11 11, 2019

16 different culinary classes coming with debut of Seven Seas Splendor

By |2019-11-10T19:15:03+00:00November 11th, 2019|Dining, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Classes focus on cuisines of ship's destinations By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The ultra-stylish  Seven Seas Splendor  debuts in February with a sea of on board activities.  One, bound to delight foodies and people who enjoy cooking, is the Culinary Arts program. Caribbean and Mediterranean delights The curriculum concentrates on recipes from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean--where [...]

10 11, 2019

Lefebvre family book tells all about Silversea Cruises

By |2019-11-10T20:06:20+00:00November 10th, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Book chronicles 25 years of the  innovative luxury line By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Silver Muse If you’re a Silversea repeat passenger you might enjoy reading  Sailing through History: A Family Dynasty.  The book chronicles the cruise line’s heritage through the eyes of its founding Lefebvre family. It is available on all  Silversea’s [...]

7 11, 2019

Here’s a first look at Tauck stunning ms Andorinha Riverboat due out next year

By |2019-11-06T23:06:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

The Douro Riverboat embraces the essence the region By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva A full-fledged sybarite the first thing that caught my eye when I saw photos of  Tauck's new Andorinha riverboat was the sparkling pool and deck. Wowie. Take a look. Photos of Andorinha deck and pool courtesy of Tauck According to [...]

6 11, 2019

Silversea steps up the plate to help preserve the Galapagos and the planet

By |2019-11-06T17:18:51+00:00November 6th, 2019|Destinations, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury cruise operator opens fund for Galapagos preservation By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva  As most of us know the planet is in dire straits unless we take action. And that's exactly what Silversea Cruises is doing. The luxury and expedition ship operator has set out to save at least a part of it--the precious Galapagos. [...]

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 [...]

4 11, 2019

Five Trafalgar Tours tips to ramp up multi-generational trips

By |2019-11-02T19:07:01+00:00November 4th, 2019|Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Traveling with moms, dads , grandparents and the kids is all the rage From an original Tralfalgar post edited by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva (photos from Trafalgar website) The Trafalgar Tours website is filled with so many informative articles.  One I recently read was about multi generational travel, or travelling with family members of all [...]

2 11, 2019

10 joys of cruises that won’t cost you a dime

By |2019-11-02T19:41:41+00:00November 2nd, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

The best things on a cruise are free By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Depending on whether you go luxury (like on Regent Seven Seas Splendor pictured above), premium or mainstream, a cruise could set you back a pretty penny. Of course all-inclusive fares will cover things such as tips, drinks, WiFi and on Regent Seven [...]

23 10, 2019

Princess Cruises announces ‘no age barred’ for Loyalty program

By |2019-10-23T18:04:06+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Cruise line letting kids accrue  loyalty points for perks By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Princess Cruises is recognizing its most-traveled kids. One of whom is nine-year-old, Los Angeles-native Wyatt Wilkinson with  with 46 cruises under his young nautical belt.  The other is 15-year-old Alexis Lavoie,a Canadian resident from north Montreal, with 538 sea days. sea. [...]

19 10, 2019

Join ‘The Party’ on Belmond’s Venice Simplon-Orient Express

By |2019-10-19T19:08:47+00:00October 19th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Iconic train roars into the 1920s By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Looking for something off ‘the beaten track”? How about a ride on Belmond’s iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. A subsidiary of the world's leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton,  the 40-year-old Belmond ranks as a  pioneer of luxury travel. And now the company is offering [...]

18 10, 2019

Looking for life-changing experiences try forest bathing in magical Mendocino

By |2019-10-18T16:40:25+00:00October 18th, 2019|Destinations, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Communing with nature in a Zen-like way By Patti Pietschmann In Japan Shinrin-Yoku refers to a preventative-medicine healthcare ritual. Here we call it forest bathing and it's fast becoming a buzz word among people seeking solace from trying times. I decided take a departure from tours and cruises and focus on outside the box experiences.  [...]

