Mediterranean Sea Cruise 13 Days

Including Visits to Spain, Portugal, France & Italy. Including A Kashrut Supervisor Aboard Ship!

A spectacular Mediterranean Sea cruise, aboard the new luxury liner (launch: June 2020) Enchanted princess.
The Mediterranean Sea, cradle of Western culture, is blessed with an abundance of beautiful cities, antiquities, archeological sites and amazing beaches. The countries that border the Mediterranean have different characteristics, diverse nationalities, varied languages, and plenty port cities. If we add to all this perfect weather and a luxurious cruise liner so there’s no need to change hotels as the tour proceeds, we arrive at the best possible vacation trip. Welcome Aboard!


We sail at 5 p.m., so remember to be on deck to wave goodbye.
The Enchanted Princess is a brand new cruise ship, and will only be launched in June 2020. It weighs in at 141,000 tons and carries 3660 passengers.
And a few more details about the ship …
• 19 Passenger Decks
• Swimming Pool and Sun Decks
• Restaurants and lounges with wrap-around panoramic windows
• An elegant Boutique
• Movie theater – movies all day, every day
• Musical corners, with musicians and singers
• An opulent, well-stocked Bar
• Spaces for exercise and walking (spa and paid treatments)
• Auditorium
• *** Especially for us – our own room for prayer and lectures ***
• A sumptuous dining room – including our own section, with rich, fresh and abundant catering
• Spacious and elegant staterooms with sea-view windows (private balconies at an extra cost)
• TV and DVD – it is possible and even recommended to bring interesting films from home
• In addition, aboard ship you’ll find luxurious halls for performances, musical ensembles and singers, a casino, bars, an entertainment team. And plenty activities every day.

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We’ll stroll through the Old Quarter, to see the famous San Anton Bridge, one of the city’s most prominent symbols, as well as to visit the Guggenheim Museum, located on the edge of the river and designed by the famous US architect Frank Gehry. At the end of the tour we will return to the ship to prepare for Shabbat.

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We will visit the district of Belem (an abbreviation for Bethlehem), built on the waterfront and where the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama is buried. We’ll see the Tower of Belem and the monument to the Portuguese explorers. We’ll then climb to the heights of St. George’s Castle overlooking the city. Our way down will be through the winding alleys of the ancient Alfa quarter, which also includes the Juderia region (the Jewish quarter).

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Gibraltar is the abbreviation of Jabel al-Tariq – named for the Berber conqueror from North Africa who invaded Spain and brought about 800 years of Muslim rule in Iberia. We will see the Monkey Colony, walk through the city streets and absorb some of the British atmosphere that pervades the colony.

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We’ll see the most famous work of the famous architect Antonio Gaudi, “Sagrada Familia”, a major symbol of the city. Gaudi did not have time to see it finished – it’s hasn’t been completed yet! During the tour we’ll be impressed by Gaudi’s other buildings, which are scattered throughout the city. We’ll see the Columbus monument located near the port, erected in honor of the continental explorer, Christopher Columbus, who sailed from Spain. We’ll also take a stroll through the famous and vibrant Ramblas Avenue to Catalonia Square, the city’s renowned main square.

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Paul Cézanne who is considered the “father of modern art,” was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839 and is now considered one of the great innovators, an artist who paved the way for great successes such as Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky and many others. We’ll continue to the town of Cassis, at the foot of the Gulf Cliffs – a magical tourist town with a picturesque harbor. The place is famous for its cliffs and sea tongues called Calangues. Weather permitting, we’ll incorporate some boating in the azure bays. Before returning to the ship (if time permits), we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Marseille.

