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Kosherica cruises

you're absolutely right. I did go with my husband but it would have been prohibitive with more family. let me first say that I am now retired and we never took expensive vacations when we were raising our kids, with school tuition etc. we could never have afforded it. I used to wonder how people, salaried, similar to me could go away for Passover - which is so ooo expensive. and I asked a friend and her response was it's going to be their money I might as well enjoy it with them and the grandkids. that has pretty much become my philosophy. you can't take it with u. and again I agree, while one is raising children there are other priorities. when our kids were little, we went camping in a tent for vacation. thank G-d we can stay in hotels now.

May 22, 2015
hks315 in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

I wouldn't spend $2000 either for a concert. As a matter of fact, I don't think I'd spend $200 for a concert. If I go to a concert and there's a choice of seats, I usually go for the less expensive seats. Very rarely do I sit in orchestra unless I got a deal on it. But look at the whole package. We had kosher food, delicious kosher food at that and entertainment every day. It was a 10 day cruise, so it comes to about $200 more a day for the kosher food and a concert.
Sometimes its good to treat yourself and that's what we did. While I'm usually frugal, it was a wonderful experience and I'm very glad we went. I feel the whole package was worth it.

May 21, 2015
hks315 in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

I think I went in 2012 though it could have been a year or two before that. I agree it was expensive compared to kosher packaged food and just the food would not be worth it for me. However, we left from New York to the Carribean on a Friday, davening Shabbat morning was still in winter weather and we were able to daven in what I think was the "wedding chapel." An area in the front and the very top of the ship with windows all around. It was above the pool but too cold for anyone to use it (January). I think it was Motzen who was the cantor, but the other Chanzans, 3 or 4 joined him as a choir singing Aveenu Shebashamayim. Looking out the window all you can see was water and sky. It was magical and a highlight of the trip. We basically went on the cruise because of the Cantorial entertainment and so for us it was worth it.

May 21, 2015
hks315 in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

but there was also the good food

May 19, 2015
hks315 in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

The ship we were on had many more "kosher" people than were with the group. 2 or 3 times more. The Cantors led the davening, at least on Shabbat and I guess they felt that the Kosherica guests paid for the privelege and it wasn't fair to them if everyone can come in. But there were many other minyons available on that ship. Don't know if it is always the case. Perhaps they felt, people who paid might not get seats if everyone was admitted.
What was interesting was that because it was yeshiva week and there were so many people requesting kosher food, they were really set up even in the buffet sections at lunch time, with paper plates, plsstic utensils and even a what I thought was a fairly large choice of kosher food. We have been on other cruises, not kosher, but they didn't have quite as large a choice as on that ship.

May 19, 2015
hks315 in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

I think it was about $2000 difference and again if it was just the food, I don't think it would have been worthwhile. However with the entertainment I would do it again. We had Avrahma Fried, Lipa Schmeltzer, Dudu Fisher, Yakov Moetzen, Colin Shachat, Simon Cohen and I think one other Chazan. The easiest way to find out the difference is to call or check on line what the cost for most people are. Just be aware that if you are not part of the Kosherica group, you can't daven with them or go their concerts.

May 19, 2015
hks315 in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

I had eyed kosher tours for some time. One summer I considered going on a kosherica tour out of New York to Canada, but when I saw the different of price between the kosherica tour and just being on the ship, I did not go. However, about 2 years ago, Kosherica offered their Music cruise out of New York and we did book on that. It was also Yeshiva Week, so while there were about 250 people with Kosherica, there was more than 700 ( don't remember how many)on the ship getting the "airline food." We paid much more than those people, but the entertainment was wonderful. There were 4 or 5 cantors including other Jewish performers. I felt the entertainment,(everyday there was at least one concert, sometimes two) made the difference of cost worthwhile. The food was also delicious. If it was just the food, I would have been upset. But listening to 4 chazans daven shabbat morning on the way to the carribean and looking out at the ocean and sky was so uplifting. Every shabbat when I hear the chazan or ba'al koreh sing "Aveenu Shebashamayim" I recall what a wonderful cruise we had. So while we spent alot, I'm still getting my money's worth. :-).
harrket

May 18, 2015
hks315 in Kosher
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kosher hotel for shabbos thus summer

I would love to do that next Passover. It sounds wonderful. I'm guessing that a time share in the florida area would be expensive then.

Jun 27, 2011
hks315 in Kosher

Any restaurants in Westchester/Bronx/Lower Ct?

This is late for mother's day, but in Riverdale there is Ginger Grill. They describe themselves as an asian steakhouse. Food is good, atmosphere is good, cost is reasonable.
Harriet

May 11, 2009
hks315 in Kosher

Great Neck

Meeting some people for lunch in Great Neck. I know there are loads of restaurants but I haven't eaten in any of them. Any recommendations? Any restaurants to avoid? Help me choose. We don't want chinese or a pizza store. Thanks.
harriet

Aug 09, 2008
hks315 in Kosher

food during shiva week

Any recommendations for sending platters to someone sitting shiva in the Brooklyn area. I'm looking for real food: -It can be deli, chicken, mediteranian salads, wraps, bagels and salads, or any other suggestions. I'm not looking to send a fruit assortment.
Thanks

May 06, 2008
hks315 in Kosher

Shabbat and 2 weeks in Italy -- any Kosher advice?

We were in Italy in 2000. Ate at the vegetarian restaurant in Florence. Thing I remembered most was that there was something on the menu the waiter described as raw fish. As I'm not a fan of raw fish, did not order it. There were many American kosher diners in the restaurant and we all spoke to one another. I asked one person who I noticed ordered the "raw fish" and asked about it. She told me it was "lox." :).
In Venice the Chabad restaurant, I'm guessing it's the Gam Gam was pretty good. We were able to go for shabbat without reservations or payment. It was almost a camp like atmosphere, with singing, etc. I understand sometimes they have a second seating. There was no charge, but when we got home, we sent Chabad a donation for the meals. I would definately recommend Venice for Shabbat.

Apr 16, 2007
hks315 in Kosher

Party for 50

I need recommendations for a kosher restaurant for a wedding celebration for about 50 people. Am considering, Manhattan, Teaneck or Rockland County.
Thanks.
Harriet

Mar 13, 2007
hks315 in Kosher

BBQ in NJ?

Any feedback on Esme Bistro. I was thinking of having a party there and have heard mixed reviews.

Mar 13, 2007
hks315 in Kosher

esme bistro, teaneck, nj

Esme bistro recently opened on Cedar Lane in New Jersey. Has anyone eaten there? I'd appreciate any opinions. Any suggestions as to what to order? Thanks.
Harriet

Mar 11, 2007
hks315 in Kosher