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’ll travel on a captivating journey from seductive Lima, lofty Cusco and the mysterious Machu Picchu Falls in Peru, through charming Santiago de Chile, where we’ll board our indulgent 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. We’ll definitely not give up on the amazing architecture of Old Montevideo, and also enjoy mesmerizing Buenos Aires. Combine all this with a delightful 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 “. Our big day has arrived. We’ll arrive, to Lima, Capital of Peru, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Today we’ll head out to explore this bustling city. We’ll visit the Plaza Mayo to see the Presidential Palace, the Central Cathedral and the City Hall.READ MORE
From there we’ll continue to Plaza San Martin with its impressive colonial architecture. After the tour we’ll return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat, which we’ll enjoy with the warm and hospitable Jewish community of Lima.Close this
After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch, we’ll enjoy a stroll in the neighborhood near our hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll go out for a more in-depth visit in the city. We’ll start at Parque Rabin which commemorates Israel’s late Prime Minister.READ MORE
From there we’ll continue to the Larco Museum which houses numerous collections of Inca and pre-colonial gold, along with ancient jewelry, masks, ceramics, and various antiquities from Peru’s varied cultures and ethnicities.Close this
This morning we’ll fly to Cusco, a city of 380,000 residents which is located at a towering altitude of 3,326m above sea level. This is the enchanting capital of the Lower Andes Mountains.READ MORE
We’ll arrive to amazing panoramas of the city and its environs, and we’ll immediately depart down to the Urubamba River Valley which was the Sacred Valley of the Inca Kingdom. We’ll visit the Awana Cancha Alpaca & Llama Farm, and enjoy the manifold items on sale at the colorful Indian Market in Pisac. We’ll marvel at the amazing scenery as travel through the valley.Close this
One of the highlights of the tour come sour way today as we travel by train through spectacular scenery on our way to visit the ancient city of Machu Picchu.READ MORE
This “Lost City: was abandoned by the Inca and remained undiscovered until it was revealed in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham. After our visit we’ll spend some time in the market town of Aguas Calientes which lies at the foot of Machu Picchu, in the midst of some amazing jungle and rain forest.Close this
By now we’ll be acclimatized to the altitude, so we’ll begin our climb to Cusco with a visit to the ruins of the Inca settlement of Ollantaytambo.READ MORE
We’ll begin our visit to Cusco with a walking tour of the city center, among the charming town squares, the impressive palaces, and the beautiful and unique architecture of the city. After supper we’ll so out to a folklore show about life in the Andes Mountains.Close this
Today we’ll fly direct to Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Upon arrival we’ll take a tour of the city, the fifth largest in South America, and one of the most modern on the continent.
Today we’ll board Holland America’s luxury cruise liner MS Westerdam, which will serve as our luxurious floating hotel for the duration of our cruise.READ MORE
We set sail in the afternoon from Santiago Harbor as we begin our cruise voyage around Soputh Amrica. We’ll check into our staterooms and prepare for Shabbat.Close this
After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch 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 enjoy the placidity of the sea.
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
Today we drop anchor in Puerto Chacabuco, close to Caraterra Austral, Chile’s 1240 km-long highway that was paved in the 1970s and is considered one of the world’s great scenic motorways.READ MORE
The roadway traverses the southern part of Chile, from the city of Puerto Mont in the north to the town of Villa O’Higgins in the south, and passes along hanging glaciers, massive forests, towns and villages, fjords and lagoons. On our travels, we’ll visit some of the villages and be amazed by the beauty of nature in this part of the world.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 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 Gamboa who mapped the area from 1579-80. We’ll continue and cruise near the Amelia Glacier.Close this
Today we’ll cross the Straits of Magellan, named for the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered the straits in 1520. The straits are the largest natural, navigable passage.READ MORE
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. 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.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.READ MORE
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 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
During these two days we’ll be cruising towards Montevideo, Uruguay. 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 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
This morning we’ll bid farewell to our luxurious cruise liner MS Westerdam and it’s wonderful crew at the port of Buenos Aires, and disembark to continue our tour of this city of 10 million residents.READ MORE
We’ll visit the famous Palermo neighborhood, the garden city of Buenos Aires. We’ll visit the artsy quarter of La Boca, which was the original neighborhood where immigrants from Italy first lived. From there we’ll continue to view the magnificent Ricoleta cemetery. Finally, we’ll arrive to the Florida pedestrian mall, home to the world renowned Galeria Pacifico shopping mall. In the evening there is an option to go out to a Tango Show (payment required).Close this
After breakfast we’ll continue our visit to the “Paris of South America”.READ MORE
We’ll drive along its wide boulevards, decorated with trees and flowers and pass by the Presidential Palace, the Congress, the impressive synagogues, the Opera House, the Supreme Court on the façade of which are engraved the Ten Commandments, the football stadium and the Jewish quarter. We’ll return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.Close this
After Shabbat services, Kiddush and Lunch, we’ll go out for a walking tour of the area near our hotel.
Our tour of South America sadly comes to an end.
Tips for local service providers
15-day cruise on the MS WESTERDAM
Air-conditioned tourist coach
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
Kosher half-board throughout the tour including supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
Kosher full board during the cruise
Professional experienced English-speaking guide
Kashrut and Logistics supervisor on the cruise
Travel, baggage and health insurance
Tips for Ship’s staff – $15 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 guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
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.