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Mediterranean Cruise from Rome

MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE FROM ROME

KOSHER CRUISE

AUGUST 19 - 26, 2020
7 NIGHTS

Norwegian Cruise Line Epic

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Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. He has been a congregational Rabbi for nearly 30 years, and previously held pulpits in Montreal, Quebec and Mount Vernon, New York. He has always been deeply engaged in community affairs, and in Montreal served as a Vice President of the Federation, and is on the Board of the New York Federation. He has written for many publications, (and wrote a regular column for the Canadian Jewish News for many years), and has a blog called the “Happiness Warrior”. Rabbi Steinmetz received his ordination from Yeshiva University, where he was a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon and has an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and an M.A. in Education from Adelphi University. He is married to Lisa Schwartz, and they have four children. 

ITINERARY

Day 1, Wed, August 19
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Departs 7:00pm

Day 2, Thu, August 20
Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Arrives 7:00am - Departs 7:00pm

Day 3, Fri, August 21
Cannes, France
Arrives 8:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 4, Sat, August 22
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Arrives 1:00pm - Departs 8:00pm

Day 5, Sun, August 23
Barcelona, Spain
Arrives 5:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 6, Mon, August 24
At Sea

Day 7, Tue, August 25
Naples, Italy
Arrives 7:00am - Departs 7:00pm

Day 8, Wed, August 26
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Arrives 6:00am

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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 Stateroom
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
IFInside$2,600 
IEInside$2,720 
IDInside$2,730 
ICMid-Ship Inside$2,740 
IBMid-Ship Inside$2,750 
IAMid-Ship Inside$2,760 

Norwegian Epic Inside Staterooms are a great and accommodation for up to two guests. They feature a separate bathroom with shower and two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed. Total Approx. Size: 128 sq. ft.

Balcony Stateroom
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
BFSize: 203-230 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 37-79 sq. ft.$3,100 
BESize: 203-230 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 37-79 sq. ft.$3,230 
BDSize: 203-230 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 37-79 sq. ft.$3,240 
BCMid-Ship Balcony - Size: 203-257 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52-65 sq. ft.$3,250 
BBMid-Ship Balcony - Size: 203-257 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52-65 sq. ft.$3,260 
BAMid-Ship Balcony - Size: 203-257 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52-65 sq. ft.$3,270 
B6Large Balcony - Size: 203-258 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52-107 sq. ft.$3,280 
B4Family Balcony - Size: 188-248 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 37-97 sq. ft.$3,340 
B3Family Balcony - Size: 188-248 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 37-97 sq. ft.$3,350 
B1Aft-Facing Balcony - Size: 205-221 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 54-70 sq. ft.$3,420 

See the world unfold right in front of you. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to your own sweeping balcony. Well-appointed and spacious style awaits you back inside.

Mini Suite
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
MDMid-Ship Mini Suite - Size: 241 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52 sq. ft.$4,200 
MCMid-Ship Mini Suite - Size: 241 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52 sq. ft.$4,330 
MBMid-Ship Mini Suite - Size: 241 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52 sq. ft.$4,340 
MAMid-Ship Mini Suite - Size: 241 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52 sq. ft.$4,350 
M3Family Mini-Suite - Size: 241 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52 sq. ft.$4,410 
M9Spa Mini Suite - Size: 241 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 52 sq. ft.$4,520 

There's nothing mini about it. Spacious, stylish suites let you unwind with indulgences like fine linens, luxury bath, sliding glass doors and a private balcony.

Suite
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
H9The Haven Spa Suite with Balcony - Size: 317-378 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 79-140 sq. ft.$8,150 
H6The Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Balcony - Size: 319 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 81 sq. ft.$7,900 
H5The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony - Size: 322 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 84 sq. ft.$8,600 
H4The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony - Size: 504 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 54 sq. ft.$9,430 
H2The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony - Size: 852 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 121 sq. ft.$10,900 

Indulge in luxury and privacy. Modern, spacious suites perfect for the two of you or the whole family. First-class amenities include large balconies, butlers and more.

Number of travelers in your room:

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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 $1849 (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 $95.74
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
    • $15.00 per guest per day for any category up to a Mini-Suite stateroom.
    • $18.00 per guest per day for any suite or Haven category.

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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Norwegian Cruise Line Epic

Norwegian Epic is sure to dazzle. Awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer’s, Norwegian Epic keeps the bar high with two new Broadway shows: Ballroom Blitz and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Not only is Norwegian Epic offering world-class performers but a new wave of accommodations as well – from Studios, designed and priced for […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line Epic

Norwegian Epic is sure to dazzle. Awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer’s, Norwegian Epic keeps the bar high with two new Broadway shows: Ballroom Blitz and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Not only is Norwegian Epic offering world-class performers but a new wave of accommodations as well - from Studios, designed and priced for the solo traveler, to privacy in The Haven. This mega ship is a jaw dropping sensation and award winner.

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.

Indulge in our Kosher cuisine, explore the magnificent Mediterranean or just luxuriate on this gorgeous ship. This cruise is bound to be a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Maximize your vacation by stopping in a port every single day! It actually makes Europe accessible and affordable.
  • Stop in the most romantic cities in Europe: Rome, Barcelona, Florence,Naples and Cannes. Glorious Florence is our hands down favorite!
  • Experience Jewish interest excursions on this trip with our customized tours.
  • Travel on the most sought after large ship in Europe.

Some highlights of The Epic:

Entertainment: Awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer’s, Norwegian Epic always remains fresh and exciting when it comes to the award-winning entertainment. Acrobats soar while jaws drop during the dazzling performances of Cirque Dreams®. Experience the legendary Liverpool venue where the Beatles performed, The Cavern Club or side splitting comedy at the headliners club. Or laugh along with the new and acclaimed Broadway show, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Your nights will be jam packed with first rate entertainment. This is not like any other ship in Europe!

