2017-2018 Baltics Kosher Cruises | Baltic/Russiathe Baltics from Kosherica
~RECENTLY COMPLETED IN 2017~

Baltic/Russia Kosher Cruise
aboard the Holland America: ms Zuiderdam

August 11-23, 2017 (12 Nights - Kosher Cruise)


  SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE:
  Stephen Savitsky
   (see below)



  Click HERE for more information on the World-Class Holland America Line Zuiderdam

Itinerary

 

DAY

PORT

ARRIVE

DEPART

Fri., Aug. 11 Copenhagen, Denmark 10:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 12 Kiel (Hamburg), Germany 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Sun., Aug. 13 At Sea
Mon., Aug. 14 Tallinn, Estonia 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Tues., Aug. 15 St. Petersburg, Russia 7:00 am
Wed., Aug. 16 St. Petersburg, Russia 6:00 pm
Thurs., Aug. 17 Helsinki, Finland 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri., Aug. 18 Stockholm, Sweden 7:00 am
Sat., Aug. 19 Stockholm, Sweden 4:00 pm
Sun., Aug. 20 At Sea
Mon., Aug. 21 Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany 6:00 am 8:00 pm
Tues., Aug. 22 Copenhagen, Denmark 11:00 am
Wed., Aug. 23 Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00 am
 
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Large or Standard Inside Staterooms

   
Cat. Description Price
Large or Standard Inside Staterooms 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower.
* 183-207 sq. ft
Cat.: Description: Price:
MM Inside Stateroom $4,910

Cat.: Description: Price:
M Inside Stateroom $4,920

Cat.: Description: Price:
L Inside Stateroom $4,930

Cat.: Description: Price:
K Inside Stateroom Large $4,940

Cat.: Description: Price:
J Inside Stateroom Large $4,950

Cat.: Description: Price:
I Inside Stateroom Large $4,965


Large Outside Staterooms

   
Cat. Description Price
Large Outside Staterooms 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower. All G-category staterooms have a partial sea view. All GG-, H- & HH-category staterooms have fully obstructed views.
* 185 sq. ft.
Cat.: Description: Price:
H Outside Stateroom $5,780

Cat.: Description: Price:
G Outside Stateroom $5,815

Cat.: Description: Price:
F Outside Stateroom $5,845

Cat.: Description: Price:
E Outside Stateroom $5,880

Cat.: Description: Price:
DD Outside Stateroom $5,915

Cat.: Description: Price:
D Outside Stateroom $5,945

Cat.: Description: Price:
C Outside Stateroom $5,980


Deluxe Verandah Outside Staterooms

   
Cat. Description Price
Deluxe Verandah Outside Staterooms 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 249 sq. ft.
Cat.: Description: Price:
VF Deluxe Veranda Outside $6,150

Cat.: Description: Price:
VE Deluxe Veranda Outside $6,265

Cat.: Description: Price:
VD Deluxe Veranda Outside $6,330

Cat.: Description: Price:
VC Deluxe Veranda Outside $6,400

Cat.: Description: Price:
VB Deluxe Veranda Outside $6,470

Cat.: Description: Price:
VA Deluxe Veranda Outside $6,540


Signature Suite Stateroom

   
Cat. Description Price
Signature Suite Stateroom 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, DVD player, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 389 sq. ft. with verandah.
Cat.: Description: Price:
SY Superior Veranda Suite $8,305

Cat.: Description: Price:
SS Superior Veranda Suite $8,450


Neptune Suite Stateroom

   
Cat. Description Price
Neptune Suite Stateroom 2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,1 sofa bed for 2 persons, DVD player, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 510 sq. ft. with verandah.
Cat.: Description: Price:
SC Deluxe Veranda Suite $9,625

Cat.: Description: Price:
SB Deluxe Veranda Suite $10,035

Cat.: Description: Price:
SA Deluxe Veranda Suite $10,445


Pinnacle Suite Stateroom

   
Cat. Description Price
Pinnacle Suite Stateroom Bedroom with 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah with whirlpool, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, microwave, refrigerator, guest toilet, private stereo system, DVD player, floor-to-ceiling windows.
* 1318 sq. ft. with verandah.
Cat.: Description: Price:
PS Penthouse Suite $15,985




• Rates are subject to change without notice.
• All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
• Gratuities not included – unless indicated.
• $1500 per person deposit due at time of booking.

For Non-Holiday sailings:
Balance of Full Payment is due 100 days before sailing for regular staterooms
and 130 days before sailing for all Suites.

For Holiday sailings:
Balance of Full Payment is due 130 days before sailing for all stateroom types.

• Single rate is 170% in all categories.
• 3rd/4th person rate (all Categories) is $3000 (adult or child).
Capacity for 3rd/4th passenger may not be available for all cabin categories
• Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
• These rates do not include port charges and taxes of $211.77
• Gratuities to be paid on board the ship - $12.50 per person per day for standard staterooms and $13.50 per person per day for suites.
   (rates are subject to change as per the cruise line)


Cancellation policy:
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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msZuiderdam Cruise Ship
 
Holland AmericaThe ms Zuiderdam began her inaugural season in 2002 as the first ship in the Vista-class series. As with all ships in the Vista-class, the ms Zuiderdam embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a full-scale diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability. Forward-looking in both design and spirit, the ms Zuiderdam was also the first ship to offer data ports in every stateroom for Internet and email access.

At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005. The last refurbishment was April 2015.


Signature features include:
  • 85% of all staterooms have ocean views, 67% of all staterooms have verandahs and 28 staterooms are wheelchair accessible
  • The two-tier Vista Dining features impeccable service and an extensive wine list, and offers five-course menus, from continental cuisine to vegetarian and low-carb options
  • The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes
  • The Greenhouse Spa & Salon features thermal suites, a hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy pool, heated ceramic lounges and more
  • The Vista Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts
  • The Crow's Nest, where sweeping views make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxing during the day, and in the evening transforms into a hip, fashionable nightclub features top-notch DJs and live bands
  • Club HAL, dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 to 12
  • The Loft, designed exclusively for teens to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age



Stephen Savitsky

Stephen Savitsky Stephen Savitsky of Hewlett, NY was the former Chairman of the Board and President of the Orthodox Union. He traveled extensively across the globe representing the OU and visited almost every Jewish community in North America. His ability to speak on a variety of topics has made him a sought after speaker at Jewish events, conferences and Pesach programs. He is presently on the board of directors of the OU and is the Schola-in-Residence at many OU Synagogues. He has held many leadership positions in the Jewish community. He is currently President of the Bnai Zion Foundation, Chairman of Partners in Torah and President of the Vaad Hakashrut of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. He is also very active in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. He was the Founder and President of the Kew Gardens Eruv which paved the way for the explosion of eruvim across America. He was the President of Anshei Chesed in Hewlett, Chairman of Ohr Torah High School in Queens, a member of the Board of HIAS, the Jewish Agency and Mesorah Heritage Foundation. Mr. Savitsky is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of ATC healthcare, a nationwide provider of medical staffing. He was the CEO of Staff Builders, one of the largest home health companies in America. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in economics and received an MBA from the Baruch Graduate School of Business with a major in both finance and marketing. He is married to Genie (nee Tennenbaum) and B"H has many grandchildren.


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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