Western Mediterranean aboard The Epic, NCL

Western Mediterranean Ultimate Kosher Cruise. Discover the best of Classic Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Livorno, Cannes and more
30 August - 6 September 2022
$2690 per person

Western Mediterranean Ultimate Kosher Cruise

Discover the best of Classic Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Livorno, Cannes and more

With Kosher Travelers it's not just a vacation - it's a lifelong experience



Cruise Itinerary
Departure / Arrival Time 
Depart 7pm
Arrive 6am - Depart 5pm
Arrive 9am - Depart 9pm
Arrive 7am - Depart 5pm
Palma de Mallorca
Arrive 12pm - Depart 8pm
Arrive 5am - Depart 6pm
Arrive 11am - Depart 6.30pm
Arrive 6am
What's included? What type of crowd should i expect?
    • Three delicious kosher meals, prepared fresh daily
    • Complimentary packed lunch options for shore excursions
    • Kosher Traveler’s exclusive weekday program and Shabbat program
    • Daily minyan with Sefer Torah
    • An exclusive kosher dining restaurant area
    • Guest speakers, and more...

    What's not included:

    • Shore excursions.
    • International flights to arrive at the cruise starting point
    • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory.
    • Entry visa if required
    • Staff Gratuities
  • What type of crowd should I expect?The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, cruises or hotel programs  and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among our group members.At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.

    Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment.

    Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.

    Connect... Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours!

    Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!

    Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.

Kashrut Information

About our Kosher Cruises

Combined we are the world’s leading Kosher Tour operator with over 30 years experience, having satisfied thousands of Clients from USA, Israel, France, Belgium, Switzerland, UK , Mexico, Australia, South Africa on dozens of Cruises. We provide four gourmet meals a day in our own separate area of the dining room. All our meals are freshly prepared under the Management of  our Executive Chefs aboard each ship.

The Kashrut is Glatt Mehadrin under the strict Supervision of Rabbi Nechemia Rottenberg Raised in Jerusalem and educated at the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. After his marriage, he studied at the Beit Midrash of Horaah at the “Kol Ya’akov” Yeshiva, as well as with the Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, z”l He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rabbi Nehemiah Rotenberg came to Vienna to serve as Rabbi in the community in 2002. During his tenure as Rabbi, he was the head of the “Zehut” Beit Midrash, and during his work in the community he dealt extensively in matters of Kashrus as a representative of many Batai Din (בד”ץ) around the world. Before 2002, while living in Israel he has dealt with kashrus issues and ran a weekly radio program on kashrus. During the past decade Rabbi Rotenberg’s main specialty is turning hotels throughout Europe to be able to provide food of the highest Kashrus level for Pesach and the summer months. Kashrus of a hotel is a distinct job and requires much expertise in the field, familiarity with the industrial kitchens, the form of Kashering an industrial kitchen, and of course extensive knowledge of kosher food products in Europe. His Kashrut team are all hand picked and well versed with many years of experience. Rabbi Rothenberg has spent many years developing the community Kosher list in Vienna for hundreds of food products sold in large retail chains throughout the Europe. This knowledge is very important and gives hotel operators in Europe the ability to bring local products and not need to import from Israel or the USA. His Kashrut experience has further expanded into the Kosher Cruises and he the Rav Hamachshir for Kosher Travelers cruise packages. Rabbi Rotenberg works throughout the year to obtain Kosher meat and poultry throughout Europe at the highest kosher level, at the best price. For every shechita Rabbi Rotenberg sends a special overseer on his behalf in reservation to ensure that the shipment of meat from the start will arrive at the hotel with the utmost supervision.   Rabbi Rottenberg currently serves as part time Rabbi of Savion community in Israel # Further enquiries pls contact Rabbi Nechemia Rottenberg on +972 584038543 / +436889171489 or nr@zehut.org

Let us pamper you with our freshly prepared cuisine by renowned chefs, cooked from start to finish on board and entirely from fresh ingredients. From casual hot & cold buffets to elegant glatt kosher dining in our ocean view restaurant with choices sure to please those with even the most discerning tastes. Expect fine china, crisp linens, fine glassware and cutlery, and sheer elegance through which you will enjoy a glatt kosher dining experience at sea.To compliment the three delightful meals, there are also afternoon and late night snacks to tempt your palate. You will enjoy the Glatt kosher cuisine of uncompromising quality and strict kashrut standards. All meat is Glatt kosher and milk products are Chalav Yisrael. Our on-board Kosher kitchen is under the full time supervision of a team of mashgichim, headed by our cruise Rav HaMachshir.

International Flights & Global Travel, Health & Luggage Insurance
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance Ccovering trip cancellation, medical emergencies and luggage is mandatory at the time of reservation.

