Kosherica, the world leader in Glatt Kosher luxury cruises and vacations, has 3 Alaska cruises scheduled for the summer of 2018.
Alaska cruises, of course, are the most popular and comfortable way to experience some of the world’s most magnificent scenery. The trip begins after you feasted your eyes on the mountain and water views of Seattle, Washington. Perhaps even soaring up to the top of the futuristic Space Needle to take in the beauty of the blend of nature and super cosmopolitan views. Then at 4:00pm it’s time to embark the beautiful cruise ship – the Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl and the Alaskan adventure begins.
After settling down in your cabin the most delectable Glatt Kosher gourmet dinner awaits you, with several choices for each of the many courses. At night, you may choose to enjoy the variety of venues, performances, shows and lectures. Or you may want to shower and curl up in your comfortable bed in your lovely stateroom. If you get hungry or feel like a late-night snack, Kosherica has hot and cold drinks, delicious small cakes and finger food, all Glatt Kosher.This you’ll notice more the first day, which is spent at sea, but Tuesday early afternoon the ship arrives In Juneau, Alaska and the excitement begins. Even before arrival, if you pay attention, you might see whales dancing about and the first glaciers come into view. Juneau, the capital has it all – unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Ford, Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Old Historic Downtown is fascinating as it has remnants of the "Gold Rush" of the late 1890’s. If you can, do take a shore excursion to the regally stunning Mendenhall Glacier – only 12 miles outside of Juneau.
The next day, after a breakfast with freshly baked breads and pastries by the Glatt Kosher pastry chef accompanied by a cornucopia of delicacies fit for royalty, you may disembark at Skagway. This charming town was very important during the Gold Rush. Between 1896-1897 it grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Food was scarce, winter was cold and I’m always reminded of the Chaplin film where the little tramp is starving and frozen so he cooks his shoes and eats the laces like spaghetti. Still today lots of remnants of those days can be found in the Skagway boardwalk and its charming buildings, which are replicas of yesteryear.
Dinner on the ship will be a wonderful reminder of how blessed we are to have such delightful Glatt Kosher food.
The ship departs at night and the next morning the passengers awaken to cruising close and almost within touch of one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders. Glacier Bay National Park, a UN World Heritage Site, is comprised of 3.3 million acres of miraculous wonders. You’ll see glaciers that look like sparkly jewels, magnificently glittering as the light hits them. Snow-capped mountains and wildlife, an abundance of birds and even the occasional sea mammal. My mom says she once saw a school of whales romping around…
The next stop is Ketchikan, arriving early in the morning just to catch the beauty of this lush wilderness. Eagles and other birds are abundant, perched atop the many trees. It’s nature, pure and simple. There is enough to see and wonder at in the few hours on shore. Departure is 1:30pm giving you plenty of time to have the best lunch, (Kosherica lunches are my favorite), take in a lecture or read a book on deck and get ready for Shabbat services.
Shabbat is spent on the ship resting and relaxing, enjoying Yiddishkeit, tefilah and the peace of pleasant company.
Soon it is Sunday as you awaken and enjoy your last delicious Glatt Kosher breakfast, it’s time to disembark in Seattle, Washington. This is a trip you’ll never forget.