Greek Isles & Italy



JULY 8 - 18, 2024

Norwegian Cruise Line Epic

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Rabbi Schneur Kaplan

Rabbi Schneur Kaplan was born in NY into a Rabbinic family.
He was raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to Montreal Canada in his teens.
He was educated at the Rabbinical College of Canada and received his Rabbinical ordination at the prestigious Rabbinical Ordination Institute in Melbourne Australia.
In 2000 he was sent together with his wife Devorah to serve as the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s emissaries to Downtown Fort Lauderdale where they established the Downtown Jewish Center Chabad.
The DJCC serves the Fort Lauderdale community with a growing Shul a Reggio Preschool, a Hebrew school and a multitude of programs and educational activities for all ages.
Rabbi Kaplan serves as a Chaplain for the local Hospitals and Prisons caring for the needs of the incarcerated, elderly and infirm.
Rabbi Kaplan is  a trained cantor.  He has lead services around the world in places as far as Melbourne, Brasil, Banff Canada and Irvine California. He is a self trained guitarist and loves to share His melodious and warm voice in a Kumzitz atmosphere.
Rabbi Kaplan is sought after as a  friend and mentor in the Jewish recovery community and lecturer of Kabbalah & chassidic philosophy.

Devorah Kaplan

Mother of 7, one of 14 siblings and hailing from prestigious Rabbinic lineages, it is no wonder that this 5th generation American woman has devoted the last 28 years of her life to education.
Devorah Kaplan (Nee Hecht) was born and raised in Queens New York.
In 1998, After spending 2 years studying and touring abroad, Devorah graduated  from Beth Rivkah Seminary in Yerres, France with her European Pedagogie degree.  She immediately began teaching full time in Brooklyn and Queens New York.
In 2000, she moved to Fort Lauderdale with her husband Rabbi Schneur Kaplan and their young son,  embarking on the mission to share their love of Judaism and passion for learning. Together they opened the Downtown Jewish Center Chabad which proudly boasts a Reggio Preschool, Hebrew school, Bar and bat mitzvah clubs, the Solomon leadership program, a young professional cohort and a multitude of social, religious and educational programs for the entire community of all ages.
Devorah is an early childhood expert lending her experience and knowledge  to the children and adults of her community.
In addition to running the children’s educational programs she gives inspiring and empowering weekly lectures to women of all ages on a myriad of topics.
She holds a certification as a Somatic Healing Trauma Coach  incorporating these skills and her passion for holistic healing and growth with her community and beyond.
Devorah speaks  French, Hebrew and English.
Her passion for her community, the Jewish people and the land of Israel is evident in all she does – she recently launched a program called IDF Connect  – supporting individual soldiers on the front lines through connection love gifts and prayers.

For more information on Rabbi Schneur and Devorah Kaplan and their projects visit


Day 1, Mon, July 8
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (EMBARK)
Departs 5:00pm

Day 2, Tue, July 9
At Sea

Day 3, Wed, July 10
Santorini, Greece
Arrives 1:00pm - Departs 10:00pm

Day 4, Thu, July 11
Athens (Port of Piraeus), Greece
Arrives 7:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 5, Fri, July 12
Mykonos, Greece
Arrives 7:00am - Departs 4:00pm

Day 6, Sat, July 13
Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
Arrives 8:00am - Departs 4:00pm

Day 7, Sun, July 14
Valletta, Malta
Arrives 11:00am - Departs 10:00pm

Day 8, Mon, July 15
Messina, Italy
Arrives 8:00am - Departs 6:00pm

Day 9, Tue, July 16
Naples, Italy
Arrives 6:45am - Departs 4:30pm

Day 10, Wed, July 17
Livorno, Italy
Arrives 9:00am - Departs 8:30pm

Day 11, Thu, July 18
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Arrives 6:00am


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Inside Stateroom
IAInside Stateroom- High Deck$4,660  Waitlist

Norwegian Epic Inside Staterooms are a great and affordable accommodation. They feature a separate bathroom with shower and two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed. Total Approx. Size: 129 sq. ft.

