Baltics Kosher Cruise
aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines: Star
August 14-23, 2013 (9 Nights - Kosher Cruise)
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE:
RABBI ZEV MEIR FRIEDMAN
& CANTOR YAAKOV MOTZEN (see below)
|Wed., Aug. 14||Copenhagen, Denmark||Departs||5:00 pm|
|Thurs., Aug. 15||Warnemunde (Berlin) Germany||7:30 am||10:00 pm|
|Fri., Aug. 16||At Sea|
|Sat., Aug. 17||Tallinn, Estonia||9:00 am||5:30 pm|
|Sun., Aug. 18||St. Petersburg, Russia||8:00 am|
|Mon., Aug. 19||St. Petersburg, Russia||7:00 pm|
|Tues., Aug. 20||Helsinki, Finland||7:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Wed., Aug. 21||Stockholm, Sweden||8:00 am||4:00 pm|
|Thurs., Aug. 22||At Sea|
|Fri., Aug. 23||Copenhagen, Denmark||7:00 am||Arrives|
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Kosher Cruise Brochure
Norwegian Star blends the relaxed Freestyle Cruising concept with island time of the Caribbean with weekly departures from New Orleans. In the summer of 2013 Norwegian Star will cross the Atlantic to begin 9-day round-trip cruises to the Baltic capitals from Copenhagen, Denmark.
On board she features 14 delicious dining options, 9 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino, plus tons of fun for kids of every age. So whether it's relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, exploring Northern Europe or sipping margaritas in the Mexican Rivera, this ship offers it all.
Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman
Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman is Rosh HaYeshiva of Rambam Mesivta of Lawrence and its sister school Midreshet Shalhevet High School for Girls in North Woodmere . Rabbi Friedman received his rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva Bnei Torah and his D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, after graduating Brooklyn College.
He is a noted lecturer and maggid shiur in the Five Towns community and has served as a scholar in residence across the country. He is also noted for his leadership and activism on behalf of Jewish causes, leading demonstrations against former Nazis residing in the US, French acquiescence to anti-Semitism, Saudi support of terror, and supports a myriad of causes on behalf of Medinat Yisrael.
Major Cruise Questions
What is included in the price of my cruise?Virtually everything, with the exception of certain items of a personal nature, for which there is a fair and reasonable charge. Your cruise fare includes shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, standard meals, services and onboard entertainment.
What's not includedItems that are of a personal nature, for which there is a fair and reasonable charge. Not included in the cruise fare are items that are of a personal nature including gratuities, shore excursions, airfare, telephone calls, faxes, spa treatments, salon services, photographs, laundry and valet service as well as wine, liquor and other beverages.
Will I need a passport or visa?You are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and for complying with Customs and Immigration requirements. Guests with out proper travel documents will not be allowed to board the vessel. If for some reason you must leave the ship mid-cruise, you will be denied re-entry into the U.S. unless you possess a valid U.S. passport and no refund of cruise fare will be given to any guest failing to bring such documentation. All major cruise lines encourage all guests to obtain passports as soon as possible to avoid backlogs. For more information, please visit the U.S State department website at www.travel.state.gov.
Air TravelPassports will be required for any air travel from the Caribbean as of January 23, 2007. ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport.
Cruise TravelAs early as January 1st, 2008, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Mediterranean and North Europe Cruises:United States and Canadian citizens must have valid passports and necessary Visas. The expiration date of your passport must not occur within 6 months of the scheduled return date of travel. Naturalized U.S. citizens are advised to carry their naturalization papers. Aliens who are residents of the U.S. must carry their Alien Registration Card and passport. All others must have valid passports and necessary visas.
Please check current visa requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates.
What clothing should I pack?Most of the time, you'll feel comfortable in casual resort wear including light cotton clothing. Sweaters, lightweight jackets, raincoats and hats are also appropriate for Northern Europe. Tennis shoes or low-heeled walking shoes are recommended for exploring the ports of call. While most shore excursions do not have dress codes, some tours specifically prohibit shorts and sleeveless shirts, and require ladies to wear knee-length skirts or slacks.
There is usually two formal galas to which ladies will wish to wear long gowns or cocktail-length dresses; gentlemen may choose either tuxedos or dark suits. Number of formal nights may vary depending on cruise length and itinerary. On other evenings, resort attire is the norm.
What is the climate like?Temperatures in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean (April through October) average 14 - 31 degrees Celsius; 57 - 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, they may vary.
Temperatures in Caribbean: (November - April) average 72-85 degrees. Of course, they may vary.
Temperatures in South America: (December - March) average 71-84 degrees. Of course, they may vary.
Can I phone home?Ship-to-shore telephone service is available 24 hours a day while the ship is at sea or in port from your stateroom. You'll find a telephone and dialing instructions in your stateroom.
If you need to be reached by people at home, have them call or fax the ship directly; or they can contact you via email through your own Internet Service Provider which you can then access via the Internet Café.
Is internet service available?You can send and receive emails through your own service provider in the Internet Café for a nominal charge.
How do I plan my on-shore activities?Naturally, you are free to explore many of the ports of call on your own, however, a variety of shore excursion are arranged for you convenience. Each excursion is carefully researched by our Shore Excursion Staff to ensure your experience ashore is as enriching and enjoyable as your stay aboard. You may pre-book your excursions online by selecting Personalize Your Cruise. You will need to enter your booking number and your name as it appears on your reservation. The excursion selected will be debited to you onboard account . Or, if you prefer, you may purchase the shore excursion onboard at the Shore Excursion Desk. Shore Excursions are subject to availability and not available on all ships and sail dates.
What about laundry and dry cleaning services?Complete valet services including laundry, pressing and dry cleaning, can be arranged through your stateroom steward/stewardess and billed to your shipboard account.
You are responsible for obtaining all travel documents as well as compliance with Customs and Immigration requirements. You will be required to comply with all government imposed security measures, which may change without notice.
All passengers are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and for complying with Customs and Immigration requirements.
Please check current VISA requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates prior to departing on your cruise vacation. Kosherica is providing this application for your convenience.
Kosherica is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided herein. Please contact www.visahq.com with any questions.
Guests without proper travel documents will not be allowed to board the vessel. If for some reason you must leave the ship mid-cruise, you will be denied re-entry into the U.S. unless you possess a valid U.S. passport and no refund of cruise fare will be given to any guest failing to bring such documentation. Kosherica encourages all guests to obtain passports as soon as possible to avoid backlogs. For more information, please visit the U.S State department website at www.travel.state.gov.
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