A kosher cruise not to pass over
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.