A kosher cruise not to pass over

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

THE com­bi­na­tion of a cruise and the tra­di­tional Passover diet is prob­a­bly not so good for the waist­line or the choles­terol lev­els, but in terms of pro­vid­ing a re­lax­ing Pe­sach, Passover Kosher Cruises’ 11night trip aboard the 5-star Celebrity Equinox, sounds ap­peal­ing. The new­est (and lush­est) of Celebrity Cruise Line’s fleet, Equinox de­parts Fort Laud­erdale on March 29, vis­it­ing – among other places - Colom­bia, Panama, Cay­man Is­lands and Cozumel, be­fore re­turn­ing to Florida on April 9. As well as two Seder ser­vices and gourmet kosher cui­sine, there will be daily ser­vices and full Shab­bat meals and ser­vices. And when not eat­ing or pray­ing, guests can en­joy the ship’s ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude a half acre of grass at the “Lawn Club”. Prices from £2,504) per per­son, based on two shar­ing; chil­dren 2-9 shar­ing, from £1,127 ex­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional flights (www.passoverkosher­cruises.com; 00561-737-2991/ 888-745-6951. FOR walk­ing en­thu­si­asts, long-es­tab­lished Euro­pean short-break op­er­a­tor In­ntravel is of­fer­ing a new UK pro­gramme of self-guided walk­ing breaks, ex­plor­ing some of the UK’s wildest and most pic­turesque coun­try­side. The pro­gramme takes in the Peak District, a sec­tion of St. Oswald’s Way in Northum­ber­land, clas­sic York­shire Dales scenery and the North York Moors. Prices are from £260 per per­son (based on two shar­ing), and in­clude four nights B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion, two pic­nic lunches, maps, walk­ing notes and lug­gage trans­fers. Prices rise as din­ners and more lunches are in­cluded (01653 617000 www.in­ntravel.co.uk). IF you read mag­a­zine and news­pa­per health pages (of course you do, you’re Jewish), you will know that belly-danc­ing is not only fun, but an ef­fec­tive way to tone up and get fit­ter. If you fancy try­ing it out, one of Mod­ern Ho­tels’ Jer­sey prop­er­ties, the May­fair Ho­tel in St He­lier, is of­fer­ing a “Baubles and Bel­ly­dance” short break, from Novem­ber 27 to 29. At £99 per per­son, based on two shar­ing, it in­cludes half-board ac­com­mo­da­tion and pro­fes­sional danc­ing tu­ition, suit­able for all lev­els, from be­gin­ners to the more ex­pe­ri­enced (01534 759529; www.mod­ern­ho­tels.com). IF you have kids and are head­ing to Jerusalem, don’t leave home without log­ging on to www.fun­in­jerusalem.com; a new blog de­voted to kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties in the holy city and its en­vi­rons. It con­tains a daily events cal­en­dar, a com­pre­hen­sive at­trac­tion list, and lots of help­ful in­for­ma­tion about swim­ming pools, parks, mu­se­ums and na­ture trails, and lots more. STILL with chil­dren, travel op­er­a­tor Car­rier is of­fer­ing some ap­peal­ing seven-night deals for half-term. The of­fers in­clude Si­cily’s Ver­dura Golf and Spa Re­sort (seven nights from £5,880 per fam­ily of four in­clud­ing flights, half board, a sec­ond room for chil­dren, one spa treat­ment per adult and com­pli­men­tary green fees); Le Telfair Golf and Spa Re­sort, Mau­ri­tius (from £4,730 per fam­ily of four in­clud­ing half board, su­pe­rior room for two chil­dren up to 17); La Res­i­den­cia, Mal­lorca (from £3,745 per fam­ily of three in­clud­ing flights, and ac­com­mo­da­tion with break­fast) and Halkidiki’s cool Porto Sani Vil­lage and Spa (from £1930 per fam­ily of four in­clud­ing com­pli­men­tary half board). Dates and terms of va­lid­ity vary (www. car­rier.co.uk; 0161 491 7650). IN an ini­tia­tive aimed at mak­ing fly­ing to Tel Aviv eas­ier, El Al has teamed up with Heathrow Ex­press and First Cap­i­tal Con­nect to of­fer their pas­sen­gers the op­tion of book­ing train tick­ets to Heathrow and Lu­ton, at a 10 per cent re­duc­tion on reg­u­lar fares. Pur­chase dis­counted train fares when you book a flight on­line at www.elal.co.il, or use the “up­date” but­ton on the “Man­age my book­ing” page if you have booked with an agent.

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