Kosher Cruise Information

Welcome to Kosherica, the Leader in the Glatt Kosher Cruise and Tour Industry. For over 15 years we have pleased more Jewish Travelers than all other cruise and tour companies combined. We pledge a commitment to the Jewish community to provide five star Glatt Kosher, Chalov Yisroel Pas Yisroel cuisine on the world’s most respected cruises, cruise lines and resorts.

You’ll find that our Glatt Kosher vacations are land or floating resorts offering every comfort, convenience and amenity that one could imagine. You can lie back and be completely pampered. On every Kosher cruise we offer, you can go non-stop enjoying one great show after another; dine like never before, try your luck in the lively casino -- or just be pampered in stunning spas. Welcome aboard the Glatt Kosher Cruise and Tour of a lifetime. We look forward to being your guide on this magnificent Glatt Kosher adventure.

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Glatt Kosher Dining
New Passport Requirements
Carry-on Baggage
Clothing & Dress Code
Packing Advice
Laundry Service
Currency & Exchange
Shipboard Account
Communications
Last Minute Tips


Glatt Kosher Dining

When evening falls and candlelight glows, you will dine on our Glatt Kosher (Cholov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel) award winning gourmet cuisine prepared under the strict supervision of the MGK (Maritime Glatt Kosher). Under the guidance of world-renowned Master Chefs, our culinary delights are made from scratch and seasoned with fresh herbs. Our dramatic two-story main restaurant presents soaring ocean views, soft music, and exquisite setting of china, white linen and crystal--with attentive yet unobtrusive service from our European-trained staff.

Morning may bring a delicious breakfast cuisine with a variety of hot and cold dishes and appetizing gourmet buffet display in a special dining room area reserved especially for Kosherica guests.

In the afternoon you can savor the views along with delicate finger sandwiches at our Elegant Tea.

And to ensure that you don't go to sleep hungry we invite you to our midnight nash featuring a variety of fruits, finger sandwiches and irresistible freshly baked pastries.
 

New Passport Requirements

Very important! Please read the following information regarding changes to passport requirements. These changes impact U.S. Citizens and non-U.S. Citizens. For more information, please see the U.S. State Department website for passport information. Expired passports are not acceptable.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND CARRYING A PASSPORT VALID FOR SIX MONTHS BEYOND THE DURATION OF YOUR TRAVEL.
U.S. and Canadian citizens: Beginning on January 23, 2007, with the implementation of the first phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all persons, including citizens of the United States, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have and carry a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States by air. This is an important new requirement for our cruise guests booked on Alaska and Eastern Canada/New England cruise itineraries. In addition, this new requirement will also impact our Canadian guests that travel by air to or from any of our U.S. embarkation ports. The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory are not considered to have left the United States and do not need to present a passport.

As of February 1, 2008, U.S. citizens may apply to the Department of State for the new U.S. Passport Card, which may be used only for arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Mexico at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry. THE NEW CARD MAY NOT BE USED FOR TRAVEL BY AIR. For more information, please see the U.S. State Department website.

Kosherica cruises recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport during their cruise. This will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to meet their ship at the first port should they miss their scheduled embarkation and allow guests that must disembark the ship before their cruise ends due to an emergency to fly back to the U.S without significant delays and complications.

In 2008, the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will go into effect. The actual date of implementation has not been set; as of the date of this writing it is anticipated to occur in the summer of 2008. Once implemented, all persons, including citizens of the United States, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have and carry a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States by air, land or sea.

For more information and implementation dates, please visit www.travel.state.gov/passport or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TYY at 1-888-874-7793. Prior to the final implementation date, U.S. and Canadian citizens may travel without a passport on itineraries that do not require re-entry to the U.S. by air. In these cases, all U.S. and Canadian citizens must carry the following documents as proof of citizenship for travel within the western hemisphere countries listed above: 1) picture identification issued by an official government agency AND an original or certified copy of birth certificate from the state or province of your birth; or 2) picture identification issued by an official government agency AND a U.S. or Canadian Naturalization Certificate.

For travel outside of the western hemisphere countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens must have and carry a passport valid for six months beyond the duration of the cruise.

