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16 01, 2020

Dine like a rock star during DineLA Restaurant week

By |2020-01-16T17:19:30+00:00January 16th, 2020|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants|0 Comments

Restaurants drop prices while chefs strut their culinary stuff By Patti Pietschmann Travel & Dining Diva Sample dineLA dish (carpaccio) by Richard Pietschmann If you’re heading to Los Angeles  around January 17 to catch a ship, visit friends or relatives, or take a vacation, you hit the jackpot.  It's the start of the [...]

1 01, 2020

20 New Year’s resolutions for savvy travelers

By |2020-01-01T18:34:58+00:00January 1st, 2020|Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Resolve to travel more in 2020 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tips for hassle-free travel and more Pack prudently. You really won’t need all those clothes. Book your trip with a travel agent.  Trying to do it yourself can be daunting. It will take all the angst out of it and get you right the [...]

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 [...]

5 11, 2019

Skate, shop and stay in the City by the Bay

By |2019-10-28T22:57:28+00:00November 5th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

 Pair of San Francisco hotels gift-wrap packages for holiday visitors By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tis the time to start thinking about your holiday travel plans. Stores are already streaming Christmas music and putting up decorations. And San Francisco hotels are creating fun packages for your holiday happiness. The Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc [...]

9 10, 2019

When craving Champagne on a Virgin Voyages cruise there’s an app for that

By |2019-10-09T16:47:16+00:00October 9th, 2019|Dining, Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Quirky up and coming cruise line to offer bubbly by demand By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Sir Richard Branson is really working it.  The dare-devil billionaire, entrepreneur keeps creating eccentric experiences for his Scarlet Lady. His newest  attention grabber  is the  offering  of a Champagne on Demand app that delivers a 750ml bottle of  Möet Chandon [...]

29 09, 2019

Leaving San Francisco on Regent Seven Seas Mariner (Photos-plus)

By |2019-09-29T18:28:17+00:00September 29th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Ships|1 Comment

Last port of a 12-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles By Patti Pietschmann with photos by Richard Pietschmann The sleek RSSC Mariner pulled into the port of San Francisco early yesterday morning. Friends picked us up and took us out for a tasty Chinese lunch at the popular Fang. The weather was divine. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 09, 2019

A savvy seafarer’s brief history of the cruise industry circa1990 until now

By |2019-08-27T22:35:18+00:00September 7th, 2019|Dining, Restaurants, Ships|0 Comments

What a difference decades make Patti  Pietschmann, Travel Diva A savvy seafarer looks back The following article, by me, is an edited reprint from 1992, not long after Crystal Cruises (1990)  and before Silversea Cruises (1990)  restyled luxury cruises.  Some of the ships and cruise lines are long gone. But cruise historians might enjoy seeing [...]