16 10, 2019

Regent including free First Class on eight Explorer Caribbean Cruises

By |2019-10-16T16:17:45+00:00October 16th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Going top cabin all the way on RSSC By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Barbados Photo of morning in Granada by Richard Pietschmann First Regent Seven Seas announced it was providing First Class air for 2020 Alaska cruises. And now the super luxury line is offering the same bonus for eight Caribbean [...]

13 10, 2019

Experience great cities of Europe in all their glory on a Costsaver jewels of Italy tour

By |2019-10-13T20:00:20+00:00October 13th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Experience all there is to see in Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona and Venice By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Fabulous Firenze I love visiting Italy, partly because I am of Italian heritage.  But also because it’s such a warm and welcoming part of the Europe. And, you can’t beat the food. Or local wines [...]

11 10, 2019

Cruise passengers ask the funniest (and often dumbest) things

By |2019-10-11T17:48:29+00:00October 11th, 2019|Dining, Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

A little shipboard humor to brighten your day By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Photo of ships in St. Kitts by Richard Pietschmann During decades-long travels I have heard some of the funniest-- and as stated in the headline-- dumbest, questions posed  by cruise passengers. A favorite is, “Where does the crew live?”  This [...]

10 10, 2019

Seven sensational photos that make you want to got to Ireland with Trafalgar Tours

By |2019-10-10T18:54:16+00:00October 10th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Dramatic coastlines, castles and luminous loughs By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva, photos courtesy of Trafalgar Tours If you've never visited Ireland, these pictures will make you want to. And Trafalgar Tours plus a Pavlus travel specialist can make it happen. See castles steeped in myth and legend, glass-like lochs (aka lakes or loughs) and amazing [...]

9 10, 2019

Need your fall foliage fix? take a Costsaver New England tour

By |2019-10-17T17:53:19+00:00October 9th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Leaf peeping with Costsaver tours By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva When you live in areas such as Los Angeles, as I do, you rarely get to see the changing leaves of fall. This is why many of us head off to cooler climes where we can get our fix of Mother Nature’s art work.   [...]

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 [...]

1 10, 2019

Regent Seven Seas replaces Canyon Ranch at Sea with new fleet-wide wellness-oriented spa

By |2019-10-01T21:39:32+00:00October 1st, 2019|Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

Serene Spa & Wellness to feature globally-inspired treatments By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Couple's  massage photo by Patti Pietschmann Hitting the spa is one of my favorite cruise ship indulgences. Especially getting a couple's massage with my first mate. Happily, shipboard spas and treatments continue to improve each year (while prices soar).  No [...]

25 09, 2019

Meet the Master of Regent Seven Seas Mariner Aivo Palm

By |2019-10-17T17:52:53+00:00September 25th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Estonia-born captain commands  mighty fine ship By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Captain Aivo Palm keeps a high profile on board the country club-style RSSC Mariner.  He's easy to see at an imposing 6 feet four, elegant in his dress uniform as he strolls around greeting and talking to passengers. As I write this Regent Seven [...]

24 09, 2019

Meet the personable GM of Regent Seven Seas Mariner

By |2019-09-24T19:44:31+00:00September 24th, 2019|Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Michael Coghlan says happy crews create contented passengers By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Photo of GM Michael Coghland at work  by Patti Pietschmann Michael Coghland hails from Canada but makes his land home in Southern California.  The amiable chap retains his Canadian accent and his fondness for cool climes. "I love sailing in [...]

22 09, 2019

Regent rallies to provide passenger pleasures during unscheduled stop in Skagway

By |2019-09-22T23:34:56+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

New tours and bargain shopping take the edge off By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva with photos by Richard Pietschmann It's impressive how quickly Regent Seven Seas arranged tours and activities for an unscheduled stop in Skagway. The 350-suite, all-balcony, all suite Mariner, on a 12-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver  to Los Angeles, was schedule to [...]