~RECENTLY COMPLETED IN 2010~
Best of the Mediterranean Kosher Cruise
Cruise the Mediterranean and you will experience Europe the way it is meant to be experienced-- On a Glatt Kosher gourmet cruise that visits some of the most thrilling cities in the Mediterranean -- Rome, Barcelona, Cannes, La Valleta, Trapani, and Santa Margerita. A classic cruise in every sense of the word.
Best of the Mediterranean Kosher Cruise
aboard the Holland America: ms Noordam
July 26 - August 2, 2010 (7 Nights - Kosher Cruise)
|Mon., Jul. 26||Barcelona, Spain||DEPARTS||5:00 pm|
|Tues., Jul. 27||Cannes, France||10:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Wed., Jul. 28||Santa Margherita, Italy||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Thurs., Jul. 29||Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy||7:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Fri., Jul. 30||Trapani, Italy||10:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Sat., Jul. 31||La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia||7:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Sun., Aug. 1||... At Sea|
|Mon., Aug. 2||Barcelona, Spain||7:00 am||ARRIVAL|
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C R U I S E S H I P I N F O R M A T I O N
ms Noordam ... Holland America's newest Vista Class ship
The ms Noordam, which is the first ship to be launched with the full complement of Signature of Excellence enhancements, exemplifies the classic style of the golden age of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements. In addition to excellent service and an incredible range of elegant dining choices, the ms Noordam has over 50 scheduled shipboard activities allowing you to do as much or as little as you please. Highlight features aboard the ship include:
- Elegant private dining space for gourmet Glatt Kosher food made fresh daily
- Private rooms for Jewish concerts, entertainment, daf yomis, lectures, mixers, and special Jewish functions
- Magnificent social room with stunning views for private Shabbat services
- 85 percent of all staterooms have ocean views, 67 percent of all staterooms have verandas
- Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times, featuring the largest library at sea, as well as comfortable music listening stations and Internet access
- The Greenhouse Spa & Salon - your spa at sea - featuring thermal suites and a magnificent hydrotherapy pool
- The Vista Lounge, featuring Las Vegas style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians, and variety acts
- The Crows Nest, where sweeping views make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxing during the day.
- Expanded Club HAL featuring programs for kids ages 3 to 12
Ship's Registry The Netherlands
Passenger capacity 1,918
Crew members 800
Gross tonnage 82,500 grt.
Length 935 feet
Beam 105.8 feet
Maximum speed 24 knots
- Lavish Las Vegas style production shows created by a production team with more Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar nominations than any other cruise line
- Award winning headliner entertainment including vocalists, illusionists and comedians
- After-dinner production shows typically start at 8:15pm (first show) and 10:15pm (second show), unless there is a special event scheduled later in the evening - in which case the two performances are "flipped" with the second show first at 6:45pm before dinner
IN THE LOUNGES
- Ocean Bar for cocktails and music
- Crow's Nest, inviting observation lounge
- Explorer's Lounge for after-dinner classic music
- The Piano Bar sing along as the piano man plays the hits
- Queen's Lounge, a lounge/theater venue on the Noordam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam and Westerdam
- The Sports Bar catch the action on ESPN International via satellite*
- Blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, slots
- Mega Slot Tournament with complimentary champagne after 11:00 p.m.
- Complimentary gaming lessons at the beginning of each cruise
AT THE MOVIES
- Recent-release movies in the movie theatre
- Complimentary hot buttered popcorn at the door
- Vast movie library for private in-suite viewing
S C H O L A R I N R E S I D E N C E
Rabbi Marvin Hier
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Los Angeles, CA
In 1977, Rabbi Hier came to Los Angeles to create the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named in honor of famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. Under his leadership, the Center has become one of the foremost Jewish human rights agencies in the world, with a constituency of more than 400,000 families, and offices throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, Israel and Argentina. In 1993, an article in the Los Angeles Times noted that Rabbi Hier had made the Wiesenthal Center, "the most visible Jewish organization in the world" and, in 2007, an article in Newsweek named him the "number one most influential rabbi in America."
