The savvy seafarer’s cruise album

By  Richard and Patti Pietschmann

We’ve taken cruises on ships of every size and style from mega liners to small luxury vessels and written about  them in newspapers,magazines and on the web (most recently and here are a few good photos from our voyages:

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Spa  time

Crystal Cruises deck and butler for our  penthouse stateroom

 Morning buckwheat pancakes on Crystal Cruises 

 A birthday/anniversary celebration on Silversea

 Dining on the deck of the Seabourn Quest

 A seafood fest on board Regent Seven Seas Mariner Alaska Cruise

 Regent SS Mariner stateroom stewardess

 A veal chop  on RSSC Mariner


 A veal chop at  Silversea Hot Rocks

Dining a Le Champagne on Silversea

 Leaving Bora Bora

Paddle  tennis  on Crystal Serenity

 Happiness is having room service breakfast on Crystal Cruisses

 Bora Bora

 The mighty Amazon from Seabourn Quest

French Polynesia from a Princess Cruise

Ruby Princess

And it doesn’t end here, next trip Queen Mary2 from New York to Southampton, England; Seabourn Encore, Silversea Muse, RSSC Explorer and others. Stay tuned.


Three Queens to the wind with Cunard’s new cocktail



Cunard  is pouring a new drink on its three Queens Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabethcunard in honor of its 175th anniversary. The  new gin-based cocktail inspired by the company’s iconic Transatlantic Crossing, is made with Liverpool Gin, as the acclaimed, premium organic spirit, and is being poured on board Cunard’s fleet of three Queens, flagship Q

Concocted by award winning Liverpudlian bartender, Joe Wild, the drink, which is called  Transatlantic Love Affair, reflects Cunard’s spiritual home, Liverpool and the role the company has always played in connecting both sides of the Atlantic – a role that the line  continues today, offering the only scheduled Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2.

The 27-year-old barkeep who works at one of Liverpool’s most exclusive bars, 81 LTD, explained his inspiration behind his choice of ingredients and his delight at being chosen to create this special cocktail during Cunard’s 175th anniversary year. “As soon as I was asked I knew immediately that Cunard, and Liverpool’s rich history would dictate the ingredients for this very special cocktail. The citrus ingredient is inspired by Lime Street Station in Liverpool while the Bourbon mistperfumes the drink so guests can literally smell America on the horizon.” “Being able to use locally sourced ingredient like Liverpool Gin, simply consolidates the flavors and creates a truly unmistakable drink that guests will be able to enjoy during this very special year and beyond. In short, it’s absolutely delicious!”

Liverpool Gin is a premium organic product made from scratch using only pure certified organic botanicals, producing a highly distinctive, aromatic drink. As well as a key ingredient in the anniversary cocktail, the spirit will also be available to enjoy in its own right on board the Cunard fleet. “As we continue to celebrate this milestone anniversary, we seek new ways to enhance our guest experience,” said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard North America. “We are very excited about this truly special cocktail, and the special meaning it holds.”

Passengers can sip a Transatlantic Love Affair cocktail and Liverpool Gin in the bservational cocktail bar, the Commodore Club. This unique venue on board each Cunard Queen provides  panoramic forward views and a sophisticated ambience as guests gather to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, canapés and live piano music every evening. The drink  will be available on board Queen Mary 2 from Saturday, July 4, on board Queen Elizabeth on July, 14 and on Queen Victoria from  July, 19, 2015.

For more information about Cunard’s three Queens or to book a voyage and sample the cocktail, call 1-800-728-6273 or click here.

Star sailing on Queen Mary2 with Jane Seymour

Superstar Jane Seymour to appear on Queen Mary2

Jane SeymourGorgeous, gracious Jane Seymour will be appearing aboard Cunard  Queen Mary 2 for a special Transatlantic Crossing from New York to Southampton on June 3, 2015.

During the CrossingJane will share her insights with guests during two Q&A sessions with Queen Mary 2‘s Entertainment Director, as well as participate in a screening of one of her many films.” Besides her starring roles on screen, Jane is also an accomplished artist and will conduct painting classes on the ship. “I am honored to be invited into Cunard’s Insights program and to join the many special guests and luminaries who have sailed with Cunard over the years,” said Jane. “I fondly recall sailing on the QE2 and am looking forward to being onboard once again in this special 175th Anniversary year.”

Jane is most remembered for roles in “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” as a
Bond girl in “Live and Let Die’ , cult classic “Somewhere in Time”, and the comedy smash ‘Wedding Crashers.”  She is also a doting grandmother, designer, writer, painter and art gallery owner.

“We look forward to welcoming the versatile Jane Seymour to the Cunard Insights program. We know our guests will enjoy hearing about her significant contributions in entertainment, the lifestyle arts, and philanthropy,” said Richard Meadows, president of Cunard, North America. “Her sailing will be a highlight of our 2015 Crossing season.”

Cunard has attracted headliners on its Transatlantic crossing for  175 years that include Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant and Clark Gable. Since Queen Mary 2’s debut 10 years ago, the ship has also welcomed other film luminaries including George Lucas, Uma Thurman, John Cleese, Angela Bassett, and most recently Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 and to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or go to or

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