Riverboat Jewish Heritage Cruise with Rabbi Weil

RIVERBOAT JEWISH HERITAGE CRUISE WITH RABBI WEIL

KOSHER CRUISE

AUGUST 9 - 16, 2021
7 NIGHTS

MS Amadeus Cara

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Rabbi Steven Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil comes to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) following an 11-year tenure at the Orthodox Union. The son of a German cattle dealer, Steven grew up on a farm in Upstate New York. He attended Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Steve began his career teaching, and then moved to pulpit work, first in Michigan and then in Beverly Hills, California. In 2009, Steve and his family returned to the East Coast to assume the position of Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union, where he led their institutional advancement and community engagement efforts.

Steve is deeply passionate about Jewish continuity, and engagement within and outside the Jewish community. He is an ardent proponent of Jewish education and the future of the Jewish people – its younger generation. With his life-long love and devotion to the state of Israel, Steve has channeled his talents and energy into fostering governmental and organizational relationships, in support of the Jewish homeland.

Steve is thrilled to be joining the FIDF family on August 1 st , and will take over as National Director and CEO on September 16, channeling his skills in institutional advancement as well as his vast experience in the Jewish community to support Israel and its heroic guardians, the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Rabbi Weil resides in New Jersey with his wife and is a proud father and grandfather.

ITINERARY

Day 1, Mon, August 9
Passau
Embarkation 4:00pm; Departs 5:00pm

Day 2, Tue, August 10
Vienna (Nussdorf)
Arrives 3:15pm

Day 3, Wed, August 11
Vienna (Nussdorf)
Departs 5:00pm

Day 4, Thu, August 12
Budapest
Arrives 9:30am

Day 5, Fri, August 13
Budapest
Departs 1:30am

Day 5, Fri, August 13
Bratislava
Arrives 8:00pm

Day 6, Sat, August 14
Bratislava
Departs 9:00pm

Day 7, Sun, August 15
Scenic cruising the Danube

Day 8, Mon, August 16
Passau
Arrives 7:30am

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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.

Cabin with panoramic window
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
C-4Cabin with panoramic window$4,990 
C-1Cabin with panoramic window$5,390 

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 172 sq. ft.

Cabin with drop-down panoramic window
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
B-4Cabin with drop-down panoramic window$5,890 
B-1Cabin with drop-down panoramic window$6,190 
A-1Cabin with drop-down panoramic window$6,600 

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 188 sq. ft.

Suite
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
SSuite with walk-out exterior balcony$8,990 

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 284 sq. ft.

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  • Please enter a number from 1 to 100.
  • Rates are subject to change without notice.
  • All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
  • $1000 per person deposit due at time of booking.
  • Single rate is 170% in all categories.
  • Capacity for 3rd/4th passenger is not available.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
    • $14.00 per guest per day for all categories.

We are truly looking forward to this incredible sailing. Please remember that we highly recommend buying travel insurance for your entire vacation. In addition, please try to purchase flights and hotel rooms that are refundable. If your flight is not refundable we encourage waiting on purchasing a flight closer to the cruise penalty date. We want you to have all the wiggle room you need to give you peace of mind when booking your dream vacation. We can't wait to explore the world with you!

Cancellation Policy:
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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TRAVEL INSURANCE

MS Amadeus Cara

The BRAND NEW ship being built in 2021 offers a total of 73 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 AMADEUS Suites. The cabins on the Mozart and Strauss Deck also feature lowerable panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the AMADEUS ships. All deluxe cabins and suites offer […]

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MS Amadeus Cara

The BRAND NEW ship being built in 2021 offers a total of 73 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 AMADEUS Suites. The cabins on the Mozart and Strauss Deck also feature lowerable panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the AMADEUS ships. All deluxe cabins and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. Furthermore, the suites feature a comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk- out external balcony.

For over 25 years Kosherica has pleased more Jewish Travelers than all other cruise and tour companies combined. We pledge a commitment to the Jewish community to always provide exquisite fresh Glatt Kosher, Cholov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel Gourmet cuisine (is the under the  MGK ). We will never compromise quality. This is the reason why our customers are deeply committed to Kosherica and return year after year. We give our guests an experience that is far superior to any other Kosher travel company. Kosherica is THRILLED to present to our guests our first ever Kosherica River Cruise in August 2021 on this stunning, brand new Amadeus ship! Indulge in our Kosher cuisine, explore stunning Bermuda or just luxuriate on this magnificent ship. This cruise is bound to be a once in a lifetime experience.

