Jewish Heritage Russia with Weil & Hoenlein

JEWISH HERITAGE RUSSIA WITH WEIL & HOENLEIN

KOSHER CRUISE

JULY 9 - 19, 2019
10 NIGHTS

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An incredibly meaningful and moving cruise experience.

This Jewish Heritage Cruise will offer extensive lectures and incredible Jewish interest excursions at every port. Ports include Poland, Lithuania, Russia (St. Petersburg), Finland, Sweden (Stockholm) and Berlin. In addition, we will visit major secular sites like the Hermitage in Russia. This cruise will leave you with an in-depth, first hand exploration of European Jewish life through the ages. If requested, special programs will be created for children.

A Memorable and Moving Post-Cruise Shabbat in Berlin Hosted by Rabbi Steven Weil and Malcolm Hoenlein. All Proceeds will go back to the Jewish community.

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ITINERARY

Day 1, Tue, July 9
Kiel
Departs 5:30pm

Day 2, Wed, July 10
At Sea

Day 3, Thu, July 11
Gdynia (Poland)
Arrives 7:00am - Departs 8:00pm

Day 4, Fri, July 12
Klaipeda (Lithuania)
Arrives 8:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 5, Sat, July 13
Tallin (Estonia)
Arrives 1:00pm - Departs 6:00pm

Day 6, Sun, July 14
St Petersburg
Arrives 7:00am

Day 7, Mon, July 15
St Petersburg
Departs 6:00pm

Day 8, Tue, July 16
Helsinki
Arrives 8:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 9, Wed, July 17
Stockholm
Arrives 9:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 10, Thu, July 18
At Sea

Day 11, Fri, July 19
Kiel
Arrives 9:00am

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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 Staterooms
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ICInside Stateroom$4,690 
IPInside Stateroom$4,805 

Two twins that convert to queen-size bed. Cabin includes a private bath with shower, seating area with desk, vanity, TV and other amenities. 150 sq ft

Outside Staterooms
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ECOutside Stateroom$4,900 
EPOutside Stateroom$5,015 

Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with a window to overlook the beautiful scenery outside. Cabin includes a private bath with shower, seating area with desk, vanity, TV and other amenities. 191 sq ft

Veranda Staterooms
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
BCVeranda Stateroom$5,185 
BPVeranda Stateroom$5,325 

Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with beautiful private veranda overlooking the water. Cabin includes a private bath with shower, seating area with desk, vanity, TV and other amenities. Cabin - 185 sq ft

Mini Suites
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
MSMini Suite$5,670 
SMSamsara Mini Suite$6,115 

Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with beautiful private veranda overlooking the water. Cabin includes a private bath with shower, seating area with desk, vanity, TV and other amenities. Samsara cabins offer unlimited access to the spa. Cabin - 246 sq ft

Suites
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
SSuite - Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with beautiful private veranda overlooking the water. Cabin includes a private bath with whirlpool tub and shower, expanded seating area with desk, vanity TV and other amenities. Cabin - 337 sq ft$6,740 
SUSamara Suite - Samsara cabins offer unlimited access to the spa.$7,230  Waitlist
GSGrand Suite - Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with beautiful private veranda overlooking the water. Cabin includes a private bath with whirlpool tub and shower, living room, lounge furniture, vanity, TV and other amenities. Cabin - 456 sq ft$7,390  Waitlist

Stunning Suites Samsara cabins offer unlimited access to the spa.

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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.
  • Gratuities not included – unless indicated.
  • $1000 per person deposit due at time of booking.
  • Single rate is 170% in all categories.
  • 3rd/4th person rate (all Categories) is $2900 (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 $153.10
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
    • Approx. $12 per guest per day
    • (rates are subject to change as per the cruise line)

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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SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

RABBI STEVEN WEIL

Rabbi Steven Weil is the Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Steven Weil, the son of German “Viehhaendler”, grew up on a cattle farm in Upstate New York. His love for learning began early, and as a teenager prevailed upon his parents to send him away to Yeshiva. He continued his education at Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan Theological Seminary and a Masters in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Rabbi Weil began his career teaching, and then began pulpit work; first at the Young Israel of Oak Park Michigan and then at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, California. In both positions, Rabbi Weil significantly expanded the synagogue’s membership and programming and was involved in serving the needs of the greater community as well. In 2009 he became the chief executive officer of the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Weil is a popular teacher and lecturer, having delivered invocations for former President Bush, Governor Schwarzenneger as well as Speaker John Boehner and the House of Representatives among others. He has served internationally as scholar in residence on land and on sea, and is a passionate advocate for Israel and for Jewish education. Rabbi Weil resides in New Jersey with his wife and seven children.

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body for 53 national Jewish organizations. He received his B.A. from Temple University and completed his doctoral course work at the University of Pennsylvania where he taught International Relations and was a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was the Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York and of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.

