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"First" in Antarctica?
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:29:18 AM »
Not to be *that* guy, or to detract anything from this incredible trip (because it doesn't), but I'm not sure why there keeps being mention of "firsts" - this is not the first Orthodox group to do this cruise.
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 08:34:20 AM »
Not to be *that* guy, or to detract anything from this incredible trip (because it doesn't), but I'm not sure why there keeps being mention of "firsts" - this is not the first Orthodox group to do this cruise.
When has this been done before?

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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2018, 09:06:43 AM »
When has this been done before?
Mid 90s, my father was a rov/mashgiach on such a cruise. Granted this seems to be *far* better arranged by Dan and SF, but there have been minyanim and shiurim in Antarctica.
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 09:07:41 AM »
Mid 90s, my father was a rov/mashgiach on such a cruise. Granted this seems to be *far* better arranged by Dan and SF, but there have been minyanim and shiurim in Antarctica.
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2018, 09:17:45 AM »
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2018, 09:18:33 AM »
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2018, 09:20:58 AM »
Mid 90s, my father was a rov/mashgiach on such a cruise. Granted this seems to be *far* better arranged by Dan and SF, but there have been minyanim and shiurim in Antarctica.
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2018, 09:22:37 AM »
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2018, 09:24:56 AM »
Mid 90s, my father was a rov/mashgiach on such a cruise. Granted this seems to be *far* better arranged by Dan and SF, but there have been minyanim and shiurim in Antarctica.
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2018, 09:51:51 AM »
Not to be *that* guy, or to detract anything from this incredible trip (because it doesn't), but I'm not sure why there keeps being mention of "firsts" - this is not the first Orthodox group to do this cruise.
Lets go back to using “historic”. 😂
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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2018, 09:56:04 AM »
Mid 90s, my father was a rov/mashgiach on such a cruise. Granted this seems to be *far* better arranged by Dan and SF, but there have been minyanim and shiurim in Antarctica.

Was this the trip you are referring to?  https://www.jta.org/1997/12/04/archive/u-s-rabbi-leading-kosher-tour-of-the-pristine-land-of-antarctica-2

U.S. Rabbi Leading Kosher Tour of the Pristine Land of Antarctica

December 4, 1997

Now you can visit Antarctica and have your gefilte fish, too. An American rabbi is leading a cruise to the icy continent that includes kosher catering and arrangements to avoid travel on Shabbat.

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, who served Jewish communities in the Far East for 15 years, has been leading tours to China and India annually since he returned to the United States 17 years ago.

While in the Far East, he said, “I realized there were so many American tourists and travelers who would visit, and many of them were Jewish, but those who were religiously observant were not among the travelers.”

Over the years he has led groups of religiously observant Jews on tours of Japan, China, India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

But he had never visited Antarctica.

The tour is scheduled to see a part of the world that has been pristine almost since Creation, said Tokayer, who referred to a Talmudic passage which states that after death one is asked if he took advantage of all the permitted pleasures of the world.

“I can say I had a chance” to see the last unexplored part of God’s Creation, said Tokayer, who lives near New York City.

In addition to the kosher meals, there will be daily religious services for participants, and Tokayer will give lectures on Jewish religious themes.

Tokayer said 50 people will participate in the mid-December tour aboard the Marco Polo, a cruise ship equipped with a kosher kitchen. Space was limited because of ecological concerns a large tour would present.

The tour, organized by Lotus Tours of New York, is slated to take place during the Antarctic summer, the mildest time of year on the harsh continent.

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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2018, 02:44:43 PM »
I believe so

I remember my grandparents going on this trip. The trip was over Chanukkah...

"PORT CALLS: Lotus Tours of New York and Rabbi Marvin Tokayer are organizing a 16-day kosher cruise-tour to Antarctica on Orient Lines' 850-passenger Marco Polo. The "Antarctica Through Jewish Eyes" program, which departs Dec. 20 from Buenos Aires, features Antarctic explorations, lectures, seminars and glatt kosher meals, prepared on board under rabbinical supervision. Cruise fares start at $5,395 per person, double occupancy. Air add-ons from many U.S. cities are available. An optional two-night pre-cruise package includes hotel stays in Buenos Aires, Shabbat services and programs with the local Jewish community; the packages costs $499 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Lotus Tours, 212-267-5414." https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/travel/1997/01/26/full-steam-ahead/2a6254ad-82fd-4337-b7d7-8ef05dcd3a53/?utm_term=.9b0cc358c291 

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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2018, 02:47:14 PM »
I remember my grandparents going on this trip. The trip was over Chanukkah...

"PORT CALLS: Lotus Tours of New York and Rabbi Marvin Tokayer are organizing a 16-day kosher cruise-tour to Antarctica on Orient Lines' 850-passenger Marco Polo. The "Antarctica Through Jewish Eyes" program, which departs Dec. 20 from Buenos Aires, features Antarctic explorations, lectures, seminars and glatt kosher meals, prepared on board under rabbinical supervision. Cruise fares start at $5,395 per person, double occupancy. Air add-ons from many U.S. cities are available. An optional two-night pre-cruise package includes hotel stays in Buenos Aires, Shabbat services and programs with the local Jewish community; the packages costs $499 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Lotus Tours, 212-267-5414." https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/travel/1997/01/26/full-steam-ahead/2a6254ad-82fd-4337-b7d7-8ef05dcd3a53/?utm_term=.9b0cc358c291
OMG. How prices have went soaring since then....

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Re: "First" in Antarctica?
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2018, 02:58:46 PM »
I remember my grandparents going on this trip. The trip was over Chanukkah...

"PORT CALLS: Lotus Tours of New York and Rabbi Marvin Tokayer are organizing a 16-day kosher cruise-tour to Antarctica on Orient Lines' 850-passenger Marco Polo. The "Antarctica Through Jewish Eyes" program, which departs Dec. 20 from Buenos Aires, features Antarctic explorations, lectures, seminars and glatt kosher meals, prepared on board under rabbinical supervision. Cruise fares start at $5,395 per person, double occupancy. Air add-ons from many U.S. cities are available. An optional two-night pre-cruise package includes hotel stays in Buenos Aires, Shabbat services and programs with the local Jewish community; the packages costs $499 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Lotus Tours, 212-267-5414." https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/travel/1997/01/26/full-steam-ahead/2a6254ad-82fd-4337-b7d7-8ef05dcd3a53/?utm_term=.9b0cc358c291
Intresting that It was about a third of the price and 6 days longer....