2017-2018 Baltics Kosher Cruises | Iceland/Scotlandthe Baltics from Kosherica

Iceland/Scotland Kosher Cruise
aboard the MSC: Meraviglia

July 29 - August 9, 2018 (11 Nights - Kosher Cruise)


  SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE:
  RABBI DR. LAIBL WOLF
   (see below)



  Click HERE for more information on the Amazing MSC Meraviglia

Itinerary

 

DAY

PORT

ARRIVE

DEPART

Sun., Jul. 29 Hamburg 8:00 pm
Mon., Jul. 30 At Sea
Tues., Jul. 31 Shetland Is., UK 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed., Aug. 1 At Sea
Thurs., Aug. 2 Reykjavik 1:00 pm
Fri., Aug. 3 Reykjavik 6:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 4 Isafjordur 7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sun., Aug. 5 Akureyri 7:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon., Aug. 6 At Sea
Tues., Aug. 7 Invergordon, UK 1:00 pm 8:00 pm
Wed., Aug. 8 At Sea
Thurs., Aug. 9 Hamburg 6:00 am
 
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2018 Iceland/Scotland Kosher Cruise

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Accommodations

Select the Cabin Category you would like, and then scroll to the bottom of this form to select the number of travelers and submit it.

Inside

   
Cat. Description Price
Inside Queen bed or 2 single beds, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower.
Air-conditioned, interactive TV, mini bar, telephone, and safe.
Stateroom is approximately 172 sq. ft.
Accommodates up to 2 guests.
Cat.: Description: Price:
I1 $4,740

Cat.: Description: Price:
I2 $4,850


Oceanview

   
Cat. Description Price
Oceanview Queen bed or 2 single beds, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower or bathtub, and sitting area.
Air-conditioned, interactive TV, mini bar, telephone, and safe.
Stateroom is approximately 161 - 194 sq. ft.
Accomodates up to 4 guests.
Cat.: Description: Price:
O1 $5,155

Cat.: Description: Price:
O2 $5,265


Verandah

   
Cat. Description Price
Verandah Queen bed or 2 single beds, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower or bathtub, and sitting area.
Air-conditioned, interactive TV, mini bar, telephone, and safe.
Stateroom is approximately 205 sq. ft., plus a balcony.
Accomodates up to 4 guests.
Cat.: Description: Price:
B1 $5,630

Cat.: Description: Price:
B2 $5,740

Cat.: Description: Price:
B3 $6,130




• Rates are subject to change without notice.
• All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
• Gratuities not included - unless indicated.
• $1000 per person deposit due at time of booking for regular cabins.
• Payment in full is due 90 days before sailing.
• Single rate is 170% in all categories.
• 3rd/4th person rate (all Categories) is $3150 (adult).
• Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
• These rates do not include port charges and taxes of $89.00
• Gratuities to be paid on board the ship.

For Non-Holiday sailings:
Regular cabins - Bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee per person until 100 days before sailing. Less than 100 days: 100% of total - no refund.
Suites - Bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee per person until 130 days before sailing. Less than 130 days: 100% of total - no refund.

For all Holiday sailings:
All cabins - Bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee per person until 130 days before sailing.
Less than 130 days: 100% of total - no refund.

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
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Copenhagen , Denmark
Denmark 's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200- year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor—Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.

Tallinn , Estonia
Medieval walls and towers still stand tall in Tallinn's Old Town. Stroll and shop along cobblestone streets, walk up to the Baroque palace in the Upper Town, look out over the red roofs to the Baltic below, drop in at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to find inspiration in the gleaming mosaics and icons. Crisp, gorgeous linen is a local specialty—find yours at a small store near the town hall square.

St. Petersburg
Bald eagles perch in the spruce and cedar trees of Sitka—often several to a branch. Russian Alaska is enthusiastically represented in a lively performance by the New Archangel Dancers. View holy paintings of the Czarist days, visit recuperating eagles at the rehabilitation center and hear the amazing story of the Cathedral fire and Sitka's mad flurry to save the church's icons and religious treasures.

