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25 05, 2020

Shipyard overcomes Coronavirus-obstacles builds one of the most beautiful expedition ships ever: Silversea’s Origin

By |2020-05-22T16:54:36+00:00May 25th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Even a global lock down didn't stop Origin's progress By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva When Silversea hired Dutch shipyard De Hoop to build a new ship, they had no idea about the challenges ahead. A global pandemic hit right in the midst of construction. But through determination and perseverance came one of the [...]

23 05, 2020

Bodacious Belmond reversing the coronavirus ‘pause’ button plans global reopenings

By |2020-05-23T21:42:44+00:00May 23rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

The storied Splendido returns to service in June By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Staying at the Splendido in Portofino, Italy is a little slice of heaven. Belmond Splendido The staff makes you feel like royalty. The food is fantastic.  And it’s right in the heart of a storybook part of the country [...]

21 05, 2020

Regent Seven Seas president/CEO Jason Montague paints positive post coronavirus picture with new video

By |2020-05-21T17:19:19+00:00May 21st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

While sailing pause continues company faces strong future with financial backing and promotions By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Things are looking up for tony Regent Seven Seas according to the luxury line's president and CEO Jason Montage.  Please watch the video we put on this post. Montague release the video today on Twitter. He talks [...]

18 05, 2020

Going on an Alaska cruise? Be sure to pack smart

By |2020-05-18T20:31:52+00:00May 18th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 A handy guide for smooth sailing in Alaskan waters By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva While Alaska cruises are paused for the 2020 season, many folks are already booking them for next year.  What would have been a record number of cruise passengers was rudely interrupted by the coronavirus.  We’re talking 1.3 million people heading off [...]

13 05, 2020

Orlando Ashford second exec to depart Carnival Corp this week

By |2020-05-13T17:41:14+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Holland America president steps down on heels of Seabourn exec retirement By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   On the heels of hearing that Richard (Rick) Meadows was retiring from Carnival Corp's Seabourn, Orlando Ashford announces his departure from Holland America. The departure of two talented executives most likely was mitigated by the coronavirus's effect on [...]

13 05, 2020

Veteran Carnival Corp. exec and Seabourn president Rick Meadows retires

By |2020-05-13T17:15:03+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Stuff|0 Comments

 Meadows made big impact on cruise industry By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Richard (Rick) Meadows is retiring from Carnival Corporation  where he wore many hats for 35 years. He tips his most recent hat   as president of the luxury brand, Seabourn, at the end of May. (Carnival is pausing global operations until late November). One [...]

13 05, 2020

How cruise lines are keeping passengers plugged in during coronavirus-pause

By |2020-05-13T20:36:15+00:00May 13th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

 Clever videos and podcasts to keep cruising on our minds and more By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Pilates at Crustal@home Wellness Wednesday Updated May 13. Crystal@home Wednesday Wellness video. "Perk up with Natalie Ross." It's great for core toning and releasing stress. Cruise lines are reminding us of the many joys of  cruising [...]

6 05, 2020

Princess greatly extends pause in operations cancels certain cruises

By |2020-05-06T21:45:47+00:00May 6th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Reduction in flights and port closures among reasons cited by Patti Pietschmann The coronavirus-caused disruption in cruises continues. Princess Cruises just announced it is ceasing operations of certain voyages through the fall. Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruise says the decision is based on the disruptions in air traffic and port closures. One of [...]

4 05, 2020

Coronavirus cruise news: Carnival cancels sailings, extends pause, plans gradual return

By |2020-05-04T17:13:08+00:00May 4th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

World's biggest cruise continues ceasing  operations until August  By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva While some US states are easing into reopening, Carnival is following suit with a gradual return to cruises.  The company announced today that on August 1 it will begin employing eight ships from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston. But the world’s largest [...]

1 05, 2020

How to get back to the pre-Covid19 future in 10 easy lessons

By |2020-05-01T16:15:24+00:00May 1st, 2020|Blog Homepage, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff|2 Comments

Visualizing a virus-free future of great travel adventures By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Paradise in Tahiti photo by Richard Pietschmann Do we have your attention? Probably so since you’re pretty much a captive audience these days. Well we want to shed some positive light your future travels.  Whether you love land tours and [...]