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.


Seabourn Announces Itinerary Changes for Asian Season



Cambodia, More Indonesia Added to Southeast Asian Season

 The Yachts of Seabourn   announced changes in the published itineraries of two of its intimate, award-winning yachts during the first quarter of 2012.

The 208-guest Seabourn Pride, which had been scheduled to sail 12-day cruises of Vietnam and Thailand between Hong Kong and Bangkok, will instead sail between Hong Kong and Singapore on five 14-day voyages that will each include a call at the up-and-coming beach resort community of Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

 Departure dates are scheduled between January 4 and March 14, 2012. The revised schedule also includes one 14-day voyage departing February 15, 2012, and sailing round trip from Singapore to Penang, Phuket, Langkawi, Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, the Malaysian metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and more.

The  Seabourn Legend will start 2012 sailing among the myriad islands of the Indonesian Archipelago, on 10- and 12-day itineraries between Singapore and Bali that include hard-to-reach places such as Komodo, Sumba, Flores, Gili Sudak and Kura Kura. Five departures are scheduled between January 3 and February 16, 2012.

“Southeast Asia has been a perennial favorite of our guests for many years, because our yachts can take them places that are difficult to visit otherwise,” noted Seabourn President & CEO Pamela Conover. “And as we have added new destinations within the region in the past two years,” she continued, “our guests have responded with increasing enthusiasm, and so we are adjusting our schedule in order to satisfy their desire for more of these exotic and unforgettable experiences.”

Following the additional Southeast Asian voyages, each of the two Seabourn yachts will reposition to Europe on a pair of longer voyages, the Jewels of India & Arabia sailing from Singapore to Dubai in 18 days and then the Wonders of Arabia & Egypt from Dubai into Athens in another 18 days. 

Special Seabourn Value Fares offer savings up to 65 percent, with fares starting from $3,999 per person, based on double occupancy.

For more information, or to reserve a suite at these special rates, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

Cutting Edge Spa Treatments to debut with Seabourn Sojourn


When the Seabourn Sojourn sets sail next June she’ll be armed with what your savvy seafarers enjoys most–a super spa offering a Kniepp Walk herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath and salt inhalation.
According to the company’s press release, “with the increasing number of travelers seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on vacation, The Yachts of Seabourn is meeting this growing trend with the ultimate sanctuary of relaxation and wellness aboard the new Seabourn Sojourn, which is scheduled to debut June 6, 2010, in London. 
The Spa at Seabourn on Sojourn will offer a variety of treatments and pamper options such as the innovative Kneipp Walk,  a holistic, water therapy treatment and healing remedy designed to enhance circulation.
The walk is done  slowly through a circular basin separated into areas of cold and warm water, stimulating capillary circulation and metabolism, and soothing pain.
Additional new amenities of the 11,400-square-foot spa include cushy cocooning recliners, an herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation. The two-deck spa will also feature an outdoor, cabana-style relaxation area, furnished with lounge chairs and sofas in warm and soothing tones, where guests can enjoy the peaceful environment and fresh breezes from the open sea. Décor will include new colorful coral-themed artwork.
“Wellness and fitness are so important to consumers today and we are seeing more and more guests seeking to keep up their healthy lifestyle even when they are traveling,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s President and CEO. “The Spa at Seabourn on Sojourn will cater to those needs and enable guests to combine the satisfaction of amazing travel experiences with the best and healthiest luxury spa at sea.”
  The spa will house six treatment rooms and a Spa Villa–, a treatment area large enough for couples’ treatments,  with a shower; a bathtub big enough for two; a private balcony for sunbathing; a full living room area; a douable daybed for relaxing and even a dining area where healthy snacks can be enjoyed. available for guests to book along with their treatments. 
Guests can indulge in a selection of relaxing and healing treatments, and expert therapists can custom design treatments to fulfill guests’ desires. In addition to high-end Elemis products, the Spa at Seabourn is the only seagoing spa employing specialists trained and authorized to administer the award-winning SkinCeuticals skin care line of scientifically-backed products, serums and treatments for every skin concern.
The spa will also feature a full-service salon and a thermal suite with eight heated loungers, cocooning recliners, an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation, and a unisex herbal bath. The women’s changing area will feature a Bio sauna, while the men’s area will include a traditional Finnish sauna.
The fitness center will feature state-of-the-art fitness, cardio and strength equipment; a motion studio with the latest version of the Kinesis System; fitness classes; and an area featuring a Thai mat for Thai massages, available only on Seabourn. Personal trainers will be available to develop customized workout plans.
Seabourn Sojourn sets sail June 6, 2010 with a series of 12- to 14-day voyages in Northern Europe during its maiden summer season. Following a transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal, to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the vessel will offer a series of Caribbean voyages in the fall and winter.
On Jan. 5, 2011, Sojourn will embark on a 111-day World Cruise from Los Angeles to London via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean.
For a limited time, Seabourn is offering two-for-one cruise fares with included round-trip air, or cruise-only fares featuring savings up to 65 percent. The promotion is valid for Seabourn voyages in Europe departing between June and November 2010. Nine-to-12-day voyages on the new Seabourn Sojourn in Northern Europe start from $4,999 cruise-only or $6,400 with inclusive air. Inclusive air is available from 40 North American gateways. Certain other restrictions apply.
For more information, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit .
 Yachts of Seabourn Backgrounder:
·         Six intimate yachts carrying just 104 or 225 couples
·         Unique itineraries visiting iconic ports and less-traveled destinations where larger ships cannot follow
·         Intuitive staff sharing a genuine passion to serve and please guests
·         Spacious all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views – many with verandas
·         Gourmet cuisine as fine as the best restaurants on land
·         Fine wines poured with lunch and dinner and open bars throughout the voyage