    • KOSHER TRAVELERS CANCELLATION FEES AND REFUNDS POLICY:If guest cancels their reservation the following cancellation fees apply:
      • 90 days prior a full refund is payable less $100 admin. per room
      • 45-90 days prior a full refund is payable less $500 per room
      • Within 45 days there is no refund.
      • If government-imposed lockdown of hotel or airport full refund less $100 admin. per person

Rabbi Baruch Taub as Scholar in Residence aboard the Epic NCL

Rabbi Baruch Taub: Scholar on board The Epic

Rabbi Baruch Taub is the founding Rav and Rabbi Emeritus of the Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation of Toronto (BAYT). Rabbi Taub established The BAYT together with visionary philanthropist Joseph Tanenbaum z"l and 12 families in 1981. At the time of his retirement in 2010 the congregation had grown to become the largest congregations in North America.

In addition to the multiple Minyanim and classes/shiurim BAYT houses a Kollel of Torah scholars which has enhanced the level of learning throughout the community.

Before returning to his native Toronto Rabbi Taub served with distinction as the National Director of NCSY.

Rabbi Taub is a Yadin Yadin musmach Of The Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore Md. He was President of the Va'ad Harabonim of Toronto and awarded the National Rabbinic and Leadership Award Of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

Rabbi Baruch Taub holds an M.A degree from Loyola College Baltimore/Maryland and a Doctorate in Judaic Studies from Maimonides College.

Rabbi Taub is the author of several books including: Gedola Hateshuva, Kanfei Yona and a two-volume exploration of the weekly sidra And the Dove Found Rest.

Rabbi Taub has made Aliya and currently lives in Netanya with his Rebbetzin Malkah

Rabbi Taub can be reached at: baruchtaub120@gmail.com

Ship Facilities, Amenities and Fun Facts
  • Panoramic glass elevators
  • Glass-bottomed skywalk
  • Wellness complex (Organic Spa and Fitness)
  • Plaza with numerous bars and shops
  • Atrium Lobby lounge (meeting place with a stage for street performers)
  • Large-capacity Theater
  • Onboard entertainment

Ship’s design features more efficient use of both indoor and open-deck spaces, with several multi-functional areas. Deck 16 is the activity deck with a water slide, water park, high rope garden, mini-golf. The pool deck is covered with a retractable glass roof. The Beach Club (adults only complex) is beneath the glass roof and features an activity area with 2 waterslides, rock climbing wall, sports deck area. This deck also has a giant LED wall for movies and other outdoor video entertainment. The ship has dedicated club lounges for teens and kids, including for toddlers.

Ship’s panoramic glass elevators also connect the outdoor areas. There is a 45-m above water level located glass-bottomed skywalk, huge wellness complex (Organic Spa and Fitness), a plaza with numerous bars and shops, Atrium Lobby lounge (meeting place with a stage for street performers), large-capacity Theater (show lounge).

Shipboard entertainment options – Fun and Sport

Costa Smeralda ship’s entertainment options include Liquid Entertainment (live music, dancing, thrilling shows and other live performances at venues like Colosseum and Piazza Trastevere (bow-located). Piazza Grande Bellezza is a midship-located amphitheater/show lounge for live performances, while Piazza Ravello is an open space with a bar lounge area (with live music and served by Spritz Bar). Live entertainment (DJs and pianists) can be also found throughout the restaurants. Fun street performances are held in several public areas. Ship’s best spots for evening entertainment are Casino Laguna (gaming lounge with bar) and Quelli Della Notte (piano bar).

Ship’s wellness complex includes a large Fitness Center/Gym, and the Samsara Spa (beauty salon, thalassotherapy pool, sauna, salt room, snow room, relaxation room, Turkish Bath/hammam, treatment rooms for massages). The cruise liner Smeralda has 4 swimming pools – La Spiaggia (central/glass roof covered), Settimo Cielo (outside, with a swimming lane) plus 2 for kids. Children also benefit from the Aqua Park and La Sala Giochi (teens-only interactive game room). Younger children can play at Luna Park. The CoDe Museum on Costa Smeralda is fleet’s first Italian design-themed museum. The Trastevere (deck 8 forward) is a Mediterranean marketplace-style complex lined up with shops and bars (also representing the premium brands Ferrari, Illy, Campari).