Some highlights of The Amadeus Cara:

On-board Facilities
  •  An elegantly furnished, spacious restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • An expansive Sun Deck with board games and deck chairs
  • A massage room offering a range of relaxing and purifying treatments, as well as a hair salon
  • The Amadeus Club, an area with a library, games and a bar, just the ticket when you're looking for somewhere quiet to pass an afternoon of sailing
  • A gym equipped with cycling machines, a treadmill, gym balls and weights
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the ship
  • Bicycles available
  • On board entertainment each evening, either in the form of local artists invited on the ship to perform, or our own performers, beguiling you with classic numbers
  • A laundry service available for all passengers
  • 24-hour reception
Staterooms Accommodation on board our ships is some of the finest found on any river cruise ships operated across Europe. We strive to offer you the best with our staterooms and suites, prioritizing comfort, space and taste above all else, and giving all the quality of a 5-Star hotel room on water. From enormous windows providing sumptuous views of the passing landscapes, to well-appointed furniture as well as tea & coffee making facilities, every cabin aboard our ships is designed to impress and indulge.    

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.

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.

DESTINATION INFORMATION

PASSAU– Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as “The Three Rivers City”. In 1803 Passau was annexed into Bavaria. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes.

VIENNA (NUSSDORF)– Nussdorf lies on both banks of the Nussbach (Schreiberbach), where the brook meets the Danube Canal. The district extends in the south as far as the Grinzingerstraße, in the north along the Heiligenstädter Straße and the bank of the Danube up to the border to Kahlenbergerdorf. From the 16th century onwards, Nussdorf was the second most important port on the Danube in Vienna, because the channels further downstream were very thin.

BUDAPEST– Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the ninth- largest city in the European Union. The second half of the 19th century was a period of prosperity and cultural thriving for the Jewish community of Budapest. At the beginning of the 20th century Budapest became an important center of Jewish journalism. The first Jewish newspaper in Hungarian was the weekly Magyar Israelita. Budapest was the birthplace of Theodor (Binyamin Ze’ev) Herzl (1860-1904), the father of modern Zionism, The writer and physicist Max Nordau (1849-1932), a founding member of the World Zionist Congress and author of the Basel Platform at the First Zionist Congress (1897), was also born in Budapest.

BRATISLAVA– Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube.

THE AMADEUS

AMADEUS is a brand new, luxury riverboat that will be completed in 2021. It will offer one of the most modern fleets in the five-star segment.
This new cruise ship offers a total of 70 spacious luxury cabins (17.5m/188 sq feet) and 12 AMADEUS suites (26.4m/284 sq feet). The cabins on the Mozart and Strauss decks of the AMADEUS Cara also feature a panoramic window which extends the entire breadth of the cabin and can be lowered. This design has been developed especially for AMADEUS ships. All cabins and suites have comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen TVs, telephone, cabin-safe, mini-bar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. The suites also offer outdoor balconies with a seating area.
 
Guests of the AMADEUS Cara can look forward to all the comforts of a 5-star river cruise ship: 
– AMADEUS Club at the rear of the ship with sliding windows and access to the extended outdoor “Club Terrace”
– Large sun deck with shaded seating areas, and comfortable loungers
– The “River Terrace” at the front of the vessel which is glass protected, offers a unique view of the passing river landscape while at the same time ensures protection from the elements
– Modern fitness room
– Hair and massage salon
– Tastefully decorated Panorama Restaurant which accommodates all passengers at a single seating
– The Panorama Bar which offers space for events and talks, and music by the AMADEUS musicians every evening
– The most modern WIFI system on the rivers
– Elevator between decks  

ONBOARD FACILITIES
• Panorama-Restaurant
• Panorama-Bar und Lounge
• Amadeus-Club
• “Café Vienna” with Viennese
coffee specialities
• Outdoor glass-shielded
“River Terrace”
• Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, lounge
chairs, shade awnings, giant
Chess Board and Shuffl eboard
• Fitness Room
• Hair Salon, Massage Room
• Gift Shop, Laundry Service
• Complimentary bicycles
on board
• Wi-Fi available
• Elevator