Non-U.S./non-Canadian citizens: You must have and carry a passport valid for six months beyond the duration of the cruise. Please carefully verify the existing identification requirements for your particular travel situation. In addition, non-U.S. citizens who have previously been admitted to the United States for permanent residence must carry their Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), commonly known as a Green Card. Resident aliens not in possession of this must obtain one at the nearest office of the U.S. Immigration Service.

Visas: Some countries require that you obtain official authorization (called a visa) before entering the country. Usually there is a fee required. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If your itinerary requires a visa prior to boarding, Holland America Line will send a visa information letter to your travel agent. The visa letter will have information for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Citizens of other countries should contact the nearest representative embassies or consulates for the proper information.

Non-U.S. or -Canadian citizens may be required to hold a Canadian visa when traveling to Alaska or Canada. Please visit the Canadian government website at http://canada.gc.ca to verify your nationality's requirements.

Schengen visa holders (applies to those EU-member citizens only): New requirements pertaining to proof of medical insurance coverage have been adopted for all Schengen visa holders. This requirement does not apply to U.S. or Canadian citizens. All guests should keep themselves advised of changes in government requirements. If you have questions about visa requirements, call Zierer Visa Service at 866-788-1100 or local 202-745-4470. You may also choose to send an e-mail message to: info@zvs.com or visit their website at: www.zvs.com.

MACHINE-READABLE PASSPORTS
Effective June 26, 2005, travelers from the 27 countries participating in the United States' Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States.

If you are in possession of a passport issued by any of the 27 countries listed below, please contact the passport issuing authority to ensure that you are in possession of a machine-readable passport.

The 27 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Additional information regarding the Visa Waiver Program is available online at www.dhs.gov.

Please note that boarding may be denied to travelers from VWP countries that do not have machine-readable passports.
 

Travel Restrictions

- People with medical conditions are asked to consult a doctor before sailing/ booking a cruise.
- Children under 6 months are not permitted on a Caribbean cruise.
- Children under 1 are not permitted on a Transatlantic cruise.
 

Carry-on Baggage

Use a carry-on bag. Keep your travel documents, identification, medication, jewelry, camera, film, cash and other valuables with you at all times.
Do not pack your passport, medications, cruise documents or airline tickets in your checked luggage. (Remember that checked luggage might not be accessible at all times.) Keep these items close at hand in your purse or jacket pocket. We also strongly suggest that you carry or otherwise keep with you important items such as perishables, cash, credit or debit cards, jewelry, gold, silver or similar valuables, securities, financial instruments, records or other valuable or business documents, laptop computers, cellular telephones, cameras, or other video or electronic equipment, hearing aids, electric wheelchairs, scooters, binoculars, film, videotape, computer disks, audio disks, tapes or CDs.


Clothing & Dress Code

The right clothing can make a big difference in the enjoyment of your cruise. First and foremost, dress for comfort. Daily life aboard ship and in ports of call is relaxed and casual. Warmer climates call for clothing made of lightweight, breathable fabrics. For cooler climates, we suggest casual clothes that can be layered easily and possibly a raincoat and waterproof hat or umbrella and gloves. Certain shore excursions may require particular attention to clothing. For example places of worship, may not allow tank tops or short pants. You may wish to bring more than one outfit for the water. We ask that you wear shoes and a cover-up when walking through the interior of the ship. If you would like to jog on the sports deck or work out in the fitness center, bring workout gear. Footwear should include comfortable walking shoes for visits ashore and sandals or rubber-soled shoes for strolling on deck.

Each night a daily program will be delivered to your stateroom announcing the suggested dress for the following evening.

Evening dress falls into two distinct categories: Formal or Smart Casual. Smart Casual can be defined as slacks and sports shirt or sweater for men and skirt or trousers and sweater or blouse for women. T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants or public areas during the evening hours. On festive Formal evenings, ladies usually wear a cocktail dress or gown and gentlemen usually wear a suit and tie or tuxedo. There are approximately two formal nights per week.

Packing Advice

Kosherica cautions against the use of garment bags with hanger hooks protruding from the top. We also suggest that you consider placing articles in clear plastic bags inside your luggage to minimize handling by airport security screeners. Pack shoes on top of other contents in your luggage to expedite the screening process. Finally, make sure that you label the inside of your carry-on and checked luggage with your name and contact information. Bear in mind that the screening process for any point of embarkation is similar to that at an airport. As such, all weapons and dangerous devices are prohibited and may result in denied boarding. For complete, updated information regarding travel, please check the official website of the Transportation Security Administration.