Mr. Hoenlein appears regularly in the media, including three weekly nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, and has lectured and met leading officials throughout the world. A recipient of many awards, including the Guardian of Jerusalem, the highest recognition of the capital city, the Guardian of Zion award, the Defender of Israel award, four Honorary Doctorates, and two honorary Fellowships, he is associated with and serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations. He is on the board of the Council for Secure America, the Secure Community Network, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

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Costa Cruises Pacifica

Imagine the most thrilling music of all times and transfer it to a ship that encapsulates all that is best in Costa cruising. The result is Costa Pacifica, a combination of wonderful music and supreme elegance. The music, played and listened to in every public area on board, has inspired the ship’s design, each area characterized by a different type of music. The secret of Costa Pacifica is simple: a unique compilation of the best offered by our four earlier ships: Serena, Concordia, Magica and Fortuna. Harmony on board Elegant and sophisticated, Costa Pacifica offers guests a unique vacation, lavishing on them all that is best in Costa cruising. Follow the music, enjoy different musical genres in the ship’s public areas and discover the exclusive arrangements for Costa Cruises. Harmony on board: experience it to the fullest. Prelude to an exceptional holiday Elegance and warm colors greet you in Costa Pacifica’s Theater, decorated to a musical theme and set off by a wonderful central chandelier in Murano glass. Choose the best seat and enjoy the absolute purity of the innovative and unique sound system. A rhapsody of entertainment. Designed for those who want to live their vacation to the fullest, the Formula 1 Simulator gets the adrenaline running. Take the driver’s seat, experience the thrill of driving the fastest racing car of all time, look at the sea, then try to stop – if you can! Melody for the eyes in a world enclosed in glass Have you experienced the pleasures of life on deck in winter? The sliding glass roof enables you to enjoy the ever-changing face of sky and sea at all times of the day. And there is more: thanks to a giant eighteen metre square screen, you can watch videos and movies up on the main deck. The relaxing notes of Samsara

Discover the pleasure of total relaxation: Samsara Spa is a Well-being center six thousand square metres in area, entirely devoted to restoring your physical and mental balance. Samsara means steam baths, age-old rituals and regenerative beauty treatments. And, in addition, suites and cabins with direct access to the spa area.

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 (under the MGK). We will never compromise quality. There is a reason why our customers are deeply committed to Kosherica and return year after year.

The Jewish Heritage cruise is a once in a lifetime experience as luminaries like Rabbi Steven Weil (Orthodox Union) and Malcolm Hoenlein (Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations) guide us through an in-depth, first hand exploration of European Jewish life through the ages and today. You can also opt to take a more scenic approach to this cruise and just focus on site-seeing at some of the greatest capitals in Europe: Either way, your cruise will be rich in culture and history.

This cruise will offer extensive lectures and incredible Jewish interest excursions at every port. Ports include Poland, Lithuania, Russia (2 days in St. Petersburg), Finland (Helsinki), Sweden (Stockholm) and Berlin. In addition to Jewish culture, we will also have incredible city tours with visits to major secular sites.

There is the perfect way to explore some of the greatest capitals in Europe while being treated like Kosherica royalty.

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

Saint Petersburg, Russia

The second largest city after Moscow, Is home to the famous Hermitage museum, The Winter Palace, stunning water canals and famous architectural landmarks . Our tour will have an in depth understand of Jewish culture, history and influence in Russia. In addition, we will visit the stunning Jewish Synagogue and community. All these plus many more will be visited on our cruise.

Gydnia, Poland

Known for its modernistic buildings, including the museum of Gydnia which exhibits the local history. Visit Kosciuzi square and its distinctive fountain. Head down to the waterfront where ships like the WWII destroyer ORP Blyskawica are now museums. We are also looking at visiting the Museum of the Second World War and the Museum about Solidarity movement. In addition, the Struthoff concentration is nearby.

Klaipeda, Lithuania

This beautiful old town features German style 18thcentury wood frame buildings. The Waterslide Lithuanian Sea Museum includes dolphin shows and maritime exhibits in a 19thcentury fort. Visit the city’s Jewish Community Center and learn about the city’s rich Jewish history, including the remains of a few salvaged stones in the Jewish Cemetery that stood there until 1939, as well as the seventh fort and ninth fort, both in the Kovno Ghetto. In addition, Vilnius is nearby. The Goan of Vilna monument and Ponary massacre site was here.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonias Capital on the Baltic Sea, is the countries cultural hub. To this day it retains its walled cobblestone old town, home to cafes and shops. As well as a 15thcentury defensive tower. A destination that combines the comforts of modern world and luxurious adventures with rich culture in a local historical setting.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital city and most populous municipality of Finland. A vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city is known for its landmark central railroad station. The shops in the design district sell iconic finnish products alongside modern clothing and antiques. In addition, there is a strong Jewish history and synagogue that we will visit. We will discover Jewish culture, history and influence in Finland.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic sea archipelago. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets and enjoy the deep orange and brown hues on the buildings of the old town, including the Nobel Museum which focuses on the Nobel Prize. In addition we will see the Vasa museum. Sweden played a string role on Jews in Europe and we will have an in depth understanding into the Jewish community.

This Jewish Heritage Cruise lead by Rabbi Steven Weil will offer extensive lectures and incredible Jewish interest excursions at every port. In addition, we will visit major secular sites like the Hermitage in Russia. This cruise will leave you with an in-depth, first hand exploration of European Jewish life through the ages. If requested, special programs will be created for children.

A Memorable and Moving Post-Cruise Shabbat in Berlin Hosted by Rabbi Steven Weil

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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