Cruise News You can Bank On

patti_on_silverseaYour Savvy Seafarer (shown here on Silversea) loves touring Europe by ship, and has covered it north to south, east to west. I’ve sailed Scandinavia through  fabulous fijords,  cruised the shores of the sexy French Rivieria, and pretty much covered the world by sea. There’s nothing like a European cruise vacation.  You get to visit lots of places and only need pack and unpack once.  And if you do it right you fly First Class to your destination and then lounge in style in a  fabulous suite on a luxury ship like the Yachts of Seabourn, Silversea or Crystal. And if you can afford to sail the very best, then book top cabin on any ship, bigger is always better, especially the suites on Princess Cruises….

 And to lure you….

seabournoThe Yachts of Seabourn …now offers up to 18 percent off optional pre- and post-cruise extensions that, combined with enhanced savings on its cruise fares in Europe this year,  makes cruising Europe more enticing than ever.  The lower prices are available for stays from July through November in 10 European cities.

The rate reductions vary by city and property from about 9 to 18 percent and include accommodation at nifty spots like the Gritti Palace and the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice; the Grand Bretagne and the King George Palace in Athens and the Excelsior in Rome. Seabourn’s bundled extensions include full American breakfasts, transfer between the hotel and the pier, staffed hospitality desks, all taxes and service charges (including V.A.T.) and porterage.

In addition, Seabourn is offering new private show excursions.

The Yachts of Seabourn will have four vessels cruising in Europe in 2009. Seabourn Pride will be based in Northern Europe for most of the season, sailing round trip from Copenhagen to Scandinavia, Russia and the Norwegian Fjords. Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend will be sailing in the Adriatic Sea and along the French and Italian Rivieras, respectively. The industry’s first new ultra luxury ship in over six years, Seabourn Odyssey, debuts on June 24 at Venice and sails in the Greek Isles, Turkey and the Black Sea throughout the summer, before crossing to the Americas in the autumn. Fares for an array of 2009 voyages have been reduced by 50 to 65 percent, with all-inclusive fares starting from $2,999 per person for seven days, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite.

Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391, .The iconic wonders of the ancient world, the continent’s bustling cities and the majestic beauty found along dramatic coastlines will be showcased with Princess Cruises’ just-announced 2010 Europe program, which offers an unprecedented choice in itineraries and departure dates on six ships.