Danube Riverboat Jewish Heritage Cruise

DANUBE RIVERBOAT JEWISH HERITAGE CRUISE

KOSHER CRUISE

AUGUST 15 - 22, 2024
7 NIGHTS

MS Amadeus Nova

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Rabbi Aubrey Hersh

Rabbi Aubrey Hersh was born and raised in the United Kingdom. For the past 25 years he has been based at the JLE in London, where he is currently Senior Lecturer, and has lectured internationally on History, Philosophy & Halacha.

Since 2003, Rabbi Hersh has run more than 350 heritage tours across Europe, as well as specialising in Holocaust Education working with the Imperial War Museum and Sir Martin Gilbert.

Starting in May 2021, he developed a very popular Jewish History podcast: “History for the Curious”, which now has over 10,000 weekly downloads. The topics range across the spectrum of the last two and a half thousand years and serve a diverse global audience.

ITINERARY

Day 1, Thu, August 15
Budapest
Embarkation 4:00pm

Day 2, Fri, August 16
Budapest

Day 3, Sat, August 17
Budapest

Day 4, Sun, August 18
Bratislava (Slovokia), Chatam Sofer

Day 5, Mon, August 19
Vienna (Austria)

Day 6, Tue, August 20
Vienna (Austria)

Day 7, Wed, August 21
Mauthausen Memorial, Salzburg Sound of Music Tour

Day 8, Thu, August 22
Passau (Germany)
Disembark 8:00am

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Cabin with panoramic window
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PRICE
C-4Cabin with panoramic window$5,090  Waitlist
C-1Cabin with panoramic window$5,690 

Panoramic windows (cannot be opened), ample closet space, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 172 sq. ft.

Cabin with Drop-Down Panoramic Window
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B-4Cabin with Drop-down window$7,090  Waitlist
B-1Cabin with Drop-down window$7,590 
A-1Cabin with Drop-down window$8,090 

Drop-down panoramic window, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 188 sq. ft.

Suite with Walk-Out Balcony
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SSuite with Walk-out balcony$9,790 

Walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 284 sq. ft.

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  • Rates are subject to change without notice.
  • All rates are per person based on double occupancy.
  • $1000 per person deposit due at time of booking.
  • Single rate is 170% in all categories.
  • Capacity for 3rd/4th passenger is not available.
  • This rate does not include prepaid gratuities:
  • $14.00 per guest per day for all categories.
  • 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.
  • Please note the riverboat reserves the right to make changes to itineraries and excursion due to possible unforeseen circumstances such like low or high water which impacts sailings. In such cases the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along that section by bus, accommodate them in hotels and /or change the course of that part of the journey. In some circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship. These situations are rare but do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations.

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 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

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, 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 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

The Danube river boat Jewish heritage cruise is one of the most spectacular vacations that we offer. Part of what makes it incredible is the huge assortment of excursions that automatically come with this experience. Our daily excursions always include a rich array of Jewish heritage sites and secular cultural sites. Our goal is to give our guests a comprehensive experience. We want you to understand all the Jewish history alongside with a full understanding of each city. Below is a very brief description of each location. Please understand that it may change as we flush out the itinerary to make it the most comprehensive experience we can.