Follows the complete list of Costa Smeralda lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Teatro Sanremo (Theater Lounge, Grand Theatre) is offered a different Broadway-style show production each night, with professional performances by national and international artists (singers, dancers, acrobats, magicians, stand-up comedians). Talent shows allow passengers to become a star performing on stage.
  • Liquid Entertainment programming features live music and shows, dancing and other performances at the Colosseum and Piazza Trastevere. Colosseo is a 3-deck-high, midship-located show lounge (on 3 levels) featuring large LED screens mounted on its walls and dome. The large screens display also ship’s current cruise itinerary (as call ports and land tours) via themed videos.
  • Piazza Grande Bellezza (amphitheater)
  • Piazza Ravello (open space with a bar lounge area, live music, Spritz Bar)
  • CoDe Museum showcases the best of the Italian design companies.
  • Amarillo Ice Cream Shop & Chocolate Bar uses Agrimontana-based flavorings to prepare creamy Italian gelato (frozen desserts) and Italian confectionery made from Gobino chocolate and Biasetto (pastry shop) sweets.
  • At the Teen Club (ages 12 to 17) teenagers are divided into 2 age groups – Teen Club Junior (12-14-year-olds) and Teen Club (15-17-year-olds). Among the most popular events are sports tournaments, disco and game competitions, themed dinners, open-deck pool parties, dance and music classes.
  • The Beach Club (adults-only complex) is beneath the glass roof and has an activity area with 2 waterslides, rock climbing wall, sports deck area and outdoor theater with a giant LED wall for movies and other media).
  • La Sala Giochi is an interactive game room for teens.
  • Luna Park is an outdoor playground for kids.
  • Aqua Park Smeralda (outdoor park with water slides)
  • Ship’s 4 swimming pools are named La Spiaggia (midship, glass roof covered), Settimo Cielo (with a swimming lane, and is served by Bar Settimo Cielo / Seventh Heaven Bar), plus 2 kids pools.
  • Sun Deck Private 19 is an adults-only sundeck area with swimming pools and jacuzzi.
  • Passeggiata Volare (Fly Walk) is a Skywalk – glass-bottomed walkway located 65 m / 213 ft above sea level
  • Campo da Gioco (Sports Court) is an outdoor playground for playing basketball/volleyball.
  • Palestra Virtus (Gymnasium / Fitness Center) is fitted with the latest Technogym equipment.
  • Centro Benessere Samsara (SPA & Massage) is ship’s wellness complex consisting of Venus Beauty Salon, thalassotherapy pool, sauna room, 16 treatment rooms (thermal massage, stone massage, Lime & Ginger massage).
  • Trastevere is deck 8’s bow-located marketplace-like string of shops and bars. Shopping options also include Costa Boutique (branded merchandise) and Shop II Mercatino.
  • Photo Shop, Area Foto (Photo Gallery and Shop)
  • Lungomare Riviera (Promenade Deck)
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Nutella Cafe
  • Aperol Spritz Bar
  • Quelli Della Notte (Piano Bar / Jazz Club)
  • II cielo in una stanza (Piano Bar)
  • Grand Bar Mastroianni
  • Terazza e Bar Superba (outdoor bar lounge)
  • Bar Orizzonte (Horizon Bar)
  • Spazio Bollicine
  • Bar II mattino
  • Bar II Sole
  • II Bacaro
  • La Vetta
  • Bar Maranello
  • Bar La Cascata
  • Casino & Bar Laguna, Disco Nightclub
Year built 2019new ship
Builder Meyer Werft (Turku, Finland)
Class Excellence-Helios
Building cost EUR 790 million (USD 950 million)
Owner Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator Costa Cruises
Speed 23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA) 337 m / 1106 ft
Beam (width) 42 m / 138 ft
Gross Tonnage 183900 gt
Passengers 5282 – 6338
Crew 1682
Passengers-to-space ratio 29
Decks 20
Cabins 2612
Decks with cabins 11
Sister-ships AIDAnova, P&O Iona, Costa Toscana, Carnival Mardi Gras


Inside Stateroom

Norwegian Epic Inside Staterooms are a great and affordable accommodation for up to two guests. They feature a separate bathroom with shower and two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed. Accommodates: 2 Total Size: 14m2
$2,690 incl Taxes & Port Charges

Balcony Premium Stateroom

Norwegian Epic Balcony Staterooms have room for up to three guests and feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with an incredible view. They include two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, a sitting area and additional bedding to accommodate one more. These staterooms feature curved walls, a unique bathroom treatment where every area is separate, including the shower and a modern vanity sink. Accommodates: 3 Total Size: 16m2 Balcony Size: 6m2
$3,200 incl Taxes & Port Charges

Suite Balcony Stateroom

The Club Balcony Suites have room for up to three, a sitting area, two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and a luxury bath with shower or tub. They also include a private balcony with an amazing view. Accommodates: 3 Total Size: 22m2 Balcony Size: 8m2
$3,500 incl Taxes & Port Charges

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

There is a $1000 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

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