Sailing Date


01 Mar 2019  - 18 Mar 2019

General

A SPECTACULAR FAR EAST CRUISE DURING CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON on the MS WESTERDAM

China, South Korea. Japan, Taiwan. The Philippines & Hong Kong

20 Days

The Far East is filled with exotic beauty and mysticism. It combines customs and traditions that date back thousands of years. Villages, towns and cities share similarities within their differences. Our memorable cruise/tour brings you to amazing Japan, awesome Shanghai through wondrous East Asia, and all the way to the Philippine Islands and Hong Kong. We’ll sail on one of Holland America’s luxury cruise liners to destinations that attract curious tourists from all over the world each year. While they are located in the same general area of our planet, these countries are all completely different from each other. The contrast of East and West stands out in each of them. Natural wonders, surprising lifestyles, skyscrapers and astounding innovations on the one hand, and markets crowded with people and loads of good, and on the other. This balance is a way of life that is disappearing from the world. On this trip we will experience new and unique adventures… and the Far East is so much more beautiful during Cherry Blossom Season.

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Facilities

  • Air Condition
  • Basketball
  • Beauty salon
  • Catering service
  • Cinema
  • Conference Center
  • Fitness
  • Free toiletries
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Heating
  • Indoor pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Mini Golf
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Shops
  • Telephone
  • Wake up service
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Itinerary

Days 1: Friday March1, 2019: Shanghai

We'll fly to Shanghai, the financial and economic capital of China which has transformed itself from its ancient culture to "Future Shock City." Soaring skyscrapers, elevated highways, dramatic bridges and sophisticated advances that are seen in very few places around the world. Arrival to Shanghai has to be till 9:00AM. After landing we'll head out to the hotel to meet the tour guide.

At 12:00PM we will visit the Shanghai Museum – one of the best known and fascinating museums in the world. We'll walk along Shanghai's famous Bund and be awed as we take in the amazing mix of old and super new architecture that has made Shanghai a feast for the eyes. At the end of the tour we'll make our way to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

 

Day 2: Shabbat March 2, 2019: Shanghai

After Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch we'll take a walking tour in the vicinity of our hotel.

 

Day 3: Sunday March 3, 2019: Shanghai's Jewish Quarter – All Aboard!

This morning we'll stroll through Shanghai's old Jewish Quarter. We'll visit the "Ohel Moshe" synagogue, which was the spiritual home for thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II. We'll hear about their story during that difficult period. From there we'll go directly to the port to board our ship, one of the most beautiful new cruise liners in the world, the Holland America MS WESTERDAM.

Some of the ships features include:

  • 11 guest decks
  • Restaurants and lounges with Panoramic views
  • An elegant Boutique
  • An advanced theater with nightly shows
  • All cabins feature Holland America's unique style:
    • Chic, spacious staterooms with windows (private verandas available at extra cost)
    • Plush, comfortable beds from the Mariner's Dream series with top quality linens
    • Luxurious toweling robes
    • Flat screen TV with DVD
    • Plenty closet space
    • Fresh fruit daily
  • Juices and soft drinks included
  • Shoe shine service free of charge
  • Tasty, plentiful kosher meals daily

The ship also offers and fabulous theater for spectacular shows, musicians and singers, casino. High end restaurants, gym, spa, cinema, 2 swimming pools and a Jacuzzi, cafeteria, coffee shop and bar and an entertainment troupe with daily shows.

Day 4: Monday March 4, 2019: Shanghai

After spending the night in our plush floating hotel, we'll go ashore to visit Shanghai's City Planning Museum which displays how the city looks today and how it will look over the next 20 years. Afterwards we'll whizz up to the top of the Jin Mao tower and see in real life what we just saw in the museum. Fantastic! In the afternoon we'll return to the ship and stand on board as we set sail (don't forget to wave!)

 

Day 5: Tuesday March 5, 2019: At Sea

Today's a day to relax and enjoy all of the ship's magnificent facilities. Take a dip in the pool or play some tennis, sit at the bay window while reading in the library, marvel at the art works in the gallery, share a cappuccino with friends in the coffee shop, enjoy a massage in the spa, score a few wins in the casino, go to the movies or take in a show. There's so much to do…

 

Day 6: Wednesday March 6, 2019: Busan, South Korea

We'll drop anchor this morning in Busan, South Korea, the largest port in the country, as well as its second largest city. We'll go ashore to see the "Diamond Bridge" that connects the old city with the new city. We'll be whisked up to the top of the impressive observation tower from where we'll have a view of Busan's urban setting – revealing a beautiful city with its alleyways, trees, blossoms and picturesque houses.

 

Day 7: Thursday March76, 2019: Fukuoka, Japan

This morning we dock in Fukuoka city, the largest city on Kyushu Island and the fifth largest city in Japan. We'll visit the temple of Shofukuji, the first Zen temple of Japan, founded in 1195. We'll see Maizuru Castle, the remains of which are almost 500 years old. At the end of the tour we will return to the ship

 

Day 8: Friday March 8, 2019: At Sea

Today's a day to relax and enjoy all of the ship's magnificent facilities. Take a dip in the pool or play some tennis, sit at the bay window while reading in the library, marvel at the art works in the gallery, share a cappuccino with friends in the coffee shop, enjoy a massage in the spa, score a few wins in the casino, go to the movies or take in a show. There's so much to do…

 

Day 9:  Shabbat March 9, 2019: Naha, Okinawa, Japan

Today we will anchor in  the port of Naha, Japan in Okinawa Prefecture, one of the 47 provinces of Japan. The Okinawa Prefecture consists of a series of islands and is located in the southwestern part of Japan. Okinawa is well known from World War II for the intense battles fought there for control of the island, and for the famous picture of US soldiers raising the American flag after its conquest. We'll spend Shabbat on board and enjoy wonderful Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch, shiurim and lectures. Everyone is welcome to participate and share their experiences and knowledge.