  • Budapest– The star of the Danube (Budapest) is outrightly known for so many famous things. For instance, the rich culture, underground caves, Danube River, the drop-dead beautiful Parliament Building, local delicacies, and being the world’s Spa capital (we recommend visiting the thermal spa!!). We will be doing a general city tour to explore the magnificent beauty of this city. We will then explore the Jewish section which will include one of the largest synagogues in Europe, the Dohany Synagogue- the best evidence of the Golden Period-, the delicate and emotional Holocaust water Memorial, the gorgeous and ornate Sephardic Synagogue. We will have plenty of time for you to explore this city in full as we will be there from Thursday through Shabbat. The kosher restaurants are insanely good. Hungry is known as one of the best culinary cities in Europe. We highly recommend doing the thermal spas, Parliament tours or literally people watching or shopping in the main square (shopping in Budapest is one of the more affordable places to get some great deals).
  • Bratislava– Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. Before Shabbat we will be visiting the grave of Moses Schreiber (1762–1839), known as the Chatam Sofer, one of the leading Orthodox rabbis of European Jewry in the first half of the nineteenth century.
  • Vienna (2 days)-Vienna is known for its ornate palaces, rich classical music and intellectual cafes, incredible shopping but the city isn’t all fun experiences. A walk through Vienna’s historically Jewish neighborhood tells a very different story– one of both great success and devastating tragedy. We will explore the Judenplatz, literally meaning “Jewish Square.” In the heart of Vienna’s first district, this was the center of Jewish life at the time. Today, the site is home to the Shoah memorial and the Judenplatz museum, a division of the Jewish museum.We will also go to Leopoldstadt, Vienna’s second district, which has been the historic center of Jewish life in the city since 1624, when Ferdinand II sanctioned the creation of a Jewish ghetto. We will also do a WWII walking tour of Vienna to understand the city’s influence on Hitler and see the spots that were once key Nazi offices. Guests will have the option to see the Jewish Museum of Vienna which highlights Jewish life and culture in Austria from the Middle Ages to the present day. To lighten things up we will also have a general city tour and give guests the options of visiting the SCHӦNBRUNN PALACE, shopping the fantastic stores or sitting in cafes. For younger people there is so much to choose from including incredible historical virtual reality museum, zoo, Segway tours. We also highly recommend exploring culture at night.
  • Mauthausen – A Nazi concentration camp on a hill above the market town of Mauthausen, Upper Austria. It was the main camp of a group with nearly 100 further subcamps located throughout Austria and southern Germany. We will spend about 1.5 hours here. This site is too intense for you we will give you the option to go to a local nearby town
  • Salzburg– Salzburg is the stunningly picturesque city where W. A. Mozart was born and the shooting location for “The Sound of Music”. The narrow lanes and broad squares of this baroque city have taken their deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We will do the sound of music tour and have some time to walk around the magical cobblestone city
  • Passau -This will be the last stop of the cruise and we will have a bus to transport guests to Munich airport (MUC) as this is the closest international airport to Passau.

ONBOARD FACILITIES
• Panorama-Restaurant
• Panorama-Bar and Lounge
• Amadeus-Club
• “Café Vienna” with Viennese coffee specialities
• Outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace”
• Heated pool
• Sun Deck with Sun Deck Lounge, lounge chairs, shade awnings, Golf Putting Green, giant Chess Board and Shuffleboard
• Fitness Room, Massage Room
• Gift Shop, Laundry Service
• Complimentary bicycles on board
• Wi-Fi available
• Elevator

STATEROOM AMENITIES

• Suites (26,4 m2/284 sq.ft.) with comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk- out exterior balcony
• Staterooms (17,5 m2/188 sq.ft.) on Strauss and Mozart Deck with drop down panoramic windows
• Staterooms (16 m2/172 sq.ft.) on Haydn Deck with smaller panoramic windows (cannot be opened)
• Mini-Bar (all staterooms except categories C-1 and C-4)
• Walk-in wardrobe
• Choice of bed configuration: double or twin bed
• Flat-screen television
• Individual climate control
• Bathrooms with walk-in shower
• Bathrobes in Suites
• Hair dryer
• Direct dial telephone
• In-room safe

TECHNICAL DATA
• Built: 2024
• Register: Germany
• Length: 135 m | 443 feet
• Width: 11,4 m | 37,5 feet
• Height above water: 6 m | 19,8 feet
• Speed: 25 km/h | 15,5 mph
• Decks: 4
• Staterooms / Suites: 67/12
• Max. passengers: 158
• Crew members: approx. 46

Kosherica is thrilled to partner with one of the most respected riverboat companies for our Glatt Kosher riverboat sailings aboard the stunning Amadeus Riverboats.

This all Kosher riverboat Jewish vacation is geared towards those desiring a luxury Kosher vacation in an intimate setting. The ship is exclusively Kosher and will visit some of the most thrilling cities infused with Jewish history. This special Jewish Heritage cruise will feature Rabbi Weil as our esteemed historian and scholar.

Our riverboat will have our all star Rabbinical staff and mashgichim that work day and night to ensure that the hashgacha is top notch. Our sailing will also have our usual group of world class chefs that will work tirelessly to provide Glatt Kosher Gourmet cuisine that is known as the best in the industry. Everyone knows that sailing with Kosherica means you get the best customer service, highest quality Glatt Kosher food, top notch organization and a world class experience that is the best in the Jewish travel Industry. Sail with Kosherica and Sail with the Best.

Please note, Koserica is expecting to sell out of this long awaited vacation. Please make sure to book in advance.

Amenities include:

– AMADEUS Club which is a fantastic sitting area with sliding windows and access to an outdoor “Club Terrace”

–For those wanted to relax outside there is a  large sun deck with comfortable loungers

– Modern fitness room

– Massage Salon

– A lovely Panorama Restaurant which will feature Kosherica’s world class Glatt Kosher cuisine and food.

– A Panorama Bar where there will be nightly talks and musicians. Its a place to join after a long day of adventures.

– The most modern WIFI system on the rivers

– Elevator

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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