7th, 2019|Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Luxury river cruise operator offering enticing incentives to book now By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If you’re thinking about taking a AmaWaterways river cruise in 2021 the luxury river cruise line is offering some enticing itineraries and rewards for early bookings. (Just contact a Pavlus Travel specialist).  You can also look forward to  new pre- [...]

27 10, 2019

Get your Viking on in 2021 exploring Scandinavia and more

By |2019-11-14T19:55:00+00:00October 27th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Follow the courses of the early Vikings By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva “Vikings were Scandinavians.  From the late 8th to late 11th centuries they raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across Europe,and westwards to Iceland, Greenland, and Finland.” Contemporary Vikings Currently Viking is a premium cruise line with six ships. But come  2021  [...]

21 10, 2019

Silversea creates dream escapes with 197 new cruise itineraries

By |2019-10-21T17:03:37+00:00October 21st, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

 Luxury fleet explores Antarctica,  Australia, Iceland, the Med and more By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Muse and moon Celestial Silversea Silver Moon photo by Richard Pietschmann Every Silversea feels like a dream voyage. Ships  are all suites with balconies.  Butlers pamper you silly. The food is heavenly. All wines, spirits, champagne, sodas etc. [...]

16 10, 2019

Regent including free First Class on eight Explorer Caribbean Cruises

By |2019-10-16T16:17:45+00:00October 16th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Going top cabin all the way on RSSC By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Barbados Photo of morning in Granada by Richard Pietschmann First Regent Seven Seas announced it was providing First Class air for 2020 Alaska cruises. And now the super luxury line is offering the same bonus for eight Caribbean [...]

15 10, 2019

Silversea welcoming the Dawn with wonderful collection of cruises

By |2019-10-15T17:43:59+00:00October 15th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

The lines 10th ship sets sail in 2021 with exhilarating voyages by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Silver Dawn is sister ship to Silver Muse and Moon, photo of Muse (above) by Richard Pietschmann Silversea fans mark your cruise calendars. The debut of the  596-passenger Silver Dawn happens in Sept. 2021. And trust us, [...]

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 [...]

7 10, 2019

Eight good reasons to book a Silversea cruise in 2021-2022

By |2019-10-07T16:41:27+00:00October 7th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

The chic cruise line creates a world of sea-going choices By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   Butler service for all, fine food, exciting ports, gorgeous suites and laid-back elegance define Silversea, the cruise line that continually redefines luxury. If you have yet to  sample the fare  you might want to consider booking any of 197 [...]

4 10, 2019

Princess presents decorative totem pole to honor Ketchikan

By |2019-10-04T21:56:00+00:00October 4th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Totem represents token of appreciation for Alaska's 50 years of support By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva It's always nice to hear about companies giving back. And that's what Princess Cruises did recently. The Santa Clarita-based cruise line had a special totem pole carved out just for the city of Ketchikan. The totem pole is the [...]

2 10, 2019

Tauck adds two new ‘exotics’ adventures to 2020 tours

By |2019-10-02T17:44:44+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports|0 Comments

 Tauck providing seamless ways to explore Australia and New Zealand   By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Looking for some exotic experiences to put on your 2020 travel calendar? Who isn’t? Tauck has a few exciting options to consider. Next year the company’s “Exotics’ journey collection features a 15-day tour of South Austalia and a two [...]

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, [...]

25 09, 2019

Meet the Master of Regent Seven Seas Mariner Aivo Palm

By |2019-10-17T17:52:53+00:00September 25th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Estonia-born captain commands  mighty fine ship By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Captain Aivo Palm keeps a high profile on board the country club-style RSSC Mariner.  He's easy to see at an imposing 6 feet four, elegant in his dress uniform as he strolls around greeting and talking to passengers. As I write this Regent Seven [...]

24 09, 2019

Meet the personable GM of Regent Seven Seas Mariner

By |2019-09-24T19:44:31+00:00September 24th, 2019|Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Michael Coghlan says happy crews create contented passengers By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Photo of GM Michael Coghland at work  by Patti Pietschmann Michael Coghland hails from Canada but makes his land home in Southern California.  The amiable chap retains his Canadian accent and his fondness for cool climes. "I love sailing in [...]

22 09, 2019

Regent rallies to provide passenger pleasures during unscheduled stop in Skagway

By |2019-09-22T23:34:56+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

New tours and bargain shopping take the edge off By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva with photos by Richard Pietschmann It's impressive how quickly Regent Seven Seas arranged tours and activities for an unscheduled stop in Skagway. The 350-suite, all-balcony, all suite Mariner, on a 12-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver  to Los Angeles, was schedule to [...]

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 [...]

16 09, 2019

Eight enchanting voyages scheduled for 2020 on Regent Seven Seas

By |2019-09-16T20:23:18+00:00September 16th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

 Luxury ship operator offering exclusive culturally-intense cruises by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Elite ship operator, Regent Seven Seas shines the spotlight on eight special culturally-intense voyages in 2020.  With titillating topics  on  wine, wars, journalism,  gardening, Broadway shows, genealogy and more. Wars of the world On May 4, 2020, Major 20th century conflicts is the [...]

13 09, 2019

A heartwarming story of a Silversea passenger helping the children of Ghana

By |2019-09-13T19:08:39+00:00September 13th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Man takes time out from Africa expedition cruise to help students We just had to share this story about a Silversea passenger who gave back. Robert Lapin was on board Silversea Silver Cloud last April cruising the west coast of Africa. He volunteers his time to teach students in Ghana. Lapin connects with a dozen [...]

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 [...]