Riverboat Jewish Heritage Cruise with Rabbi Weil



JUNE 27 - JULY 4, 2022

MS Amadeus Brilliant

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Rabbi Steven Weil

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 part of the FIDF family, and is excited to channel 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).

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

Rabbi Abraham Cohen

Rabbi Abraham Cohen was ordained from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva, Brooklyn NY, in 1987. Since receiving his ordination Rabbi Cohen has worked as a Shliach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Following his Smicha, Rabbi Cohen married and settled in Montreal and  has laboured tirelessly with many members of the community to bring awareness and Jewish identity to their lives. Rabbi Cohen gives weekly lectures to members of the community as well as  counselling to individuals and families alike. Many families are in the path of Torah and Mitzvos thanks to his involvement and dedication with their day to day life.

In 1997, through the efforts of many dedicated members of the Jewish Community in Montreal, Rabbi Cohen led a campaign to erect the first and only edifice in the country which houses the Chabad Seminary of Canada – Ben Weider Educational Centre. The Seminary, named in memory of the Rebbe’s wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn ,  provides a post-secondary education of the highest caliber for hundreds of young Jewish women, coming from the world over, enabling them to contribute to the continuity, strength and growth of the Jewish people. The graduates are raising today proud Jewish families and assuming positions of Shlichus, emissaries of the Rebbe, as well as occupying Leadership roles in communities throughout the world. Hundreds of Alumni’s have opened new schools and Jewish centers around the globe. Rabbi Cohen is responsible for the Administration and Financial departments of the Centre.

In 2010 Rabbi Cohen was appointed spiritual leader of Congregation Zichron Kedoshim in Montreal. The synagogue, which was built in 1965 by survivors of the Holocaust, is dedicated to memory of the six million who perished during World War II. Over the years the synagogue merged as Chabad Zichron Kedoshim and Rabbi Cohen serves as Lecturer and Rabbi Emeritus.

In 2018 Rabbi Cohen was approached by community leaders and activists to serve as Chaplain and Spiritual leader for a department of the SPVM , the Police Force of the City of Montreal. Rabbi Cohen attends to the needs and requests of the Jewish officers with all matters related to their Jewish heritage.

He is a dynamic speaker who engages men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Speaking topics have included the Origins of Tefilla, Kabbalah Mysticism, and Judaism 101. He speaks fluently in English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Yiddish.

Rabbi Cohen lives with his wife and children in Montreal.


Day 1, Mon, June 27
Embarkation 3:30pm; Departs 4:30pm

Day 2, Tue, June 28
Vienna (Nussdorf)
Arrives 3:15pm

Day 3, Wed, June 29
Vienna (Nussdorf)
Departs 5:00pm

Day 4, Thu, June 30
9:30am - 10:00pm

Day 5, Fri, July 1
Arrives 7:30am - Departs 9:00am

Day 5, Fri, July 1
Arrives 5:00pm

Day 6, Sat, July 2
Departs 10:00pm

Day 7, Sun, July 3
Arrives 11:00am

Day 8, Mon, July 4
Arrives 8:30am


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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
C-4Cabin with panoramic window$5,790 
C-1Cabin with panoramic window$6,190 

Panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, 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. 161.50 sq. ft.

Cabin with French balcony
B-4Cabin with French balcony$6,790 
B-1Cabin with French balcony$7,290 
A-1Cabin with French balcony$7,790 

Floor-to- ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony (a glass wall-to-wall window that opens to give you fresh air), ample closet space, 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. 161.50 sq. ft.

Suite with French Balcony
SSuite with French balcony$10,000  Waitlist

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony (a glass wall-to-wall window that opens to give you fresh air), mini-bar, bathrobe, ample closet space, 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. 237 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.
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
    • $14.00 per guest per day for all categories.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended and Kosherica always recommends to purchase the "Cancel for any Reason" policy so that our guests are fully covered. Some of the cruise lines have "cancel for any reason" policies that you can purchase. Just keep in mind that the cruise line policies only cover your cruise portion and not the Kosher portion or flights.

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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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.


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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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.


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.


This exclusive, 110-meter cruise ship was built in 2011 and completely refurbished for 2020. It offers you premium travel comfort. Generous suites and cabins are located across three decks, offering accommodation for up to 150 passengers. The cabins are, for the most part, equipped with French balconies, which offer a fantastic view over the beautiful passing riverscapes.
All the on-board amenities are up to the customary high AMADEUS standard, and you can enjoy lounging on the spacious Sun Deck with its Lido Bar, or you can unwind with a good book in the quiet and comfortable AMADEUS Club.
Guests of the AMADEUS Brilliant 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

• Panorama-Restaurant
• Panorama-Bar und Lounge
• Amadeus-Club
• 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


• Mini-Bar (all staterooms except
categories C-1 and C-4)
• Walk-in wardrobe
• Choice of bed configuration:
double or twin bed
• Flat-screen television
• Individual climate control
• En-suite bathrooms with
• Bathrobe in Suites, Hair dryer
• Direct dial telephone
• In-room safe

• Built: 2011
• Registry: Germany
• Length: 110 m | 361 feet
• Width: 11.4 m | 37.5 feet
• Decks: 4
• Staterooms/Suites: 68/8
• Max. passengers: 150

Kosherica is thrilled to partner with one of the most respected riverboat companies and introduce our first Glatt Kosher riverboat sailing aboard the stunning Amadeus Brilliant Riverboat. This stunning riverboat underwent a complete refurbishment in 2020.

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 Jewish 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 68 spacious luxury cabins (161.50 sq feet) and the much sought after 8 AMADEUS suites (237 sq feet). The cabins on the Mozart and Strauss decks of the AMADEUS Brilliant also feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a French balcony. All cabins and suites have comfortable, spacious bathrooms, flat screen TVs, telephone, cabin-safe, mini-bar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated.

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


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.


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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