Frequently Asked Questions

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How do we get to and from the ship

From the regional airports, airport transfers on day of embarkation and disembarkation are included as part of your all-inclusive cruise experience.  Please see the specific cruise page for details.

Is internet available onboard?

Internet service is available on most of our ships and included as part of your all-inclusive cruise experience. Please note this is a satellite or cellular connection so speeds are slow with breaks in service due to movement and location. Each ship is different and some ships may not have WiFi due to its remote locations. Please call for details.

Is there smoking on the ship?

All interiors of the ship are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted on the open air sun deck.

Do all rooms have full private facilities?

Yes, each stateroom has a fully equipped bathroom and shower.


Is there a TV in my stateroom?

Yes, there is satellite TV in each stateroom, though TV selections are limited. On some of our expedition cruises there are no TV’s in room (daily newspapers are supplied plus internet).

Is there a safe in the room?

Yes, each stateroom has a personal safe for your use.

Is English spoken on ship?

English is the common language spoken on board and there is also an English-speaking Cruise Director.  Kosher River Cruise team members also speak Spanish, Hebrew and a number of other languages.

Is sightseeing included?

Yes, as part of your all-inclusive cruise experience all tours as listed in the tour itinerary are included.  Additional options may be offered when you are on the ship.  Time is also allowed for self exploration.

What dates should I book my air?

If traveling from the USA to Europe, Asia or South America you may need to depart the USA no later than one day prior to your ships boarding. You may begin to disembark the ship in the early am on your last day. Please allow enough time to get to the airport and check into your flight. 

Will you assist me book my air?

Yes, we have an outside agency who can help book your air. There will be a booking fee on top of the airfare if booking through them. Your best bet is the airline internet site for best pricing. Groups of 10 or more departing and returning together many be eligible for a group air discount. Please call for details.

Is there a fitness area onboard the ship?

Yes, but depends on the ship.  Some have a full spa with full treatment facilities, indoor pool, fitness area with stationary bikes, including indoor sauna and Jacuzzi. Please see the individual cruise destination departure page fo specific ship details.

Is there a doctor onboard?

The ship always sails close to shore, in the event of an emergency, medical service can be request promptly. Our Amazon cruise will have a nurse on-board.

Is there laundry service onboard?

Laundry service is available onboard for a fee.

What is the cuisine?

All meals on board are prepared and supervised by our staff of master kosher chefs and the ships chefs all under the supervision of our head chef Malcolm Green and consist of local food adjusted to appeal to North American tastes. All food and standards for the program will be Glatt Kosher, all meat is Glatt, all diary Cholov Yisroel and Pas Yisroel for all breads and cakes.

Can you accommodate special diet requests?

Yes, we can accommodate special diets and food allergies for many needs. Please be sure to inform us at least 6 weeks month prior to departure about your needs to find out if they can be accommodated and give us ample time to prepare.  Last minute request cannot be guaranteed.

Whilst KRC has spent years creating and developing regular menus, we are pleased to announce that we have introduced a new high protein VEGAN menu, giving our vegan and vegetarian guests a healthy and varied diet.

Every meal begins with a large prepared and fresh salad bar.

There is always a vegan starter or a vegan pasta dish: Such as Forest mushroom risotto, vermicelli with lemon and artichoke pesto, melazane in carroza, baked penne and pumpkin.

We always have at least one Vegan soup: Such as Sweet potato and carrot, French Onion Soup, Mushroom Bisque, Vichyssoise.

For Entrée we always have at least one exciting vegan choice: As mentioned these have been designed to be tasty with a high protein content: Such as Sweet potato and black bean quesadillas, crusted cassoulet with tofu, squash and quinoa chili, shepherdess pie with quinoa.

Most of our desserts are vegetarian but we have a nice selection of vegan choices: Such as Linzertorte, Sacher Torte, Peach Melba, Apple crumble. Enjoy whilst maintaining your dietary choices.

If you are gluten intolerant we also have special choices just for you.

What is the dress code?

During the day time casual attire is the norm. At dinner it is casual nice with a collar shirt (e.g. Polo) and pants required. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes for our tour days!

Can we reserve a table in the dining room?

The ship has an open seating policy. This way you can meet new people. If you would like to dine with a special group of friends please arrive at dinner early when the dining room first opens.  Larger groups have the option of reserving their tables ahead of time.

Is wine, and beverages available with meals?

Local kosher wine and beverages are available at all meals and are included as part of your inclusive cruise package.  A number of our cruises are all-inclusive and include all bar and mini-bar items. Those cruises where an all-inclusive beverage service is not available we will provide a specific on-board credit in its place. Please call for details.

How big is the ship?

Our ships range from 150 to 60 passenger ships depending on destination. Unlike larger cruise vessels they are quite easy to get around as there are only two or three passenger decks plus the sun deck.

What is the currency and can we use credit cards?

All the countries in Europe you will visit on the cruise (including on the ship) except for Hungary will use the Euro. The ship and many locations accept major credit cards; however in small towns they may not be widely accepted especially on our Asia and Amazonas cruises. In these cases you should have some local currency. ATM machines are located throughout most of Europe. In Asia payment can be made in dollars in Real in Brazil .

Is a passport required?

Yes, a passport is required with at least six months of validity left from the date of your return. For non-U.S. passport holders please contact your airline for other passports to be sure you are able to travel to all the countries on your itinerary or transiting.

On our Mekong cruise guests will purchase visas through the ship on entry into Vietnam or Cambodia while on board. Arriving airports guests will have to purchase visas on their own.  Instructions will be supplied prior to cruise departure on how to do this online.

Amazon cruise a Brazilian visa may be required based on your nationality. Please inquire when purchasing your air tickets. 

Is there tipping onboard the ship?

Our policy is to collect $150 per person prior to departure to take care of all gratuities of non-Kosher River Cruise staff. This includes local guides and crew.

What do you recommend for those passengers with mobility concerns?

Gentle Walker Program & Guest Who May Need Additional Assistance: We welcome guests with limited mobility but want all guests to understand that challenges will exist on board and during shore excursions. Mot of our ships have elevators, though some may not and have split-level decks and/or significant thresholds that could make movement difficult, as there are stairs between decks. Shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs; accordingly, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult since crew availability is severely limited in most circumstances. Motorized scooters are not typically suited or can be used on-board. 


What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

“Outstanding experience in a wonderful religious environment viewing centuries of Jewish history”

Max B 

“Fabulous & flawless service”

“I have been totally spoiled for future vacations. Riverboat is the way to go. I’ve met such nice people, staff was great, food fantastic. A really well run and well thought out trip”

Harriet S

“Another successful experience”

“Our experience was unique in that we were able to tour a lot of territory and a variety of places with minimal inconvenience. The fact that our boat was always with us and there were no long bus rides or waits made this mode of travel extremely enjoyable.”

Micheol R


“It was important that the Kosher River Cruise director was always with us and was ready and willing to make adjustments along the way to keep everything moving smoothly. I would highly recommend Kosher River Cruises and this river cruise as an exceptional vacation experience.” “

Elaine R

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