Please Note: Firearms, explosives, fireworks and illegal drugs of any kind are prohibited without exception. Important: Do not pack your passport, medications, cruise documents or airline tickets in your checked luggage. (Remember that checked luggage might not be accessible at all times.) Keep these items close at hand in your purse or jacket pocket. We also strongly suggest that you carry or otherwise keep with you important items such as perishables, cash, credit or debit cards, jewelry, gold, silver or similar valuables, securities, financial instruments, records or other valuable or business documents, laptop computers, cellular telephones, cameras, or other video or electronic equipment, hearing aids, electric wheelchairs, scooters, binoculars, film, videotape, computer disks, audio disks, tapes or CDs.

Packing for an Alaska Cruise or CruiseTour with Holland America Line

The experts at Holland America Line, the largest and most experienced Alaska travel company, have some tips on packing when you're headed north on a cruise or cruise tour.

Southeast Alaska

On an Inside Passage cruise you will be traveling along the protected waterways of Southeast Alaska, also known as "the Panhandle." The weather here is temperate, with summertime highs usually between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, climbing occasionally into the 70s and 80s

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General Packing for Your Kosher Cruise

Alaska is casual, but be prepared to dress for dinners (see Dinner Dress below). The best approach is to bring clothes that can be layered: more layers for cooler, windier weather, fewer layers for warm, dry days.
Be sure to also bring:
  • A lightweight, waterproof coat or jacket, as well as a sweater or warm vest for strolling the decks of the ship and for glacier viewing
  • A warm hat and gloves
  • Men may want to add an extra pair of slacks, but they'll find that the same basic dress theme works for them, too (there is no place in Alaska a man cannot go in a sport coat and slacks. Also, a dark suit is appropriate for dinner on board ship)
  • Sturdy walking shoes for every day use (two pairs are suggested) both leather, to stand up to rain if necessary, and a pair with a good arch support
  • One or two pairs of dress shoes to accompany your dinner outfit

Dinner Dress

There are three casual, two informal and two formal evenings on every seven-day cruise.
Informal nights - sport jackets for men and casual attire or skirts for women
Formal nights - jacket and tie required or tuxedo suggested for men, cocktail dress or gown for women
Please note: Your daily program will contain a notice of the dress for each evening. Jeans, t-shirts, hats, shorts, tank tops, swimwear and workout attire are not permitted in the dining room at any time, but are allowed in the Lido restaurant. Not sure what to wear? While on ship, contact the cruise director or other cruise staff at the Front Desk and they will gladly offer advice.

Exercise Clothes

If you're a fitness fan or just like to stroll around the decks be sure to pack your exercise clothes. There are aerobics classes on the ships, treadmills, exercise bikes and other equipment in the fitness center on board each ship. The free Passport to Fitness program has the added fun of a reward at the end of the cruise for participating in onboard activities. Be sure to bring your running or aerobics shoes, swimsuit and a cover-up (for lounging, if not for warming up).

Items You Probably Won't Need

  • Bulky or winter-weight sweaters or jackets
  • Rain boots and long underwear (outfitters throughout Alaska provide special gear needed for their activities, such as warm "moon boots" for walking on glaciers, waterproof rainwear, boots and life vests for river rafting or sea kayaking)

Don't Forget To Take On Your Kosher Cruise:

  • Be sure to take toiletries and prescriptions for both medication and eye glasses to aid in replacement in the unlikely event they become misplaced
  • A travel alarm clock (although wake-up calls are offered on all Holland America Line cruises)
  • Binoculars if you enjoy bird watching or would like a closer look at wildlife and glaciers
  • Your camera film is available just about everywhere you will visit

