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17 01, 2021

A brief history of the ever-changing cruise industry

By |2021-01-19T00:17:18+00:00January 17th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ships|11 Comments

Oh how cruise industry has changed since the 1990’s By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva This is a reprint of an article I wrote for the Chicago Tribune in 1992.  It's about a savvy seafarer (moi) who goes in search of utopian cruise ships.  In this update I trace and intersperse the 90s with today's scene. Silversea  [...]

14 01, 2021

Stunning Silversea Silver Dawn does float out in Italy

By |2021-01-14T19:11:25+00:00January 14th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The Muse Class ship slated to debut November 2021 By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It was a momentous occasion for luxury ship operator Silversea Cruises. The line’s 10th , and most anticipated new build, Silver Dawn is ready for her close up after completing her float out at Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona Italy.  The Dawn [...]

9 01, 2021

The butler did it with an unforgettable anniversary the Silver Muse

By |2021-01-09T21:16:57+00:00January 9th, 2021|Blog Homepage, Dining, Ports, Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

A little cruise ship nostalgia of a celebration at sea By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva In a scene straight out of Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous, our  Silver Muse Silver Suite  became an eye-popping wonderland of  strobe lights,  red roses and candles with romantic  background music. Two graceful swans, made out of towels sat [...]

3 01, 2021

How to prepare yourself for the new norms of travelling in 2021 and beyond

By |2021-01-03T20:24:10+00:00January 3rd, 2021|Blog Homepage, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Tips on how to reboot and rejuvenate your mind set after a stressful year By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva First of all we want to wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2021. Secondly we want to offer advice on how reset your mind and body after the long travel hiatus. Let’s start with [...]

1 01, 2021

Crystal’s ‘Crystal Clean+Protocols’ portends future of cruise industry

By |2021-01-01T19:52:28+00:00January 1st, 2021|Blog Homepage, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise lines face changing times afloat By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva There are  some challenging times ahead for cruise lines as passengers face  distinct differences.  Passengers will need to adjust to new safety rules most companies are implementing. Leading the way is Crystal Cruises.   The luxury line is setting the scenario with its  Crystal Clean+ [...]

27 12, 2020

Cruise ships sailing into San Diego for mandatory CDC certification

By |2020-12-27T22:56:47+00:00December 27th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Holland America among first to send ships to the SoCal port By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Port of San Diego Although they’re not sailing with passengers yet, cruise ships are arriving in San Diego, California.  The first include four Holland America vessels. Each will undergo rigorous certification by the Centers for Disease Control. [...]

21 12, 2020

Princess piles on the perks for future cruises

By |2020-12-21T16:52:08+00:00December 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise line offering ‘Best Sale Ever’ promotion By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva  Princess Cruises is introducing what it calls  Best.Sale.Ever’ that adds a pile of perks to fares. It's throwing in drinks, WiFi and gratuities.  The potables come in adult Premier Beverage Package.  Libations include  hand-crafted cocktails, wine, beer, fountain soda, specialty coffees and more. And [...]

17 12, 2020

A holiday BOGO: buy one stateroom and get a second one free from Holland America

By |2020-12-17T00:18:58+00:00December 17th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

And the perks keep on coming By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva As the cruise industry gears up to resume operations, many  lines are making waves with promotions and perks on future cruises.  Many are now including WiFi, drinks and gratuities with fares. And some are going outside the bar, like Holland America, which is offering [...]

16 12, 2020

Major cruise line alters course with new ‘inclusive’ fare policy

By |2020-12-16T17:45:36+00:00December 16th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Celebrity Cruises now provides drinks, tips and WiFi  free on all ships By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as cruise line add additional amenities to fares.  We have a lot to look forward to. When we finally   again there will be plenty of perks to enjoy. Even though [...]

14 12, 2020

Ho, ho Holland America plays Santa brings big holiday promotions

By |2020-12-14T18:55:37+00:00December 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Get gift cards for friends and family plus savings on future cruises By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Looking for a last minute holiday gift?  Holland America has you covered. The line is selling gift cards for future (2021-2022) cruises. And as a special bonus it’s offering huge WAVE savings. Buying a gift card is [...]