Visit South America on an exceptional cruise on the luxury cruise liner ‘Ms Westerdam’!
South America, a continent that combines the exotic and the mysterious, the vibrant and the colorful, and – of course, the natural. It’s a fascinating mixture of cultures, beauty and nostalgia. We will go on a captivating journey from seductive Rio de Janeiro and the wonderful Iguazu Falls, through the jungles of Brazil and Argentina.
We’ll definitely not give up on mesmerizing Buenos Aires, and also enjoy the amazing architecture of Old Montevideo. Combine all this with a delightful luxury cruise to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations on the continent of South America; Cape Horn with its multiple islands, the rolling hills of the Falkland Islands and the world’s most stunning fjords in Chile. This memorable trip is for travelers with an appetite for adventure, wonderful landscapes, natural marvels and a desire to discover new experiences. And to top it all – a luxurious, pampering, leisurely cruise.
The MS Westerdam is one of the most beautiful ships in the world – and one of the newest in Holland America’s new luxury fleet.
• 11 stateroom decks
• Restaurants and lounges with large, panoramic windows
• An elegant Boutique
• New bar area in the atrium
• Modern theater with shows every night
• All the staterooms display Holland America’s concept of comfort
• All guests have window staterooms. (Balcony staterooms are available at extra cost)
• Deluxe comfortable beds from the “Mariner’s Dream” range, with quality bedding
• Plush toweling robes
• TV and DVD (bring a selection from home or borrow free from the ship’s library)
• Plentiful cupboard and storage space
• Complimentary fresh fruit daily in your stateroom
• Tea, coffee, juices available for your enjoyment 24 hours a day
• Complimentary shoeshine service
• Tasty, abundant kosher meals
The ship also has a variety of theaters, musicians and bars galore, a casino, spa, health club, pool and Jacuzzi as well as a full staff of entertainers on call daily.
“ברוך שהחיינו וקיימנו “. The big day has come. We’ll take off and fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s unofficial capital.READ MORE
Rio is one of the most beautiful cities in the world due to its topography, its beaches, coves and luxurious neighborhoods, as well as the imposing mountains that lie within the city (including the famous Sugarloaf). You will meet the tour guide at the hotel. (Flexible arrival).Close this
Today we’ll start our tour of the city with an exploration of its famous beaches, including the famous Copacabana – renowned throughout the world.READ MORE
We’ll continue to visit the old city, after which we’ll see the Samba Stadium (Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí), which every year hosts the largest carnival in the world. We’ll also view the Maracana Stadium, the world’s best-known soccer stadium with its 128,000 seats (!). Our day will end with a visit to the jewelry and gemstone factory of H. Stern located in Rio. The network has more than 200 branches worldwide, including in Israel. After the tour, we will transfer to the hotel for a little rest. In the evening, we will have dinner at the Jewish community.Close this
After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch. We’ll enjoy a walk tour of the area near our hotel.
Today, we’ll enjoy a jeep tour to the unusual reserve on Mount Corcovado for a spectacular panoramic view over the city. The sight from up there is remarkable in its beauty and explains why Rio is such a special city.READ MORE
We’ll continue to the Tijuca Rain Forest, the world’s largest urban rain forest which is located in the heart of the city. The forest is home to thousands of plant species and animals which exist only in Atlantic rain forests. The forest is full of delightful niches with flowing waterfalls. We’ll end the day at with tour of the Favelas of Rio, the shanty towns that almost surround the city (dependent upon receiving permits from the city authorities).Close this
After breakfast we’ll head to the airport for our flight to Iguacu Falls Nature Reserve, one of the largest in the world. The falls are located on the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.READ MORE
Upon landing we’ll make our way directly to the Brazilian side of the falls. We’ll be presented with the most amazing panorama of multiple waterfalls gushing over cataracts as far as the eye can see. We will also visit the spectacular bird park featuring all the widespread winged creatures found in the Amazon Basin rain-forest.Close this
Today we’ll cross the border to visit the Argentinian side of the falls. The visit on this side enables us to get very close to the cascading falls. Once we’ve seen both sides, we’ll take a vote as to which side of these mighty waterfalls is more amazing!
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and best known as the “Paris of South America.” After landing we’ll tour this city of more than 10 million inhabitants.READ MORE
We’ll admire the wide boulevards decorated with trees and flowers, the magnificent squares with the presidential palace, the congress palace, the impressive synagogue, the opera house, the supreme court which have the tablets of the ten commandments engraved over the entrance. We’ll also view Buenos Aires’ famous football stadium in the evening, after which we’ll make our way to one of the city’s kosher restaurants for a typical Argentinian meat dinner.Close this
After breakfast, we will visit the Jewish quarter where many families live, along with Jewish schools and dozens of synagogues.READ MORE
We will hold a Yizkor ceremony at the site of the bombed Israeli Embassy, from where we’ll continue to the district of Palermo, with its beautiful homes. In the evening, those who wish, are invited to go out to a tango show (separate payment).Close this
Today we will complete our city tour. We will visit the picturesque “La Boca” neighborhood of Italian immigrants and the magnificent “Riccoleto” cemetery.READ MORE
Finally, we’ll enjoy some time at the famous “Florida” pedestrian mall – and the giant “Pacifico Gallery”. At the end of the tour, we will embark on Holland America’s luxury cruise liner which will serve as our luxurious floating hotel for the duration of our cruise. We’ll check into our staterooms and prepare for Shabbat.Close this
On Shabbat after the services and meals we’ll enjoy a shiur or interesting lecture. We can also take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.