Helsinki, Finland
Shaped by its bays and off-shore islands, Helsinki is one of Europe's most scenic capitals. Take an archipelago cruise, walk the esplanade shopping streets, hear a Sibelius concert, or tour across the Arctic Circle to Lapland, home of Santa Claus, reindeer and the Midnight Sun.

Stockholm, Sweden
There's so much to see in charming Stockholm, sprawled on 18 islands, often called the " Venice of the North." Cruise the sparkling waterways and navigate narrow, medieval streets. Watch the snappy changing of the guard at the Baroque Royal Palace and sail into Viking history with a visit to the awesome Vasa Museum.

Warnemunde/Berlin, Germany
Inseparable from its modern history, Berlin decidedly features it. In the former Soviet/American/British sectors are the Berlin Cathedral, Checkpoint Charlie, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the stunning Brandenburg Gate. In the Western sector, browse the lively Kurfurstendamm for snazzy clothing stores, delicate hand-painted porcelain and a enjoy a beer.

Arhus, Denmark
Step back to the Middle Ages in Old Town Arhus with its cobblestone streets and faultless renditions of half-timbered houses. Shop for unique Danish handcrafts near the port, explore the ruggedly beautiful Jutland Peninsula and its heathery hills, or indulge your inner child with a trip to the original (and still the best) Legoland.

Oslo, Norway
At the head of Oslofjord, Norway's handsome capital is the logical first stop in Scandinavia. Thor Heyerdahl's raft, Kon Tiki, recalls a voyage between Easter Island and Tahiti to prove a theory about the earliest colonization of Oceania. Watch the changing of the palace guard; ferry to the open-air Folke Museum with its 12th-century stave church.

Harwich, London
In the East Anglia countryside see the mill, bridge and medieval barns immortalized by landscape painter John Constable. Tour to London, shop stylish Knightsbridge, hop a double-decker bus.

 

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Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It's crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. The city's central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town).

Shetland Is., UK
Shetland, also called the Shetland Islands, is a subarctic archipelago that lies northeast of the island of Great Britain and forms part of Scotland, United Kingdom.

Reykjavik
Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country's capital and largest city. It's home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland's Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island's volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.

Isafjordur
Isafjordur is a town in the Westfjords region of northwest Iceland. It's known for its dramatic landscapes. The old town has wooden houses with corrugated tin roofs built by fishing merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Akureyri
Akureyri is a city at the base of Eyjafjordur Fjord in northern Iceland. There are views of the fjord from the forecourt. Nearby, the Akureyri Art Museum displays contemporary art from Iceland and farther afield. To the south are the Botanical Gardens, with specimens from across Iceland.

Invergordon, UK
Invergordon is a town and port in Easter Ross, in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland.

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MSC Meraviglia

The absolutely stunning Meraviglia ship launched on June 4, 2017. This superstar ship is the first Kosher cruise to voyage to Scotland and Iceland.On board you can enjoy outstanding Glatt Kosher food and out-of-this-world entertainment with new panoramic areas, an innovative ocean-view aft lounge, a two-deck "inside promenade" with a 5,000+ sq.ft. LED dome and a spectacular amusement area connected to an outdoor water park. After the itinerary please write: Features on the ship include interlinked "cluster cabins" for family groups, which allow up to three cabins to be opened up to accommodate up to 10 passengers, along with the line's first solo cabins, which will include a shared lounge space. The ship will also have the fleet's largest MSC Yacht Club -- a luxury area with key card access for high-paying passengers -- spanning three decks and will include 78 suites, 15 inside cabins and two apartments. The two apartment suites are designed with a large living room and two balconies, one of which is a large outdoor space that has a dining table for eating al fresco and a private whirlpool. It will also have duplex suites, its own solarium, swimming pool, lounge and restaurants. Entertainment The big-ticket news is Cirque de Soleil at sea, who will perform two exclusive shows six nights a week in a dedicated lounge -- The Carousel Lounge -- a circular performance space with a 180-degree circular glass wall, which will feature cutting-edge technology and special rigging, and capacity for up to 413 passengers. The shows include "Viaggio," which will take viewers into the mind of a passionate artist, using a combination of light and color effects, and "Sonor," in which dancers, acrobats and characters will perform to bold music and sounds. Each show will span 40 minutes. There are two ways to see the show. Prices are set at $17 (10 euros) per person for a drink and the performance, and $39 (35 euros) for dinner and a performance. Another showstopper is the Mediterranean-style indoor promenade, which features an 80-meter LED "sky" that changes throughout the day. It is the social hub of the ship, featuring shops, restaurants and bars. It is also home to the nightly parades, featuring the ship's onboard performers. The ship has a double-deck indoor amusement park and a double-deck aft lounge and entertainment space. Pools & Recreation The main pool on deck 15 will have a vibe similar to Miami’s South Beach. At approximately 25 meters long, it will have the most generous poolside space at sea. By night, the pool becomes a visual spectacle, illuminated with special lighting. There will be a 10 meter indoor pool with a magrodome that can be opened when the ship is in port or when the sun is shining. The Aft Pool on deck 16 offers views from the back of the ship, and at night it is transformed into a dance space. The ship will also have a large outdoor water park. Family For the first time on any MSC ship, all the facilities for families, children and teens are in one place in an amusement park and children's area. Features include the DOREMI Studio Lounge, a dedicated lounge for all family activities; and the DOREMI Tech Lab, a must for technology-minded kids; as well as facilities designed in partnership with the LEGO Group and Chicco.