Laundry Service

Holland America Line has laundry service, dry cleaning and pressing service on all ships.
  • There are self-serve laundry rooms complete with ironing boards and irons (laundry soap is available for purchase) on all ships but the Vista Class Oosterdam, Westerdam, Noordam and Zuiderdam
  • Self-service laundry facilities also are available at many of the hotels at which cruise tour passengers stay
Additional Holland America Line vessels will be equipped with the service in late 2007 and throughout 2008.
Please note the following general information about Signature Express Baggage Service:
  • Guests are able to check no more than 2 pieces of luggage.
  • Upgrade Requests, Seat Assignment Requests, and Flight Changes cannot be accommodated onboard.
  • There are restrictions established for each homeport city.
  • Restrictions include: participating airlines, earliest and latest flight times, and citizenship requirements.
  • All flights must be Domestic (inclusive of U.S. Territories).
  • In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada all flights must be bound for the U.S.
Those guests not participating in the Signature Express Baggage Service should expect the following: Upon disembarking the ship, all luggage will be organized in the disembarkation hall by color/number order. Once you have been invited to exit the ship please come to find your color/number group and claim your bags. There will be a limited number of porters available, but individual carts will not be available. Please exit the building with all family members and luggage, as re-entry is not permitted.

Currency & Exchange

On board our ships, U.S. dollars is the only currency accepted. We also accept U.S. traveler’s checks. A currency exchange service will be available for selected itineraries, such as our European and World Cruise programs. In most ports of call you may easily exchange your US dollars into the local currency at banks, airports and major hotels. In many countries, you can use your ATM card to obtain local currency. Most locations will accept major credit cards and some will even accept U.S. dollars. If you choose to use U.S. dollars, carry smaller denominations - ones, fives, tens and twenties.
Please note: Foreign currencies cannot be accepted or exchanged by the Front Office.  

Communications

Internet & E-mail Access

Guests can connect to the internet on each ship in the cruise  either by the Internet Café located on board. You will be able to receive electronic mail in real-time, via satellite link 24 hours a day, satellite conditions permitting. In addition, there is dial-up available in staterooms on the ms Westerdam, ms Zuiderdam, ms Oosterdam and ms Noordam.

Holland America Line has even set up your very own Cruise-mail address for you to use. We also have an Internet Manager on board to assist you. There is a charge for these services.

Your Cruise-mail address:
Your first initial + last name + your four (4) digit cabin number (with no spaces in between) + @"shipname".cruisemail.net. For ships without a 4-digit stateroom number, add an extra zero before your stateroom number (i.e. stateroom 038 would be 0038).

Example:
John Smith, in Cabin 0038 on the ms Rotterdam, - His CruisE-mail address will be: jsmith0038@rotterdam.cruisemail.net

Mobile Phones on Holland America

Through an agreement with SeaMobile, a leading provider of satellite-based broadband services, Holland America Line lets you take advantage of your wireless devices while at sea. Using your own mobile phone and telephone number, you can make and receive calls to and from fellow travelers who are on the ship, and friends and family who are far away on land. If you currently have the service through your home provider, you can also send and receive text messages. Other available wireless services include use of PDAs, such as your Blackberry.®

All billing for calls made while on the SeaMobile network are billed as a roaming charge on the regular carrier's invoice. Charges appear as "SeaMobile Roaming Charges".

The use of the service requires compatible wireless/mobile phones or devices and qualified wireless service with a home mobile service provider that has a roaming agreement with SeaMobile.

Availability of service is not guaranteed; it depends on the participation of your home mobile service provider and service permissions. Prepaid phone plans are not supported. If your phone does not work, please check with your home provider. Other restrictions and limitations may apply.

Webcams

Holland America Line does not publish webcam information online.

Telephone, Fax & Mail

Holland Telephone
Direct ship-to-shore telephones are provided in each guest stateroom. You may easily place a call to friends, relatives or business associates during your cruise, reception permitting. Similarly, friends and family in the U.S. and Canada may contact Holland America ships by direct-dialing the following number:

1-866-HAL-SHIP (1-866-425-7447)
Callers should have the ship name, party name and the cabin number ready before dialing. Those at home may also dial each ship directly by dialing the International Access # (011 from the U.S.), Ocean Code # and Ship #.

