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21 10, 2020

Enter the UnCruise Adventures sweepstakes for a chance to win a five-night cruise for two

By |2020-10-21T18:31:08+00:00October 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Contest open to consumers and travel agents By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Galápagos_La Pinta Boutique yachts and small boat adventure brand, UnCruise Adventures is sponsoring a sweepstakes now through Dec. 15 that  aims to appreciate  travel advisors and boost awareness shorter cruises. The contest coincides with the company’s 25th anniversary offers a grand [...]

16 10, 2020

AIDA Cruises resumes operations after virus-caused pause tomorrow

By |2020-10-16T17:13:47+00:00October 16th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Second Carnival Corp. brand to reboot operations By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva AIDA Cruises AIDAblu  is off and sailing again. She'll make her first re-entry Saturday, Oct. 17 on seven day voyages from Civitavecchia, Italy.  The ship will stop in Palermo, Sicily, Naples and La Spezia. The line is the second Carnival Corp. brand to [...]

15 10, 2020

Seabourn offering deep discounts on 2021-22 luxury cruises

By |2020-10-15T16:40:20+00:00October 15th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Exciting world-wide itineraries come with big perks By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Just had to share an email from Seabourn bearing good news.  One of my favorite luxury lines is banking on the return of cruises. And its offering a BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE TODAY  deal. They are also offering  additional 10% off*, 50% reduced deposits and  [...]

11 10, 2020

Princess Cruises to spend entire summer season on the west coast

By |2020-10-11T16:50:06+00:00October 11th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

rown Princess to sail from Los Angeles to  Mexico and Alaska in 2021 By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Photo of Crown Princess by Richard Pietschmann Back in the day, my husband Richard and I sailed regularly on  Princess Cruises from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. How convenient to  drive to the port, [...]

8 10, 2020

Silversea scores Seatrade Sustainability award for Galapagos preservation initiatives

By |2020-10-07T22:03:03+00:00October 8th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury line lauded for environmental efforts By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Luxury ship operator Silversea took home the trophy for Sustainability at the 2020 Seatrade confab yesterday.  The prize recognizes participation in social and environmental practices. Another award was given in recognition for its pioneering Silversea Fund for the Galapagos.  The fund is one of [...]

6 10, 2020

Princess welcomes new stylized ship slated for December debut

By |2020-10-06T18:57:03+00:00October 6th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Enchanted Princess expected to start sailing Caribbean By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Princess Cruises newest fleet member is ready to roll.  The  3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess exchanged hands between Fincantieri shipyard and the company last week. Unlike the normally lavish ceremonies,  this one streamed live with no guests in person. If you’re keeping track, the Enchanted [...]

28 09, 2020

Princess sells the Sun and the Sea

By |2020-09-25T22:34:11+00:00September 28th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Sad new for line’s loyal passengers By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva I can remember being on the inaugurals of  the 2,000-passenger Sun and Sea Princess. They were shining stars of the fleet at the time.  It was so exciting being on the largest ships in the world at that time.  The Sun took her bow [...]

21 09, 2020

Cruise lines reporting successful coronavirus-free sailings since resuming operations

By |2020-09-21T17:17:50+00:00September 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Companies credit enhanced protocols for successful re-entry By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva A Linkedin post proudly announces that PONANT’s return to the seas has proven without incident. Its yacht-size ships are sailing with fewer passengers and strictly-enforced COVID19 protection protocols. #PONANT has been sailing safely since July 11 and has operated 50 cruises and carried 3,000 [...]

18 09, 2020

A trip down memory lane on an unforgettable Seabourn Quest Amazon cruise

By |2020-09-17T22:58:55+00:00September 18th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Where it's always happy hour at Martin's bar By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Photo of Martin by Richard Pietschmann As we anxiously await the return of cruises it’s only fitting to reflect back to some of our favorite voyages.  And one of my husband Richard’s and my best was on the dazzling Seabourn [...]

14 09, 2020

Holland America announces optimistic outlook for Europe 2021 cruises

By |2020-09-13T23:47:52+00:00September 14th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Five ships scheduled to cross he pond By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva If all goes well,  beginning 2021, Holland America will be sending five ships to  explore Europe—from Greenland to Greece and Iceland  Israel. Leading the way is Rotterdam which debuts during the height of the summer Europe season. Joining her are Statendam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam. This puts [...]