20 09, 2019

A typical day living the luxe life on Regent Seven Seas Mariner

By |2019-09-20T23:33:19+00:00September 20th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Hitting our first port on an Alaska cruise By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva with photos by Richard Pietschmann   Although RSSC offers several free shore excursions in Ketchikan  we opted to go off on our own. We've been here many times. It was chilly and rainy  but we had the right gear and Regent gives [...]

17 09, 2019

Country music buffs really must check out this twangy Tauck tour

By |2019-09-17T23:08:12+00:00September 17th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Get your twang on at Tauck's Nashville Country Music Event September 2020 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Fans of Tauck and country music will want to put this on your 2020 travel schedule. The popular tour-and-more operator is sponsoring a one-time "Tauck Nashville Country Music Event." The festival, which runs  from September 9 – 13,  [...]

16 09, 2019

A guide to shipboard spas

By |2019-09-16T23:35:35+00:00September 16th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

What price pampering By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva A hundred years ago. Well maybe 20 I got regular massages on cruise ships for $8 to $25.  Not any more. The price for pampering has sky rocketed.  We’re talking $300 and up a rub or facial in some cases. While I have no real basis for [...]

13 09, 2019

Virgin Voyages’ reveals cheeky-chic game-changing crew uniforms

By |2019-09-13T23:00:32+00:00September 13th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Sir Richard Branson brings style to ship staff By Patti Pietschmann,TravelDiva By now every  cruise insider knows that Sir Richard Banson's up and upcoming Virgin Voyages sails outside the box. The entire concept is as unique  and quirky as the billionaire daredevil/entrepreneur himself. Following months of teasers about other worldly activities and amenities slated for [...]

14 08, 2019

Inveterate cruisers give river cruises a try on Crystal Mozart and love it

By |2019-08-14T18:00:43+00:00August 14th, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

After 100+ ocean cruises first Danube cruise proves a charm  By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Keith and Anne Marie Steiner on Crystal Mozart  Keith Steiner started cruising with his family at the age of 12 on the now defunct Home Lines.  Since then, and after retiring from MCI he and his wife Anne [...]

12 08, 2019

Hawaiian Air announces new service from Maui to Vegas

By |2019-08-27T18:11:16+00:00August 12th, 2019|Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Airline to launch route using new narrow-body Airbus A321 Hawaiians love Sin City. I  even know a few who shuttle back and forth once a month on standby fares for a run at that elusive pot of gold. Most of the island to desert flights originate  and land in Honolulu. But now there's great news [...]

10 08, 2019

How to protect yourself from pickpockets and thieves when traveling

By |2019-08-10T20:59:05+00:00August 10th, 2019|Land Tours, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|2 Comments

The thieves are out there By Patti Pietschmann Mask Criminal Male Stealing Thief Purse from Hapless Female Girl Character Isolated Icon Cartoon Design Template Vector Illustration Throw virtual safety net over yourself when traveling I just read a threat on Facebook from several people who were robbed while traveling. Some lost wallets, passports, [...]

9 08, 2019

Regent Seven Seas sets sales record for World Cruise

By |2019-08-09T18:16:46+00:00August 9th, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

RSSC 120-night Pacific Rim odyssey a near sell out on first day of sales By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Balcony on Mariner photo by Richard Pietschmann Regent Seven Seas , one of the savviest cruise marketers in the industry was founded in 1992. In 2008  Frank J. Del Rio and Bob Binder, founders [...]

8 08, 2019

Breaking news: luxury cruise operator Ponant planning to buy Paul Gauguin

By |2019-08-08T18:57:26+00:00August 8th, 2019|Stuff|0 Comments

 Chic companies to operate independently Paul Gauguin plies paradise Stylish French cruise line Ponant just revealed plans to purchase Paul Gauguin Cruises. According to a Ponant press release, the two companies will continue to operate as separate entities. The marriage will allow for more diversity for passengers. Nautical bliss "It's with great pleasure [...]

7 08, 2019

Twelve things to take care of on Day 1 of your cruise

By |2019-08-08T17:20:43+00:00August 7th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Tasks to help get greater cruise control By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Photo by Richard Pietschmann of day one on Queen Mary2 Whether you’re a first time cruiser or veteran there are ways to foolproof your experience beginning with day one. And don’t think you know it all, you may forget to do [...]