Ocean Codes:
Pacific Ocean Region 872 Alaska & Pacific
Atlantic Ocean West 874 Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South America
Atlantic Ocean East 871 Europe, Africa, and Mediterranean
Indian Ocean Region 873

Ship Numbers:
ms Amsterdam 324-437-011
ms Maasdam 130-2513
ms Noordam 324-602-821
ms Oosterdam 324-541-710
ms Prinsendam 324-412-610
ms Rotterdam 324-616-710
ms Ryndam 130-2562
ms Statendam 130-2515
ms Veendam 330-943-511
ms Volendam 324-596-816
ms Westerdam 324-412-810
ms Zaandam 324-644-212
ms Zuiderdam 324-530-410

For example: someone calling from the U.S. to the ms Amsterdam in Alaska would dial: 011-872-324-437-011.

Please note: All phone calls, whether inbound or outbound, are charged a satellite tariff. Outbound calling rates are posted near your cabin telephone and will be billed to your on-board account. These charges are applied to ALL calls including calls to 800, 877 and 888 numbers. Please do not use a credit card or phone card; your on-board account will be billed in addition to the cost of the phone card or charges to your credit card. Collect calls are not possible from the ship.

Costa Telephone
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 Center.
 
 
 
Satellite area  
Code
SNAC (Single Network Access Code)
Tel./Fax 00870 (Dubai and the Emirates, Transatlantic cruises)
EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
Tel./Fax 00871 (Mediterranean, North Europe, South America and Transatlantic cruises)
PACIFIC OCEAN
Tel./Fax 00872 (Far East)
INDIAN OCEAN
Tel./Fax 00873 (Far East)
WEST ATLANTIC OCEAN
Tel./Fax 00874 (Caribbean and South America)
  
Ship
Telephone
Fax
COSTA ROMANTICA IBCR
324798187
324798188
COSTA CLASSICA ICIC
324798182
324798184
COSTA ALLEGRA ICRA
324798190
324798193
COSTA VICTORIA IBLC
324798199
324798214
324798197
COSTA ATLANTICA IBLQ
324798083
324798090
324798085 324798092
COSTA EUROPA IBCE
324799292
324799295
COSTA FORTUNA IBNY
324799770
324799780
324799776
COSTA MEDITERRANEA IBCF
324799684
324799679
324799685
COSTA MAGICA IBQQ
764029390
764021467
764029391
COSTA CONCORDIA IBHD
764604939
764604943
324700542
COSTA MARINA IBCN
324798229
324798232
COSTA SERENA ICAZ
761114781
761114785
761114779
 

Fax

Facsimile service is available on board. Please contact the Front Office for cost and other information if you wish to take advantage of this service. Additional communication instructions can be found in your travel documents or on board the vessel in your cabin information directory.

Mail

Letters and postcards may be mailed from the ship while in ports of call. Guests may buy stamps in port or purchase them with U.S. cash from the Front Office. All mail is subject to local postal office procedures and rates in the port mailed.
Last Minute Tips
 
  • Reconfirm your airline reservation and flight departure time 24 hours prior to leaving home. If, on the day of sailing, you find that your flight will be delayed beyond your ship’s departure time, please contact Costa Cruises.
  • A lot of luggage looks the same. Attach a colored ribbon to each of your bags to make them easier to find.
  • When packing clothing attire, keep in mind that most of the time you’ll feel comfortable in casual resort wear including light cotton clothing or swimwear and a beach robe for covering up indoors. Tennis or low-heeled walking shoes are recommended for exploring ports of call. For Northern Europe sailings, sweaters, lightweight jackets and raincoats are appropriate. On formal nights, ladies may wear evening gowns or cocktail-length dresses; gentlemen may choose dark suits or tuxedos. On other evenings, gentlemen generally wear sport coats and slacks, while ladies wear resort attire. There are laundry and valet services available onboard for a nominal fee, so don’t bring more than you need.
  • When you arrive at the cruise terminal, keep your cruise documents handy in your carry-on bag. When checking in, you will need to present your cruise documents, along with your proof of citizenship and completed Passenger Declaration Form to the Costa reception desk.
  • Soon after you have boarded the ship is a good time to book your favorite spa treatment as the most popular ones fill up fast.
  • If you plan to arrive a few hours before the ship’s departure, you will find a delicious Welcome Aboard Buffet waiting for you.
  • When in port, remember that other countries may be more conservative than your own. When leaving the ship, dressing with casual elegance will show respect for other cultures.







Disclaimer: Cruise Kosher suggests the top Kosher Cruise Agents and is not responsible for bookings made with those companies.

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