Today we will visit Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay that lies on the banks of the expansive Rio de la Plata River. Some claim that Montevideo is the little sister of Buenos Aires because of the cultural affinity between the two countries.READ MORE
We will stroll about the historic heart of the Old City, Ciudad Vieha. We will see the magnificent Independence Square in the center of Montevideo. In it, stands the mausoleum of Jose Artigas built in 1930 and housing the remains of the Uruguayan national hero. The square is on the border between the old city and the new city. We will stroll through the Port Market, Mercado del Puerto with its collection of shops, booths, craftspeople, and street artists. We will also pass through the city’s interesting sites: Solis Theater, Royal Palace, Park Prado, Government House, the Carrasco Neighborhood, Soccer Stadium, Holocaust Memorial and more.Close this
During these two days we’ll be cruising towards the Falkland Islands. This is an opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along the southern Atlantic Ocean.READ MORE
We’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers.Close this
Today we will visit the Falkland Islands. Geographically, the islands belong to the South American continent. However, it would not be wrong to think that we arrived in a province of England.READ MORE
Driving is on the left side of the road and the official language here is English. The islands became famous around the world due to unnecessary war initiated by Argentina against England. By the English, this faraway place is called the Falkland Islands. Some Argentines continue to believe that they are their own and they call them “Islas Malvinas”. The islands lie between South America and Antarctica. We will visit Stanley, the southernmost city on earth, the capital of the Falkland Islands.Close this
Today we will cross the famous Straits of Magellan named after Portuguese explorer and seafarer, Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered this area 1520 when he became the first person to circumnavigate the globe.READ MORE
The Straits of Magellan is the largest natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The strait enables passage between the southern continental tip of South America, the “Tierra del Fuego” (Land of Fire) and Cape Horn. It was considered a difficult route to navigate because of the unpredictable winds and currents and the narrowness of the passage. However, for today’s ships with their modern navigational instruments, the passage is much more interesting than it is difficult.Close this
Today we’ll anchor in Punta Arenas, the capital of Chilean Patagonia. This is the southernmost city in Chile, located on the shores of the Magellan Strait, at an equal distance from both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.READ MORE
We’ll tour downtown and see Magellan’s statue in the Central Square. We’ll also visit the Saliciano Museum, which exhibits a wide variety of fields: art, history, ethnology, fauna and flora in the region, the history of the missionary activities in the area and more. After the visit we’ll will return to the ship. We’ll then sail through the Beagle Canal, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago on the southern tip of South America. The strait separates the Big Island in the archipelago, also called Tierra del Fuego “Land of Fire” and the Picton, Navarino, Gordon, O’Brien, Londonderry and Stewart islands. In the eastern part, the strait serves as a natural boundary between Argentina to the north and Chile (to the south, and to the west it is wholly within Chile’s sovereignty.) We will also cross the Cockburn Canal and pass near the Eli glacier.Close this
Today we’ll dock in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world! It’s the entrance door to the Antarctic and the South Pole.READ MORE
According to the Argentines, Ushuaia is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire”, the South Atlantic Islands and also Antarctica. On Shabbat after the services and meals we’ll enjoy a shiur or interesting lecture. We can also take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink.Close this
Today we’ll sail pass Cape Horn – a rocky cliff that penetrates the sea and is the southernmost point on the South American continent.
Today is an opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along the southern Atlantic Ocean. We’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers.READ MORE
Also, we’ll be able to marvel at the views from the ship as we sail through the Sarmiento Canal named after the Spanish Pedro Sarmiento de Gambu who mapped the area from 1579-80. We’ll continue and cruise near the Amelia Glacier.Close this
Today we’ll sail through the Chilean Fjords – a maze of fjords, canals, islands and lakes. These fjords are considered even more beautiful than those in Norway.
Today our luxury liner docks in Puerto Mont, which is on the coast of Chiloe Bay. We’ll tour the city, during which we’ll see the Plaza De Armas Square, and visit the famous fish market.READ MORE
We will continue to the summit of Malfoy, one of the city’s hills and enjoy panoramic views of the harbor, Tango Island, and the little Reloncavi Bay. We’ll continue to visit Puerto Varas, which lies on the banks of Lake Llanquihue at the foot of Osorno Volcano. We’ll also pay a visit to Petrohue Falls.Close this
Another one of those magnificent days at sea, during which we can relax, clam down, and enjoy the placidity.READ MORE
For the more adventurous among us, there’s the spa and the swimming pools, the casino or the library, lectures, classes or the cinema, and in the evening, the Gala Performance in the theater – not to be missed!Close this
WE bid a very sad farewell to our wonderful, pampering, deluxe floating hotel – the spectacular MS Westerdam. We’ll thank our splendid crew for their amazing service and disembark from the ship.READ MORE
We’ll gather our luggage and enjoy a full day’s tour of this faraway city, the capital of Chile. Later, we’ll arrive to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.Close this
After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch. We’ll enjoy a walk tour of the area near our hotel.
That’s it. Our indescribable cruise and tour of South America has come to an end. Filled with so many wonderful memories, we’ll travel to the airport and fly back home.
The price is per person in window cabin. Price...Details
* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room
15-day cruise on the MS WESTERDAM
Air-conditioned tourist coach
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
First-class hotels throughout the land tours
Kosher half-board throughout the tour including supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
Professional experienced English-speaking guide
Kashrut and Logistics supervisor on the cruise
Tips for local service providers
Tips for Ship’s staff – $15-$16 per person per day (to be paid directly to the ship)
Personal expenses and services
Shows and evening entertainment not included in the above itinerary
Tip for the Israeli guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Travel, baggage and basic health insurance
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.
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.
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.
Terms of Payment
Registration fee is $500 per person
By June 1, 2020, a further $1500 per person
By September 1, 2020, 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.