Far East Cruise 18 Days

A spectacular Far East cruise during cherry blossom season

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

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


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 from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
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)

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

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.


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.

Payment Terms, Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

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 – $97 only.
Cancellation for any reason from 89 to 30 working days prior to departure – $47 + $1500 per person.
Cancellation for any reason from 29 to 11 working days prior to departure – $47 + $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.
If visas and/or airline tickets have been issued before cancellation, the cost of same will be added to the cancellation penalty.

Fridays, Saturdays, Festivals and Chol Hamoed in Israel, as well as Sundays and Holidays abroad, are not considered as working days.
If airline tickets have been issued, and/or added services (eg: visas) have been purchased before cancellation the cost of same will be added to the cancellation penalty.
Change of times, cancellation or delay of flights, sailings or other modes of transport are the sole responsibility of the airline, shipping company or Transport Company.
The itinerary may change due to change of flight times or other objective reasons.
The performance of the trip is subject to the conditions and responsibilities as they appear on the website.
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return.