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Cruise Lines and Experiences
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:21:50 PM »
I cannot seem to find this posted anywhere. Thought would be nice to have a thread on cruise experiences and TR's.

My cruises have been with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.

Celebrity- Cape Liberty NJ > Bermuda. We had two days down to Bermuda, stayed for three days and then had day/two days back.

Royal Caribbean- Cape Liberty NJ > San Juan > St. Thomas > Samana DR > Haiti. 2+ days to get to San Juan, spent five hours there and went on to St. Thomas where we had all morning and left around 4PM. Next was Samana and then Haiti, each place we had all morning and left around 4PM, about two days for the way back.

If anyone has any particular questions about the cruising experience or what i did at each location, feel free to ask.

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Re: Cruise Lines and Experiences
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 09:18:17 PM »
Hi! Thanks so much for adding this.

Just booked for June 16 on Celebrity Cruise from NY-->Bermuda. 2 days travel, 3 days docked, 2 days return. Seems like you had basically the same itinerary.

This is our first trip outside the US/Europe/Israel. This is our first time cruising.

1) What did you do for Kosher food?
    We reserved the Kosher food offered by the cruise line, but it's only lunch and dinner, 1 serving each, and probably nothing   
    great. We were told we can only bring non-perishable food on board. What did you do and how was the food on the ship?

2) Did you book your excursions prior to traveling? What did you do in Bermuda and how should we plan?

3) What did you do on Shabbos?

Thank you so much!!

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Re: Cruise Lines and Experiences
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 09:48:24 PM »
Hi! Thanks so much for adding this.

Just booked for June 16 on Celebrity Cruise from NY-->Bermuda. 2 days travel, 3 days docked, 2 days return. Seems like you had basically the same itinerary.

This is our first trip outside the US/Europe/Israel. This is our first time cruising.

1) What did you do for Kosher food?
    We reserved the Kosher food offered by the cruise line, but it's only lunch and dinner, 1 serving each, and probably nothing   
    great. We were told we can only bring non-perishable food on board. What did you do and how was the food on the ship?

2) Did you book your excursions prior to traveling? What did you do in Bermuda and how should we plan?

3) What did you do on Shabbos?

Thank you so much!!
I PM'ed you back on this. You can post it in here if you would like.
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Re: Cruise Lines and Experiences
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 09:49:49 PM »
From what I hear, it's possible to book yourself on the same boat as a Kosherica cruise on regular fare, eat the Kosher food supplied by the cruise line (airline food basically) and then you get to enjoy the entertainment at a fraction of the price. Anyone can confirm?
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 10:02:15 PM »
From what I hear, it's possible to book yourself on the same boat as a Kosherica cruise on regular fare, eat the Kosher food supplied by the cruise line (airline food basically) and then you get to enjoy the entertainment at a fraction of the price. Anyone can confirm?
The only thing different would be going to the "kosher" concerts. It can be done.
You most likely will not be able to eat any of the kosher food they will be making on board as the Kosherica guests will get arm bands.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 10:26:10 PM »
The only thing different would be going to the "kosher" concerts. It can be done.
You most likely will not be able to eat any of the kosher food they will be making on board as the Kosherica guests will get arm bands.
So in other words, you won't get the Kosherica food, just the entertainment.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 10:27:53 PM »
So in other words, you won't get the Kosherica food, just the entertainment.
Exactly. It may be YMMV with the food, but most likely not.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2013, 11:00:26 PM »
From what I hear, it's possible to book yourself on the same boat as a Kosherica cruise on regular fare, eat the Kosher food supplied by the cruise line (airline food basically) and then you get to enjoy the entertainment at a fraction of the price. Anyone can confirm?

 I'm not even sure if you could join the Kosherica Minyan, as they check for your Kosherica band as you enter, correct me if I'm wrong!


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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 11:14:58 PM »
I'm not even sure if you could join the Kosherica Minyan, as they check for your Kosherica band as you enter, correct me if I'm wrong!


Even for the Minyan? I was under the impression that they would only check for the dining.
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 11:25:54 PM »
Even for the Minyan? I was under the impression that they would only check for the dining.

Let's put it this way, you and the owner \ manager of Kosherica will not feel comfortable about the situation as the owner of Kosherica pays for the minyan room etc.. 

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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2013, 08:46:00 AM »
Let's put it this way, you and the owner \ manager of Kosherica will not feel comfortable about the situation as the owner of Kosherica pays for the minyan room etc..
Are you sure they pay for the minyan room? I think if anyone comes with a large group, the cruise line becomes very accommodating to your needs. I don't believe they charge extra for the room.
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2013, 12:18:03 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2013, 12:23:55 PM »
Hey Great Post, I am looking for a Royal Caribbean cruise leaving from Cape Canaveral. Where can I find good deals for Cruises specifically Royal Caribbean.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 01:40:34 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2013, 01:52:14 PM »
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