27 11, 2019

California man talks about his journey to Jordan for Habitat for Humanity

By |2020-02-03T18:07:42+00:00November 27th, 2019|Land Tours, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Furthering the cause of former President Jimmy Carter Newport Beach, California resident Glenn Bozarth is an avid traveler/explorer who also donates his time and efforts to Habitat for Humanity. Glenn works it out so he can tie-in the house-building projects  with tours and trips. Last month he went to the Kingdom of Jordon to help [...]

23 11, 2019

Virgin Voyages names second quirky ship not as kitschy as first one

By |2020-02-03T18:07:43+00:00November 23rd, 2019|Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

 Valiant Lady debuts May 2021 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Richard Branson’s over-the-top, quirky  Virgin Voyages launches next April with the Scarlet Lady. And a year later the line is launching the Valiant Lady. The two sister ships will be oceans apart with Scarlet in the Caribbean and Valiant in the Med. ‘Valiant Lady will sail [...]

18 10, 2019

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

By |2020-02-03T18:08:02+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.  [...]

9 08, 2019

Regent Seven Seas sets sales record for World Cruise

By |2020-02-03T18:08:44+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 [...]

9 07, 2019

Silversea opens bookings for ground-breaking Silver Origin

By |2020-02-03T18:09:06+00:00July 9th, 2019|Land Tours, Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Gallivanting the Galapagos on a most exciting expedition ship Ahoy mates! It’s happening. Sales are opening on July 16 for Silversea’s Silver Origin-- one of the most amazing ships ever built to explore the Galapagos Islands. And a Pavlus Travel specialist is ready to get you onboard. The all-suite, 100-passenger [...]

3 07, 2019

Mingle with Silversea execs on special cruise

By |2020-02-03T18:09:08+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Now here’s an opportunity to mingle with two key Silversea Cruises executives. Peter Shanks (pictured left below) and Mark Conroy will be on board a special sailing of the reimagined  Silver Shadow on December 10, 2019.   Mark Conroy is managing director of The Americas for Silversea, and Peter Shanks, [...]

1 07, 2019

Why we love long cruises

By |2020-02-03T18:09:08+00:00July 1st, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|2 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Always book a suite on long cruises. On Silversea they all have butlers who really do cater to your every whim. My husband Richard and I have taken cruises of all lengths. Even over night ones (special for journalists). The most carefree and glorious were 28 days long [...]

27 06, 2019

RSSC Splendor to offer 65 tours during debut (many free)

By |2020-02-03T18:09:09+00:00June 27th, 2019|Dining, Land Tours, Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva The eagerly-awaited debut of the knock-down gorgeous, 750-passenger Regent Seven Seas Cruises Splendor happens in less than a year. The ship is simply dazzling with tons of marble and elegant appointments. She also houses 14  astonishing suite categories. The cream of the crop is the lavish 4,443 square-foot Regent Suites.  Designed [...]

5 06, 2019

Oceania Cruises revamps Riviera with stylish new look

By |2020-02-03T18:09:26+00:00June 5th, 2019|Ships, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stunning new designs and decor By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva  Oceania Riviera sports a glamorous new look after her stint in dry dock.  It's all part of the brands OceanNEXT program—a continuance of fleet-wide enhancements which includes the Marina in 2020. “This is not just a refurbishment but a way to  elevate guest experiences by the [...]