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IslandsKosherPoints Hotels?Notes
Anguilla   ??               
Antigua   ??               
Aruba   Chabad   Marriott, Ritz Carlton,...etc            
Bahamas  Chabad  Atlantis-Marriott, Baha Mar-Hyatt  Weather forcast always says rain but in reality mostly nice weather 
Barbados    Chabad              
Bermuda    Colder, and Bermuda Triangle....
Cuba    ??              
Curaçao   Chabad          Hyatt     
Cancun   Kosher Restaurants, Chabad   St Regis, Hyatt, Westin...etc            Not Carribean but close enough
Cozumel   Chabad +         Not Carribean but close enough
Dominican Republic    Chabad + Year Round Kosher Hotel  Westin            
Grand Cayman    Kosher Frozen Food at the Ritz and Chabad Ritz, Westin..           
Jamaica    Chabad   Hyatt, Hilton            
Martinique    Chabad             
Puerto Rico    ChabadSt Regis x2, Ritz Carlton, W...etc            80% of the Island doen't have power All restored now
St Barts   Chabad              
St Kitts    Supermarket Carries many marked itemsPH            
St Lucia   Chabad              
St Martin   Chabad            
St Thomas    Chabad   Ritz Carlton, Wyndham, Westin on ST John            
Turk & CaicosChabad              
* Zika Status - I think its fair to say they all have it today most islands just stop reporting it.


HT: Davidmal

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Author Topic: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread  (Read 180902 times)

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: November 19, 2014, 11:47:53 AM »
Another vote for the cruise here, though will be very expensive if you do it the right way with Kosherica.
Not guaranteed a minyan without Kosherica. Although you can book a regular reservation on a boat that has a kosher group on it and daven with them, but won't be able to eat their food.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: November 19, 2014, 12:16:28 PM »

Not guaranteed a minyan without Kosherica. Although you can book a regular reservation on a boat that has a kosher group on it and daven with them, but won't be able to eat their food.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: November 19, 2014, 02:08:27 PM »
Not guaranteed a minyan without Kosherica. Although you can book a regular reservation on a boat that has a kosher group on it and daven with them, but won't be able to eat their food.

Even that you may not be able to do. They have gotten more strict about it over the years, now they make you pay if you want to Daven in their room.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: November 19, 2014, 02:16:29 PM »
Even that you may not be able to do. They have gotten more strict about it over the years, now they make you pay if you want to Daven in their room.
Wow. I did that about 2.5 years ago and there was some commotion about the kosher group not wanting "the others" to use their Torah, but in the end we were all one happy minyan.  ;D

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #124 on: November 19, 2014, 02:29:02 PM »
Wow. I did that about 2.5 years ago and there was some commotion about the kosher group not wanting "the others" to use their Torah, but in the end we were all one happy minyan.  ;D

When I did it about 1.5 years ago with Kosherica, they told the other people to give a donation to a certain Yeshiva if they participate in the Minyan, thought that was fair. But they told me, one time a huge group (like 50+ people) who weren't part of Kosherica, came on a cruise that had a group on it, and they were turned away for the Minyan.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: November 19, 2014, 03:31:48 PM »

Even that you may not be able to do. They have gotten more strict about it over the years, now they make you pay if you want to Daven in their room.

That's new.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: November 19, 2014, 04:28:09 PM »
That's new.

People were taking advantage over them. And at the end of the day, Minyan costs money too, to get the Torah, rent the private room etc..

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: November 19, 2014, 06:15:49 PM »
They really should contract with the cruise operator that nobody is allowed to get kosher meals at all outside of their program.

That's how I would structure it.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: November 19, 2014, 07:15:50 PM »

They really should contract with the cruise operator that nobody is allowed to get kosher meals at all outside of their program.

That's how I would structure it.

But some food happens to be kosher.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: November 19, 2014, 07:20:52 PM »
They really should contract with the cruise operator that nobody is allowed to get kosher meals at all outside of their program.

That's how I would structure it.

Why would the cruise do that? The kosher food you get from kosherica and the food you get otherwise is completely different. You would get same kosher food on any cruise.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: November 19, 2014, 08:23:14 PM »
Why would the cruise do that? The kosher food you get from kosherica and the food you get otherwise is completely different. You would get same kosher food on any cruise.

The cruise would not want to.   Kosherica would have to negotiate it from them as part of their agreement. Kosherica would want to do it to stop freeloading on their program and to corner the kosher market.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: December 01, 2014, 07:50:26 PM »
Which Caribbean island can I book with avios?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: December 01, 2014, 07:52:21 PM »
Which Caribbean island can I book with avios?

Basically every one is connected through MIA.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: December 03, 2014, 10:40:07 AM »
Go on a cruise from Sunday till Sunday so shabbos u are on the water

do you really recommend going on a 7 day cruise rather then staying on 1 island for a week?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: December 03, 2014, 10:41:23 AM »
Another vote for the cruise here, though will be very expensive if you do it the right way with Kosherica.

Kosherica is way too expensive for me, close to 3k pp.

do you really recommend going on a 7 night cruise, rather than staying on 1 island for the week?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #135 on: December 03, 2014, 11:21:48 AM »
Basically every one is connected through MIA.

There are also a bunch with direct AA flights from NYC (mostly JFK). I would recommend booking well in advance since its not so easy to find availability IMHO (if you are looking for exact dates)

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: December 03, 2014, 11:31:59 AM »
Kosherica is way too expensive for me, close to 3k pp.

do you really recommend going on a 7 night cruise, rather than staying on 1 island for the week?

So do it without kosherica if too expensive. I loved my cruise going to few places instead of just one.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: December 03, 2014, 11:34:45 AM »
People were taking advantage over them. And at the end of the day, Minyan costs money too, to get the Torah, rent the private room etc..

Yes -- Just those costs, Kosherica would swallow and share with others on Shabbos, however, the Kosherica groups that I was with had a large Shabbos crowd and limited seating for both the men and women. Therefore, if the 25 pple that wanted to join for free would come, then they'd be filling up the space and seats of those who paid $3K-$5Kpp for the Kosherica week. Daf Yomi and weekday Shacharis were free and open to all...
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: December 03, 2014, 12:36:23 PM »
do you really recommend going on a 7 day cruise rather then staying on 1 island for a week?
Yes absolutely

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: December 03, 2014, 03:05:19 PM »
Yes absolutely
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This way you can see and learn the pros and cons of 5 islands -- plus, the ship itself is an experience. No need to pack/unpack, rent cars either... Afterwards, if you really love a particular destination, i.e. St. Thomas, St. Barts, then you can go for an entire week.

However, the flights to MIA or FLL (where the cruise lines depart from) are much cheaper than flying direct to the Caribbean.
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