Balcony Stateroom
BAMid-ship Balcony$5,775  Waitlist

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. Approx. Size: 204 sq. ft. Balcony: 43 sq. ft.

Club Balcony Suite
MCClub Balcony Suite$6,315  Waitlist
MBClub Balcony Suite$6,335  Waitlist
MAMid-ship Club Balcony Suite$6,350  Waitlist

Spacious, stylish suites let you unwind with indulgences like fine linens, luxury bath, sliding glass doors and a private balcony. Approx. Size: 236 sq. ft. Balcony: 53 sq. ft.

The Haven Suite
HFThe Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony - Size: Approx 312 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 75 sq. ft.$10,380  Waitlist
HCThe Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Balcony - Size: 319 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 81 sq. ft.$10,730  Waitlist
HIThe Haven Penthouse Suite with Balcony - Size: 317-378 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 54-84 sq. ft.$10,800  Waitlist
H6The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony - Size: 495 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 54 sq. ft.$15,660  Waitlist
H2The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony - Size: 850 sq. ft. Balcony Size: 118 sq. ft.$19,320  Waitlist

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.

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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 $2775 (adult or child).
  • Capacity for 3rd/4th passenger may not be available for all cabin categories.
  • These rates do not include port charges and taxes of $179.18
  • 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.
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
    • $20.00 per guest per day for Club Balcony Suites and below.
    • $25.00 per guest per day for any suite or Haven category.

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 120 days before sailing. Less than 120 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.

  • On our Europe sailings you can 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.
  • In the Winter months - the Epic will sail out of NYC!

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.


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.


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, airfare, telephone calls, faxes, spa treatments, salon services, photographs, laundry and valet service.

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


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.


Rome – 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”.
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. This small group of Jews settled and created the first community in the Golah. All that happened more than 2,000 years ago…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. 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.

Santorini –  Santorini (or Thera) is one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide and the most visited Greek island.  Located on the southern side of the Aegean sea, Santorini in Greece is a part of the Cyclades islands group. The island was reshaped after a huge eruption of the volcano that occurred in the 17th century B.C. and formed the breathtaking caldera. The landscape of Santorini is definitely one of a kind!

Athens –  Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple.

Mykonos – An island of beauty and magic. Mykonos has been known as the island of the winds, and it’s located in the heart of the Cyclades group.

Valletta – Malta’s capital Valletta is a fortified city located on a hilly peninsula between two of the finest natural harbours in the Mediterranean.

Messina – A must-see for cruise ships taking tourists around the Mediterranean. The best way to explore it is on foot, that is why it is also the favorite destination for this kind of tourism.

Naples – Naples, a city in southern Italy, sits on the Bay of Naples. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., Naples has centuries of important art and architecture. The city’s cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle.

Florence/Pisa (Livorno) – One art piece of Jewish themed art dominates this beautiful city is David, created by the artist Michelangelo.

Just across the Ponte Vecchio, in the maze of old lanes that face the Pitti Palace, is the via Ramagliau (once called Via dei Giudei or “Street of the Jews”) which remains unchanged from the Renaissance. The streets are about 10 feet wide and are framed in by gray and yellow, three story houses with brown shutters.

The famous Duomo, was started in 1296, and what most people don’t see, are the wooden side doors on the south side of the cathedral, where one can see one Tablet of the Law with the first five commandments written in Hebrew. Another set of carved doors were started in 1425 and finished in 1452. They are the 10 carved panels on the doors of the Baptistery, which represent 10 scenes from the Bible as carved by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

The famous Medici ruler and humanist Lorenzo the Magnificent invited Sephardic Jews to settle in Florence in the fifteenth century because he wanted to have international traders and bankers in the city state. Even when the ghetto existed, restrictions were not so rigorously enforced, so Florence became a safe haven for Jewish refugees fleeing from Spain and the other Papal States. When Napoleon opened the gates of the ghetto, it was not such an enormous change as elsewhere. Again, in Florence the occupation of the Germans meant that about one-fourth of the community, including the rabbi, were sent to the death camps.


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 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 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:

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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