What to do on the ship:

  • Casino: Norwegian’s largest and most innovative casino offers a wide range of thrilling casino games for every level of player.
  • Bowling Alley: During the day, all ages are welcome to bowl. At night, guests 18 and older enjoy funky lighting that illuminates the neon-colored bowling balls and decor to create an atmosphere that is full of energy.
  • Aqua Park: Suit up and splash down at our first ever Aqua Park. Choose from two pools, five hot tubs, kid's pool, three multi-story water slides including the the 200-foot Epic Plunge, the first bowl slide at sea.

What to do with Kids:

  • Splash Academy: Your little ones will have a blast inside Splash Academy where they’ll learn to juggle at Circus School, break a sweat with a wide range of sports and enjoy creative play and fun family activities in an age-appropriate atmosphere.
  • Kid's Aqua Park: They’ll splish. They’ll splash. They’ll definitely have a blast. Whether they want to zoom down a tube slide or get drenched by tipping buckets or water cannons, kids will have the best of times at our new interactive Kids’ Aqua Park. This watery wonderland has something to keep the kiddies entertained all day long.
  • Video Arcade: Stop by the video arcade and capture a few aliens, win a car race, play pinball and fly a jet fighter. Anything is possible.

Spa Time

The Thermal Suite offers a unique experience benefiting the mind and body. Feel the weightlessness and kneading effect of water in the Thalasso Therapy Pool and enjoy a warm waterfall cascading onto your shoulders in the Vitality Pool. Take a dip in the hot tub and leave the world behind as the warm water relaxes you. Then head to the steam room to relax stiff joints, improve your immune system and alleviate pains. If detox is what you crave, sit down in the dry heat of the sauna to sweat out your cares as your heart and sweat glands work together to purify your body. Then relax and bring your body to temperature with a nap on heated mosaic lounge chairs. In addition the ship has a state of the art full service salon and spa.. Soothe your body and soul with a hot stone massage, a rejuvenating facial, mani/pedi, acupuncture, BOTOX® and teeth whitening and lots more.

Staterooms

Norwegian has opted for a contemporary, sophisticated design with the 2,175 cabins on Escape. Inside, outside and balcony rooms employ a color palette of dark blues and warm browns, and the result is a sophisticated and upscale.

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

Rome was called the “Eternal City” by the ancient Romans because they believed that no matter what happened in the rest of the world, the city of Rome would always remain standing. Exploring the city centre by foot surrounded by glorious monuments and colossal remains takes you back in time to the “glory that was Rome”.

Rome is an Ancient city with a modern twist! Whether you are in Rome for 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months, be prepared to step into the world’s biggest open air museum. You can decide to follow the typical tourist paths or be brave enough to go off the beaten tracks. One way or the other, Rome will romance you, surprise you and leave you with wanting more! Rome is one of world’s most photogenic cities – not surprising when you consider what’s here: The Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum and so much more!

Whether you spend your time sightseeing, or watching the world go by in a pretty outdoor cafe, it will be your turn to feature in your very own Roman Holiday. Rome is a romantic place for honey-moon, favorite holiday destination, and city of fashion.  

Jewish Rome: The first Jews in Rome came directly from Israel in 160 B. C. It was Chanukah and the Maccabees decided to travel as ambassadors to Rome in order to ask for protection from the Romans against the Syrian King Antiochus who had been giving the Jews in Palestine a hard time. So they came to Rome, and as you can see or will soon see, how could they not like it? (Roma has a nice climate, there was an important harbor, and there was much potential for business and better life).

This small group of Jews settled and created the first community in the Golah. In 70 C.E Titus destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem. He brought many Jews to Rome as slaves, as well as the Menorah stolen from the Temple. The Jews living in Rome paid a ransom to liberate their brothers.
All that happened more than 2,000 years agoÂ…and still we thrive here today, after the Inquisition, the persecutions, the Ghetto and the concentration camps. There are only 16,000 Jews in Rome, yet we are the oldest community in this city. We never moved from here. We have been witness to so much change, yet our traditions and values still remain strong while living a Jewish life in a society based around Christianity.

 

And right in the ghetto, a neighborhood full of history, where you find the Jewish Museum of Rome, a little gem housed in the complex of the Great Synagogue, opened in 1960 to preserve the testimonies of the Jewish Community of Rome. In its 700 square meters, about 400 Roman silver  pieces from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are displayed, nearly 1000 precious fabrics from all over Europe, casts, marble, and illuminated scrolls that tell the history of two thousand years of Roman Jews.

It is not only the impressive synagogue, built in 1874 and facing the Tiber Island, which attracts many visitors who come to visit, but also the Roman, medieval and renaissance ruins in Via del Portico d’Ottavia, the symbolic center of the district along with Piazza delle Cinque Scole. An architectural hybrid surrounded by tall, Umbertine palaces moving towards the Tiber which exemplify the different building stratification in the neighborhood. These layers are perhaps matched only by the wide wine and food offerings in the district.  In the ghetto of Rome it is also possible to sample the authentic, traditional, Roman-Jewish cuisine and choose from many kosher eateries there, and the best bakery in town.

The Ghetto is also a place of memory. In fact, there are many testaments to the Nazi persecution and one of its squares, named after the date of the largest sequestration of Jews in the history of Italy: Piazza 16 Ottobre 1943. That day, roughly 1,000 Jews, mostly women and children, were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz where almost all perished.

The Jewish Rome is, however, more extensive than the ancient perimeter of the ghetto. All over Rome you can attend and visit many temples with different customs – Sephardic, Italian, Moadim – and discover the traces of Jewish presence even in the Roman Forum or the archaeological site of Ostia Antica.

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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