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.


Silversea to issue spiffy Travel Journals to passengers prio to cruise


How to make your cruise the best one ever


Shore excursion in St. Lucia
Shore excursion in St. Lucia

Carnival breezeReally want to know? Read this: Me in blue dressrich in tuxeBest butler


Photos from a sensational Silversea Cruises voyage

View of the Piton in St. Lucia from Ladera Resort

From the Savvy Seafarer’s 15-day cruise aboard Silver Sea Cruises ( spiffy, 540-passenger Silver Spirit. We sailed from Lisbon to Barbados and it was quite a ride! One of the best actually.

Shore excursion in St. Lucia

Veal porterhouse cooked on your table at Silver Spirit’s Hot Rocks Grill


Princess Facebook Connection, Crystal’s Cheap Caribbean Cruise and more

There’s a sea of stories swirling around the cruise industry begining with Crystal Cruises’ offering unbeatable fares for a New York – Caribbean cruise check out to Princess Cruises’ new Facebook connections.

The latter lets passengers find fellow seafarers who are sailing on the same ships or have sailed with the Santa Clarita Line previously and then connect with them, check out:

Silversea Cruises, the Savvyseafarer’s fave rave, also has some exciting news for people traveling solo:

There’s a lot of ocean out there.

Crystal Symphony

B0n voyage and enjoy the reading.


A Quick Glimpse of Silversea’s New Silver Spirit

Ahoy mates, I’ve been writing about  the new Silver Spirit and  I finally got a chance to see this spiffy ship up close and personal. We spent the night on board with a few of Silversea’s special invited guests. I took photos of the new additions.

I’ve sailed on Silversea ships before, but this is the larger vessel in the four ship fleet. She can hold around 540 passengers and weighs in at 36,000 tons. (The older Silver Shadow and Whisper carry 382 pax and replace 28,258 gross tons while the Silver Wind totes 298 people and weights 17,400 tons).

The almost all-inclusive  Spirit rises 11 decks and features all the amenities of the rest of fleet with a few additions and  noticeable Chachanges, Cha-ching changes:  there’s now a “small” charge for two alternative dining rooms ($30 a person plus the cost of wines of $100 in one and $30 with free wines in the other. Sorry to be vague about this, but I didn’t sail on this ship, just spent the night and neither rooms were operating and got different answers when I questioned about the charges) My bad should have checked better.
Veranda Suites (ours was 740) measure about 376 sq ft and have a 65 sq ft private balcony. Big changes are the larger bathroom with huge basin and rain shower (there’s also a tub) , and flat screen TVs.

One TV is actually part of a mirror, which is rather weird, when  you turn if off it’s a mirror, switch it on and it becomes  small flat screen TV(pictured is the second TV, the mirror TV is placed in front of the bed.

I love Silversea Cruises, but am finding it difficult to accept the change to what feels like a less intimate vessel.  It certainly has bells and whistles and upgrades but the product was so perfect before, I’m not sure it needed to be altered.

Perhaps once we sail on a real cruise I’ll have a different feeling. I only spent 24 hours on board and we didn’t move.Wines, spirits and soft drinks are free on Silversea ships, but some premium pours, like those pictured above, cost extra.

The pool is inviting and well used during cruises, especially by yours truly and her husband. Our routine is a swim before breakfast, followed by a poolside cappuccino, a dip in before lunch and then one at sundown followed by a glass of complimentary champagne at the adjacent pool bar.
Ah the good life.

The ship sailed to Europe today via the Panama Canal and New York. Wish were on board because then I’d know if this newer, bigger ship is any better than her siblings. Until then the jury’s out until we take that cruise.