RABBI DR. LAIBL WOLF

Rabbi Dr.  Laibl Wolf Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf LL.B M.Ed.Psych. D.Div.
- A Contemporary Mentor


Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf of Australia has been a worldwide teacher of spirituality for almost two generations. He draws upon contemporary positive psychology side by side with ancient spiritual wisdoms to create a unique synthesis of past and present, reshaping people's lives and values.

Having trained in law and psychology, he is an unusual blend of Hassidic Rabbi, therapist and teacher, sharing at Buddhist ashrams, wellness conferences, spiritual retreats and community centers. He has been described as 'a Jewish synthesis of Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Steven Covey'.

His own master remains the revered late Lubavitcher Rebbe obm from whom he received his life instructions. He has personally engaged with Dalai Lama and lists Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as a good friend and colleague. He was senior lecturer in Jewish spirituality at Melbourne University, Australia, and most recently founded Spiritgrow - The Josef Kryss Centre, a cutting edge personal growth training facility.

Laibl has pioneered mindfulness meditation training through the Kabbalistic approach of deep Kavanna, to assist with spiritual growth and emotion mastery. His series of meditation and self-mastery audio-visual training materials, are distributed internationally. He is the author of a best-seller, Practical Kabbalah (Three Rivers Press™ of Random House, Inc.) and has lectured in over 500 cities across the globe.

The son of Polish holocaust survivors, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Israel. While he journeys across all continents annually, he calls Australia his 'home'. He and his life partner and wife, Leah, have seven children and fifteen grandchildren at last count. Two of his sons have served as officers in the Israeli Defense Forces in elite units. One of his sons, Rabbi Menachem Wolf, is the director of the acclaimed Spiritgrow Centre in Melbourne where Laibl serves as its Dean.


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 included

Items 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.




WHAT TO PACK -
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 everyday 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
  • Always go on www.weather.com for more info. You can get a 10 day forecast.


WEATHER -
Weather in Scotland and Iceland can vary greatly so come prepared. Temperatures in the summer tend to range from about 55 - 70 degrees.

PORT HIGHLIGHTS AND EXCURSIONS -
Kosherica will offer a beautiful pre-cruise walking tour of Amsterdam - during this walking tour you will learn about the Jewish population and its culture dating back to the beginning of the 17th century. The tour will include a visit to the Jewish museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Holocaust Memorial.
We highly recommend booking your shore excursions directly with the cruise line as your best option. Here are some examples of the tours they offer:
  • Highlights and Castles of Edinburgh
  • Reykjavik - Hot Springs and Scenery; Helicopter rides to the craters; Glacier Safari and Ice Cave and so many more
  • Scenery and landscape of the Northern Sea in the Shetland Islands





Cruising Tips

Air Travel

Passports 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 Travel

As 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.

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.


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Travel Documents


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.

Visa Requirements:


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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