6 08, 2019

New rules for Crystal Cruises priority check-in

By |2019-08-07T17:01:26+00:00August 6th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

Cruise line tightens Priority Check-in/Planning Center By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If you're planning to cruise on Crystal  Symphony or Serenity better read this.  The luxury-cruise and travel operator just release these new requirements for its priority check-in and planning center. New rules go into effect in October and November Starting with Crystal Serenity’s October [...]

5 08, 2019

Princess Cruises next ship reaches for the ‘Sky’ with celestial suites

By |2019-08-04T21:11:32+00:00August 5th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Sky suite enhance passenger pleasures with big balconies and amenities By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva New cruise ships are cropping up at jet speed. It’s hard to keep up, but we try. So  here you go with a few details about Princess Cruises Sky Princess. Which will rank as the biggest in the fleet at 145,700 [...]

2 08, 2019

Ooh la la Lalique partners with Silversea Cruises

By |2019-08-01T18:55:23+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

French firm creating crystal panels for Silver Shadow and Silver Moon By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Dining at Silversea Cruises La Dame feels like you've been transportedto France.  Heady garlic aromas permeate the room.  Champagne and copious glasses of wines take center stage on tables. A certain je ne sais quoi Every time we dine [...]

2 08, 2019

Passengers pick best afternoon tea at sea

By |2019-08-03T20:47:00+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

 Not surprising Cunard is queen of the tea service By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tea time on Cunard One of the highlights of a cruise is afternoon tea service. It is an elegant affair with a selection of yummy treats. A poll of members of one of a Facebook cruise page reveals a [...]

1 08, 2019

MSC Cruises gorgeous Grandiosa will knock your socks off

By |2019-07-30T17:38:50+00:00August 1st, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The plus-size ship to join fleet in November 2019 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva MSC Cruises’ is preparing to launch its first Meraviglia-Plus ship, MSC Grandiosa, in Hamburg, Germany on November 9th.  Like the name implies it will be the grandest in the fleet. The ship will make her bow with the usual hoopla. A glamorous [...]

29 07, 2019

That’s entertainment! RSSC Splendor to feature five new shows

By |2019-07-30T17:43:57+00:00July 29th, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Musical productions to take center stage and many genres One of the most anticipated ship launches happens Feb. 2020 when Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, Seven Seas Splendor takes the nautical stage. Not only will the new build dazzle with marble and richness, but she will feature five fantastic new shows [...]

29 07, 2019

Luxurious lounges enhance creature comforts on RSSC Splendor

By |2019-07-29T17:37:26+00:00July 29th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva In addition to five new production shows debuting with Regent Seven Seas Splendor in February 2020, the ship will host an equal number of entertainment lounges. Splendor Lounge This late night lounge is ideal for after dinner drinks and mingling. It offers a selection of signature cocktails accompanied by a [...]

25 07, 2019

They call the man Fernando friend to Silversea passengers for 25 years

By |2019-07-25T21:03:33+00:00July 25th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Silversea’s beloved Venetian Society Ambassador is everybody’s friend By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Photo  Melissa Cook with Fernando courtesy of Suzanne M. Childers Choozi Entertainment Fernando was in the lush lobby smiling and greeting passengers as they arrived on their first Silversea voyage 25 years ago. Charming and erudite his demeanor made you [...]

23 07, 2019

A little shipboard humor puns intended

By |2019-07-23T20:57:51+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva What really happens on a cruise doesn’t stay on a cruise   You’ve never been on a cruise but you’re thinking about taking the plunge. But even though you’ve been doing the research you’re still not sure what to expect. Well, let me tell you with tongue in cheek. Being [...]

21 07, 2019

Discover the world on a Silversea Grand Voyage

By |2019-07-21T22:12:14+00:00July 21st, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Live large on a Silversea Grand Voyage By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Fans of  Silversea have much to look forward to. The line is offering a stunning collection of Grand Voyages, Some of the cruises last 70-days. And a lot of them include overnight stays and exclusive events. All are designed to create memorable experiences. [...]