 

Day 10: Sunday March 10, 2019: Ishigakii Island, Japan

Today we dock on Japan's remote and charming Ishigaki Island, surrounded by clear turquoise waters, which here too have been a stage for cruel battles, in the Okinawa and Iwo Jima regions. We'll explore the island, see the big port, the local villages where we'll get a glimpse of Japanese village life. At the end of the tour we will return to the ship.

 

Day 11: Monday March 11, 2019: Hao Lian, Taiwan

Today we anchor in Hao Lian, the largest city on the east coast of Taiwan. Taiwan is a country separated from China after Mao Tse-tung's revolution, to which ancient Chinese art treasures have been smuggled. Today, Taiwan is considered an independent country specializing in technologies. This region of the country is known as the Emerald Garden, because of the natural beauty of eastern Taiwan. This area is blessed with mineral waters and fertile and high quality soil. We'll tour the city and be impressed by the place.

 

Day 12: Tuesday March 12, 2019: Keelung, Taiwan

Today we will anchor in Keelung,, the port of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Taiwan is truly a fascinating island, with its rich history of native tribes, colonialist past and never-ending political drama. We'll take a tour of the city and see the Mangia Longshang Temple with its decorative dragons. In the afternoon we will return to the ship.

 

Day 13: Wednesday March 13, 2019: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan. After docking at the port we'll be able to go ashore. We'll make our way to the Ai He River ("Love River" in Chinese). We'll visit Lotus Lake which is the symbol of the city, and see the pagodas overlooking it and the temples around it. We will visit the reconstructed Pier-2 Art Center before returning to the ship.

 

Day 14: Thursday March 14, 2019: At Sea

Today's a day to relax and enjoy all of the ship's magnificent facilities. Take a dip in the pool or play some tennis, sit at the bay window while reading in the library, marvel at the art works in the gallery, share a cappuccino with friends in the coffee shop, enjoy a massage in the spa, score a few wins in the casino, go to the movies or take in a show. There's so much to do…

 

Day 15: Friday March 15, 2019: Manila, Philippines

After breakfast we'll tour Manila and visit the vast Rizal Park, which covers an area of no less than 150 acres. We'll continue to the American cemetery on the outskirts of the city of Kati, where most of the embassies and modern shopping centers are located, alongside the current home of Imelda Marcos, the former president's wife. We will return to the ship to prepare for Shabbat.

 

Day 16: Shabbat March 16, 2019: At Sea

This is our second Shabbat on board and once again we'll enjoy wonderful Shabbat services, Kiddush and lunch, shiurim and lectures. Everyone is welcome to participate and share their experiences and knowledge.

 

 Day 17: Sunday March 17, 2019: Hong Kong, China

The cruise is over – but our tour continues. We'll disembark in Hong Kong and get to know the city first. We'll travel to the far side of Hong Kong Island to visit the famous Stanley Market, a must-see for market lovers with hundreds of shops selling clothes and artwork, handicrafts, furniture, toys, and decorative items.

 

Day 18: Monday March 18, 2019: Hong Kong – Back home

We'll complete our sightseeing in  Hong Kong and visit the one obligatory Must-See site: Victoria Peak. We'll ride the funicular to the top from where we'll be awe-struck by the magnificent view of Hong Kong, Victoria Harbor, Kowloon and far into the Chinese mainland. Afterwards we'll make our way to the airport for our flight back home.

Pricing

DATES, PRICES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Departs

Returns

Duration

Price

Single Supplement

Extra Night Pre tour

Private transfer (max 4 pax)

01 MAR 2019

18 MAR 2019

18 DAYS

$6120

$2400

$90

$60

Price Includes:

  • 14 day cruise on the Holland America Luxury Cruise Liner
  • Air conditioned coach for transfers and tours
  • Accommodation during the cruise in a state room with window
  • Kosher full board during the cruise
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Experienced tour guide 
  • Kashrut supervisor on the cruise during the cruise
  • Tips for local service providers

 

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visa to China
  • Health & Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Evening excursions and entertainment that is not included in the tour program
  • Tips for cruise staff ($200 per person – to be paid directly on the ship)
  • Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

Payment Terms

  • Upon registration: $500 per person
  • Up to 75 days prior to departure – completion of 30% of the tour price
  • Up to 45 days prior to departure – completion of 100% of the tour price

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

  • Cancellation for any reason from registration until 90 working days prior to departure - $100
  • Cancellation for any reason from 89 to 30 working days prior to departure - $50 + $1500 per person
  • Cancellation for any reason from 29 to 11 working days prior to departure - $50 + $2500 per person
  • Cancellation for any reason from 10 working days and less prior to departure – 100% cancellation fee for the tour and all added expenses

 

Kashrut

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.