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19 01, 2020

Swanky Regent Seven Seas to hit the paradisaical Pacific Rim with a splash in 2022

By |2020-01-20T19:09:29+00:00January 19th, 2020|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Seven sylvan itineraries now open for booking By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Tahiti by Richard Pietschmann Memories of cruising around the paradisiacal Pacific Rim live vividly in my mind. Each extraordinary itinerary recalls  magical memories exploring  French Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  Doing those itineraries on a small luxury liner like Regent [...]

15 01, 2020

First photos reveal the stunning beauty of Tauck’s new ms Andorinha riverboat

By |2020-01-20T19:11:58+00:00January 15th, 2020|Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

Exclusive preview of the gorgeous vessel built to sail the Douro River By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Wow! Tauk’s new riverboat is a stunner. Says Tauk CEO, Dan Mahar, "The Andorinha is a truly beautiful vessel." said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, "She's  distinctly different from every other ship in our fleet, but instantly recognizable as [...]

13 01, 2020

Princess Cruises welcomes lovers with two romantic vow-renewal cruises

By |2020-01-20T19:13:15+00:00January 13th, 2020|Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Ceremonies inspired by Cupid By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva From Princess Cruises Facebook page What is more fitting to do on the most romantic day of the year than renew your marriage vows.  And to do just that on a big, beautiful ship. On February 14  Cupid will aim his bow at couples [...]

6 01, 2020

12 of the most enchanting islands under the sun

By |2020-01-20T19:14:21+00:00January 6th, 2020|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Sun soaked islands packed with pleasures By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva One of the many pleasures of cruising, especially for sybarites,  is visiting tropical islands.  It's like being a kid in a candy store. You get to go from one sun-drenched port to another without ever having to hop on a plane.  Here are a [...]

17 12, 2019

Tauck alert: holiday 2020 tours selling out fast better book soon

By |2019-12-17T20:32:39+00:00December 17th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Top tour company boasts big sell out for next year's holiday season By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva If  you are considering taking a Tauck tour next year, you better contact a Pavlus Travel specialist. The company just issued an alert that tours are going fast. Tauck wrote, “Because of strong holiday bookings this year  we [...]

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 [...]

4 12, 2019

Five fantasy cruises for the New Year from PONANT

By |2019-12-04T19:56:02+00:00December 4th, 2019|Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

PONANT provides yachtsmen holidays around the world By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Ever dream of sailing the world in a luxurious yacht? But alas owning one is beyond your budget? Well PONANT, a three-decades luxury cruise company,  makes those fantasies come true. The French flag luxury cruise operator offers a unique style of cruising aboard  [...]

2 12, 2019

A whole lot of good reasons for taking a luxury cruise

By |2019-12-02T22:08:28+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 A seamless stylish  way to see the world   By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   There is a special category of all-inclusive cruise lines providing dream ocean voyages all over the world.  These brands include Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, and Regent Seven Seas. Each line operates deluxe vessels with  accommodations with balconies. Other great choices are [...]

25 11, 2019

Sleep in castles, paradors and luxe hotels in Spain on this Tauck tour

By |2019-11-25T19:27:57+00:00November 25th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva On our first trip to Spain my husband and I stayed in wonderful paradors. We were fresh out of college and on a budget. But these government owned accommodations were anything but budget looking. There was a fabulous castle and other historic buildings. Well fast forward to today and Tauck [...]

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 [...]