Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Crystal Cruises Expands Jewish Cultural Explorations

With increased participation in Jewish heritage tours, Crystal Cruises has expanded its related programming in 2011. Scheduled are more than a dozen Crystal Adventures that explore Jewish life, past and present, around the world, including in and near Mumbai, Miami, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Rome, Dublin, Jerusalem/Ashdod, and Odessa.

Examples of excursions include St. Petersburg, where the Russian Jewish community survived Communist oppression, war and hardship, as demonstrated through its people, community centers, music, and an intimate home visit; Mumbai, with visits to three synagogues, ranging from Baghdadi to Bene-Israel congregations; Copenhagen, with a visit the Museum of Danish Resistance, which shows how 99 percent of Denmark’s Jews survived the Holocaust; Dublin, which includes a look at the social, legal and political contributions of the Irish-Jewish community with a visit to the first dedicated day school and home of Israeli ex-President Chaim Herzog; German concentration camps, including Neungamme, which housed 100,000 prisoners outside Hamburg, and Berlin’s Sachsenhausen, which became the blueprint for all other camps; and Rome, including the 2,000-plus-year-old Jewish Quarter. While most 2012 excursions are still in development, Crystal is planning a Jewish heritage tour of Shanghai for its 2012 World Cruise.

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