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We’ll see the new synagogue and the neighborhood of the Jewish community, which includes Italian Jews, Sephardim and Ashkenazim. We’ll hear the story of the community of local merchants, rabbis and writers who contributed to our Jewish heritage throughout the ages. From Livorno we’ll continue to Pisa, famous its leaning tower, and then from there we will continue to Florence. This too is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and Europe, which served as home to some of the greatest names in the world of culture – Michelangelo, Dante and Machiavelli. Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, with a rich cultural and artistic past and present, which are milestones in world history. We’ll make our way to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

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We’ll cross the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River, after which we’ll visit the magnificent, grand synagogue in Florence, one of the most beautiful in Europe.

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After the visit we will continue to Rome, one of the most beautiful and fascinating capital cities in the world in general and Europe in particular. We will take a guided tour of the city. We will see Capitol Hill, the remains of the Roman Forum and the Arch of Titus. We’ll observe the world famous Coliseum. In the Jewish part of the tour we will visit the area of the ancient ghetto and no trip to Rome would be complete without a walk down the famous Spanish steps.

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* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


Price Includes:

Air-conditioned tourist coach
10-day cruise on the ENCHANTED PRINCESS
Kosher half-board for all the tours including supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
Kosher full board during the cruise
Professional experienced English-speaking guide
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
Kashrut and Logistics supervisor on the cruise
Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

International flights
Tips for Ship’s staff – $15 per person per day, to be paid directly to the ship
Travel, baggage and basic health insurance
Personal expenses and services
Shows and evening entertainment not included in the above itinerary
Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

Important to Know:

At Shai Bar Ilan we give you an extra benefit – a basic health & baggage insurance policy. This policy covers you as healthy people up to the age of 75. If you take any medication on a regular basis, suffer from any chronic illness, have been hospitalized in the past six months or have recently undergone a change in your health, you are required to extend the policy to be covered in your condition. The extension of the policy is at your own risk and needs to be done by you directly with the insurance company.
In the event of expansion of the insurance, the cost of the extension only will be paid by you directly to the insurance company.
The policy (basic / extended as applicable) covers you with cancellation fees (as detailed in the Cancellation Conditions section) even if you are required to cancel your participation in the trip for medical reasons as detailed in the policy terms.
This benefit is not convertible to any monetary value or to credit.
We wish you good health! And remember – never to travel abroad without the appropriate insurance!

Kashrut on Cruises

The kosher meals on other cruise lines are provided by each Cruise Lines’ kosher meal supplier. All kosher meal suppliers are under recognized rabbinical kashrut supervision.
On board the ship we have our own separated section of the kitchen in which all the kosher meals are prepared. Furthermore, we obtain brand new sets of flatware (meat and milk) for each and every cruise.
Hashgacha aboard ship is performed by our specially trained tour guides, and for large groups, there is a logistics and kashrut supervisor aboard as well.

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.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

Terms of Payment:
* Registration fee is $ 500 per person
* Up to 90 days before the trip, supplementing 30% of the cost of the trip
* Up to 45 days before the trip, supplementing 100% of the cost of the trip

Terms of cancellation
* When canceling for any reason from the time of registration and up to 90 working days before departure, the passenger will be charged $ 97 only
* Cancellation for any reason from 89 working days to 30 working days before the trip the passenger will be charged $ 1500 + $ 47
* Canceled for any reason from 29 working days to 14 working days before the trip the passenger will be charged $ 2500 + $ 47
* If canceled for any reason from 13 working days before the trip until the date of departure the passenger will be charged the full cost of the trip including all the accompanying costs.
* If visas are issued to the countries of destination and / or flights, the prices will be added to the specified cancellation fees

* Fridays and Saturdays, holidays and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not counted as a working day count.
* If any air tickets are issued or additional services such as a visa are purchased, etc., their prices will be added to the cancellation fees specified above.
* In case of change, cancellation or malfunction related to flights, cruise or transportation, the responsibility lies with the airline or transportation company.
* There may be changes in the itinerary due to changes in internal flight times and other objective reasons.
* The performance of the trip is subject to the conditions and responsibilities as they appear on the website
* Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return
• We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.