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23 05, 2020

Bodacious Belmond reversing the coronavirus ‘pause’ button plans global reopenings

By |2020-05-23T21:42:44+00:00May 23rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

The storied Splendido returns to service in June By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Staying at the Splendido in Portofino, Italy is a little slice of heaven. Belmond Splendido The staff makes you feel like royalty. The food is fantastic.  And it’s right in the heart of a storybook part of the country [...]

18 05, 2020

Going on an Alaska cruise? Be sure to pack smart

By |2020-05-18T20:31:52+00:00May 18th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 A handy guide for smooth sailing in Alaskan waters By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva While Alaska cruises are paused for the 2020 season, many folks are already booking them for next year.  What would have been a record number of cruise passengers was rudely interrupted by the coronavirus.  We’re talking 1.3 million people heading off [...]

14 04, 2020

Cruises and Covid 19 news: Princess suspends all cruises through June 30

By |2020-04-16T16:51:52+00:00April 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Suspension includes cancellation of Alaska Gulf and Land and Sea program By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva This is sad news for those of you planning cruises to Alaska this summer. Today Princess Cruise announced that due to the Covid19 pandemic it is cancelling all voyages through the end of June 2020.  The suspension of activity [...]

9 03, 2020

AmaWaterways striking new riverboat to cruise Egypt and the Nile in 2021

By |2020-03-09T18:00:57+00:00March 9th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

68-passenger luxury boat makes her bow is 25th ship of the fleet By Patti Pietschmann TravelDia What a way to cruise the Nile.  AmaWaterways is sending her spiffy new river boat, AmaDahlia to Egypt in 2021. Hopefully all will be better in the world by then. She's a spiffy-looking vessel with 38  luxurious 38 cabins [...]

19 02, 2020

Great expectations for first time cruisers

By |2020-02-19T22:49:40+00:00February 19th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Why you will love your first time so much and you'll go back for more By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva     According to Cruise Lines International 32 million people are on target to cruise this year. If you're not one of them, what are you waiting for? A cruise vacation is what dreams are [...]

17 02, 2020

Cruise where few have traveled before on Ponant’s hybrid electric polar vessel

By |2020-02-17T18:23:35+00:00February 17th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Posh French line visits the far reaches of the earth  in 2021-2022 By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   To be quite honest, I’m a fan of tropical island cruises. Sure I’ve done Alaska and Scandinavia but for me Antarctica is quite a reach. Not to say I wouldn’t do it, maybe one day. I would [...]

10 02, 2020

Jaw-dropping moments caught on camera when Silversea ships meet in Antarctica

By |2020-02-10T17:50:35+00:00February 10th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Silver Whisper and Silver Cloud get up close and personal By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva The Whisper meets the Cloud in Wilhelmina Bay Ah, to have been a fly on the wall when Silversea’s Cloud and Whisper were side by side in Antarctica’s Wilhelmina Bay. Several lucky passengers saw the rendezvous on Feb. [...]

24 01, 2020

A preview of Silversea Cruises dreamy Grand Voyage in the Med 2021

By |2020-02-01T22:27:59+00:00January 24th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Silver Shadow sets sail on magical, immersive 59-day voyage By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Can you imagine 59-days sailing the Mediterranean on a luxurious ship. I can.  In fact I am fantasizing right now about being aboard Silversea Cruises Grand Voyage Mediterranean 2021. I am a big Silversea fan and repeat passenger and I can [...]

19 01, 2020

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

By |2020-02-03T18:07:19+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 |2020-02-03T18:07:20+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 [...]