The Center's educational arm, The Museum of Tolerance, opened in February 1993 to worldwide acclaim. Founded to challenge visitors to confront bigotry and racism and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts, the Museum hosts over a half million visitors a year, including 110,000 students. Because of the success of its diversity training programs, the New York Tolerance Center opened in Manhattan in February 2004. The Wiesenthal Center is also in the process of creating the Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem, a 400,000 square foot site located in the heart of the city.
Rabbi Hier is the founder of Moriah, the Center's documentary film division, and has been the recipient of two Academy Awards™.
Noted for his powerful oratory, his views on issues of the day are regularly sought by the international media and his editorials have appeared in newspapers across the United States. Rabbi Hier meets regularly with world leaders to discuss the Center's agenda - a wide range of issues including worldwide antisemitism and hate, the resurgence of neo-Nazism and international terrorism, standing with Israel, defending the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaching the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.
In 1992 and again in 2003, Rabbi Hier keynoted historic conferences on antisemitism and the struggle for tolerance which were co-sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the Wiesenthal Center, both convened at UNESCO's international headquarters in Paris. In 2005, Rabbi Hier led a delegation to the Vatican to participate in a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI to urge him to lead a "Coalition of Good" to combat Iranian threats, suicide bombers and international terrorism. "The greatest threat to mankind comes not from secularists and atheists, but from religious fanatics and zealots," he said. In 2003, he met with Pope John Paul II. At the private audience, he spoke about the worldwide threat of antisemitism and terrorism and the Center's campaign to make suicide bombing a crime against humanity. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, his dialogue with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl led to a critical debate on German reunification and the need for "deutsche memory."
As founder of Moriah Films, Rabbi Hier has been the recipient of two Academy Awards - in 1997 as co-producer of The Long Way Home and in 1981, as co-producer and co-writer for Genocide. He has also written and co-produced the award-winning Echoes That Remain, Liberation, In Search of Peace, Unlikely Heroes, Beautiful Music, and Ever Again. Moriah ‘s latest production, I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal, is a riveting documentary on Mr. Wiesenthal, narrated by Academy Award™-winning actress Nicole Kidman. The film premiered in Jerusalem, was an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival, and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the LA Film Festival, the Seattle Film Festival, and at the Viennale (Vienna Film Festival). I Have Never Forgotten You was the recipient of the 2007 Cinevegas Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary Feature.
Under his direction, the Center has served as consultant to Steven Spielberg's epic Schindler's List and ABC Television's miniseries adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel, War and Remembrance, among others. Rabbi Hier is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He is the recipient of an honorary degree and many awards - among them, a Doctorate from Yeshiva University (2004) and France's Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Merite (1993).
Rabbi Yehoram Ulman
Rabbi Yehoram Ulman has served as a Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of a large community in Sydney Australia since 1986. He and his wife Shternie had been sent there as emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rabbi Ulman heads an organization called FREE (Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe) which is responsible in connecting thousands of immigrants from the former Soviet Union to their Jewish roots.
Rabbi Ulman also serves as a Dayan on the Sydney Beis Din and is the immediate Past President of the Rabbinical Council of NSW.
Rabbi Ulman has received simcha for Rabbonus (Yore Yore) as well as Dayonus (Yodin Yodin) from world renowned authorities including Rabbi Pinchos Hirschprung zt”l and yblch’t Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg shlit’a.
In his capacity as a Dayan, Rabbi Ulman regularly gives unique lectures and talks for Rabbonim, Yeshiva and Kollel students, as well as lay people, on the many diverse shayles and halachic matters that he deals with. These include topics such as geyrus (conversion), gitten (divorces), mamzeirus and possible solutions, halachic requirement in IVF and other fertility issues and many other subjects which are both topical and scholarly.
Rabbi Ulman has been consulted by Australia’s Attorney-General for his views on suggested changes to the Family Law Act and by the Australian Cabinet for halachic outlook on stem cell research.
For Yiddish lovers Rabbi Ulman often delivers talks and Shiurim in fluent Yiddish.
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. Costa Cruise Lines 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.
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, Costa has arranged a variety of shore excursion 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 visiting www.costacruises.com and 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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