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South America from Rio de Janeiro

SOUTH AMERICA FROM RIO DE JANEIRO

KOSHER CRUISE

JANUARY 15 - 23, 2020
8 NIGHTS

Costa Cruises Pacifica

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Make sure to inquire about our beautiful post cruise land tour package which will include a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro on disembarkation day followed by a beautiful Shabbat in the stunning world renowned Copacabana Palace Hotel right on the Copacabana Beach, and for the grand finale - a spectacular tour of the world famous must-see Amazon Rainforest.

SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

Stephen Savitsky

Stephen Savitsky of Hewlett, NY was the former Chairman and President of the Orthodox Union. He traveled widely 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 major Jewish events and conferences. He is presently a member of the executive committee of the OU and is a scholar in residence at many OU synagogues. He has held many leadership roles in the Jewish community including current President of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, Vice President of the Bnai Zion Foundation and member of the executive board of Partners in Torah. He was the founder and president of the Kew Garden Hills eruv , president of Congregation Anshei Chesed in Hewlett, NY and Chairman of the Board of Mesivta Ohr Torah in Forest Hills, NY. He was a former board member of Hias Mesorah Heritage Foundation and the Jewish Agency. Mr. Savitsky is the President and Chairman of the Board of ATC Healthcare which is a nationwide provider of medical staffing. He was also the founder and CEO of Staff Builders, one of the nation’s largest home health care companies. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in economics and received an MBA from the Baruch Graduate School of Business with a specialization in finance and marketing. He is married to Genie (Nee Tennenbaum) and, B”H, has many grandchildren and was blessed in 2015 with two great grandchildren.

ITINERARY

Day 1, Wed, January 15
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Departs 8:00pm

Day 2, Thu, January 16
Buzios, Brazil
Arrives 8:00am- Departs 6:00pm

Day 3, Fri, January 17
Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil
Arrives 8:00am - Departs 2:00pm

Day 4, Sat, January 18
At Sea

Day 5, Sun, January 19
Montevideo, Uruguay
Arrives 1:00pm - Departs 7:00pm

Day 6, Mon, January 20
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrives 8:00am- Departs 7:00pm

Day 7, Tue, January 21
At Sea

Day 8, Wed, January 22
At Sea

Day 9, Thu, January 23
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arrives 10:00am

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Inside Staterooms
CATEGORY
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ICInside Stateroom$2,580  Waitlist
IPInside Stateroom$2,635  Waitlist

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

Outside Staterooms
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DESCRIPTION
PRICE
ECOutside Stateroom$3,095  Waitlist
EPOutside Stateroom$3,135  Waitlist

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

Veranda Staterooms
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DESCRIPTION
PRICE
BCVeranda Stateroom$3,340 
BPVeranda Stateroom$3,440 

Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with beautiful private veranda overlooking the water. Cabin includes a private bathroom with shower, seating area with desk, vanity, TV and other amenities. Cabin - 185 sq ft Balcony - 35 sq ft

Mini Suites
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DESCRIPTION
PRICE
MSMini Suite$4,900  Waitlist

Two twins that convert to queen-size bed with beautiful private veranda overlooking the water. Cabin includes a private bathroom with shower, seating area with desk, vanity, TV and other amenities. Cabin - 246 sq ft Balcony - 40 sq ft

Suites
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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 including balcony.$6,300  Waitlist
SUSamsara Suite - Samsara Suites have two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, vanity, flat screen television, generous closet space, and a private bathroom with double sinks and tub/shower combination. There is a sitting area with desk, sofa bed, and armchair. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your spacious veranda with lounge seating. Guests will also have unlimited access to the World class Samsara Spa. 337 sq. ft. including balcony$6,850  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 including balcony.$7,050  Waitlist

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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 $1980 (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 $229.93
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
    • Approx. $12.50 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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TRAVEL INSURANCE

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 […]

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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.

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

Rio- Stop dreaming of Brazil and actually live it in the famous Copacabana beach. One of the most beautiful bays in the world is, not surprisingly, found in one of the most magnificent cities.  Take advantage of this stop in the port of Rio de Janeiro to find out why this metropolis is known as the “wonderful city.”  You can relax on the famous Copacabana beach, nicknamed the “Princess of the Sea,” enjoy the city views from the Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Buzios- Brazil means fun and dancing, magnificent nature and a friendly population, Buzios is the perfect expression of all this. Take advantage of the park in the city of Buzios to enjoy the scenery of paradise and the sparkling atmosphere of this coastal town nicknamed the “Saint Tropez of Brazil”. During the stop, relax in the tropical paradise of Praia da Ferradura, discover the enchanting beauty of Ilha Branca with its extraordinary nature and admire the fascinating heritage of the city of Cabo Frio.

Ilhabela- Brazil is rich in beaches and crystal clear seas, rivers and waterfalls that give us beautiful scenery. The island of Ilhabela is a sublime expression of this. Take advantage of the stop in the port of Ilhabela to discover the wonders of nature and the magical atmosphere of one of the largest sea islands along the Brazilian coast. During this stop you can enjoy the beautiful beach of Jabaquara or go to Toca Falls and enjoy the clear water and fine sand of the famous Curral Beach.

Montevideo- Uruguay has an enormously important historical, cultural and natural heritage. We take advantage of our stop in Montevideo to discover it.  In Montevideo you can discover beaches and the charming colonial, cultural and historical heritage of Uruguay’s capital. Enjoy the colonial architecture of the famous palaces of the Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo’s famous old town, visit the magnificent Parco del Prado to enjoy its fairytale landscapes and see some magnificent works at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Buenos Aires- Argentina was the promised land for many European immigrants and today, the capital, Buenos Aires welcomes us warmly.
Take advantage of the stop in the port of Buenos Aires to discover the cultural and natural treasures of one of the largest cities in Latin America, the capital of Argentina and of tango. During this stop, you can admire the fairy tale landscape of the famous Parc 3 de Febrero, visit the extraordinary Congress Square and attend a great tango show at the Café de Los Angelitos.

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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