STATEROOM AMENITIES
• Cabins with connecting doors
are available on Haydn Deck
on request
• Mini-Bar (all staterooms except
categories C-1 and C-4)
• Walk-in wardrobe
• Choice of bed confi guration:
double or twin bed
• Flat-screen television
• Individual climate control
• En-suite bathrooms with
shower/WC
• Bathrobe in Suites, Hair dryer
• Direct dial telephone
• In-room safe

TECHNICAL DATA
• Built: 2021
• Registry: Germany
• Length: 135 m | 443 feet
• Width: 11,4 m | 37,5 feet
• Draft: 1,45 m | 5 feet
• Height above water:
6 m | 19,8 feet
• Speed: 25 km/h | 15,5 mph
• Decks: 4
• Staterooms/Suites: 73/12
• Max. passengers: 170
• Crew members: approx. 46

Kosherica is thrilled to partner with one of the most respected riverboat companies and introduce our first Glatt Kosher riverboat sailing aboard the long awaited Amadeus Cara Riverboat. This stunning riverboat will be built to perfection in 2021. It will offer one of the most modern fleets in the five-star segment.

This all Kosher riverboat Jewish vacation is geared towards those desiring a luxury Kosher vacation in an intimate setting. The ship is exclusively Kosher and will visit some of the most thrilling cities infused with Jewish history. This special Jewsih Heritage cruise will feature Rabbi Weil as our esteemed historian and scholar.  This thrilling Glatt Kosher vacation will begin with a memorable pre-Shabbat in Prague. We will then venture off to Passau, two magical days in Vienna, two days in Budapest and Bratislava.

This brand new cruise ship will offer a total of 65 spacious luxury cabins (17.5m/188 sq feet) and the much sought after 12 AMADEUS suites (26.4m/284 sq feet). The cabins on the Mozart and Strauss decks of the AMADEUS Cara also feature a panoramic window which extends the entire breadth of the cabin and can be lowered. All cabins and suites have comfortable, spacious bathrooms, flat screen TVs, telephone, cabin-safe, mini-bar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. The suites also offer outdoor balconies with a seating area.

Our riverboat will have our all star Rabbinical staff and mashgichim that work day and night to ensure that the hashgacha is top notch. Our sailing will also have our usual group of world class chefs that will work tirelessly to provide Glatt Kosher Gourmet cuisine that is known as the best in the industry.Everyone knows that sailing with Kosherica means you get the best customer service, highest quality Glatt Kosher food, top notch organization and a world class experience that is the best in the Jewish travel Industry. Sail with Kosherica and Sail with the Best.

Please note, Koserica is expecting to sell out of this long awaited vacation. Please make sure to book in advance.

Amenities include:

– AMADEUS Club which is a fantastic sitting area with sliding windows and access to an outdoor “Club Terrace”

–For those wanted to relax outside there is a  large sun deck with comfortable loungers

– Modern fitness room

– Hair and massage salon

– A lovely Panorama Restaurant which will feature Kosherica’s world class Glatt Kosher cuisine and food.

– A Panorama Bar where there will be nightly talks and musicians. Its a place to join after a long day of adventures.

– The most modern WIFI system on the rivers

– Elevator

FAQ'S ABOUT YOUR KOSHERICA CRUISE

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.

Kosherica cruises requires 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.

For more information, 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.

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: [email protected] or visit their website at: www.zvs.com.

Travel Restrictions

  • People with medical conditions or women who are in the last weeks of their pregnancy are asked to consult a doctor before sailing/booking a cruise.
  • Women cannot have begun their 24th week of pregnancy at any time before or during the cruise. If you are pregnant or sailing with a guest who is pregnant they must provide a physician’s letter stating the expected due date, medical fitness to travel and the pregnancy is not high risk. Please also include your name, booking number, ship and sailing date.
  • Infant Policy and Booking Procedures.
    • Infants must be at least 6 months of age on the day of boarding.
    • Infants must be at least 12 months of age on the day of boarding if the cruise has 3 or more consecutive full days at sea.
    • NO EXCEPTIONS will be granted.

Please note, babysitting is not available for children age 2 and under.

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