Luxury tour operator plans kosher river cruises for next spring: Travel Weekly

The luxury tour operator iWorld of Journey and two Israeli corporations will start a quartet of kosher river cruises following yr.

Two of the 2022 sailings will be promoted to the Israeli current market in May perhaps on the Danube and the Rhone, and the other two, targeting American cruisers, will sail the Danube concerning Budapest and Passau, Germany, in June and July.

The sailings will contend with Kosher River Cruises, which runs a sequence of complete-ship kosher cruises in Europe, on the Mekong and on the Amazon.

The cruises getting marketed by iWorld of Vacation will be operated by Gordon Cruises, an Israeli tour operator that has been operating river cruises for the Israeli marketplace for 30 several years. IWorld of Journey is handling the U.S. product sales and advertising and marketing, even though Traveland, a Connecticut-based mostly agency, will take care of bookings.

Gordon Cruises experienced prepared to launch kosher sailings for the Israeli market in 2020. These sold out but had been canceled due to the pandemic, in accordance to Gordon Cruises CEO Shiri Gordon.

While the company above the past numerous several years has operated kosher kitchens on ocean liners and in hotels throughout the world for Israeli travelers, Gordon mentioned, remaining ready to run a completely kosher ship is “a desire occur genuine.”

The lobby aboard the MS River Voyager 5.

The lobby aboard the MS River Voyager 5. Picture Credit: IWorld of Travel

Without a doubt, it is an intensive enterprise. Gordon Cruises will have a crew onboard, including a rabbi, that will oversee the efforts, from earning sure all food stuff preparation spots on the ship are sanitized between typical sailings to sourcing kosher food both of those for the ship and all through excursions.

Sailing periods are also scheduled to stick to the procedures of Shabbat (Sabbath), such as disabling doorway locks and delivering help with functioning elevators.

There will also be an onboard synagogue.

IWorld of Journey CEO Michael Gelber mentioned initial uptake in the U.S. is promising, with more than fifty percent the cabins on the vessel, the MS River Voyager 5, presently booked for the two American sailings.

Gelber approximated there are tens of thousands of Jewish Us residents who observe Judaism’s rigorous dietary and food stuff planning recommendations, and they symbolize a good demographic for the river cruise sector.

“They are a incredibly affluent sector,” he reported. “And they typically vacation in groups.”

The sailings also give non-Jewish vacationers and Jews who do not adhere to kosher dietary constraints an prospect to cruise Europe though also learning far more about Jewish heritage, Gelber said.

He explained the kosher cruises as “a location within just a desired destination,” with visitors becoming able to enjoy and master about kosher food stuff preparing and Judaism on and off the boat.

Scheduled excursions on the Danube sailings provide a mix of regular sightseeing with web-sites associated to Jewish heritage.

In Budapest, for instance, the 1st end will be at Europe’s greatest synagogue, the Neolog Synagogue, also recognised as the Dohany Synagogue, adopted by a take a look at to the Jewish Museum.

In Bratislava, Slovakia, visitors can commence Shabbat with a tour of Chatam Sofer’s burial web-site and a synagogue go to with a nearby Jewish group.

And in Vienna, which through the Middle Ages was household to a thriving Jewish group, possibilities consist of a visit to the Jewish Museum, which attributes an animated digital tour of Jewish life in the town in the course of medieval moments.

There are also a wide variety of a single- to seven-night pre- and write-up-sailing Jewish Heritage land deals in Hungary, Germany, Poland and Slovakia and the Czech Republic.