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The Marco Polo in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
several days before the actual de-
parture. They wanted both to ex-
plore the places of interest in that
city and to "check out" the Bel-
mont Hotel — an establishment
certified by the local rabbinate —
which prepares, seals and freezes
kosher meals for South African
Airlines and for the cruise lines
whose vessels depart from Cape
Promptly at at 5:15 p.m. that
first evening aboard the ship, Mr.
Jacobs, covering his head with
a tallit, led a minyan of a dozen-
or-so men, as well as their wives,
in the first of four Sabbath eve
services. The ship had reserved
a room on the upper deck, print-
ed copies of a basic Orthodox sid-
dur and set up a table with
Sabbath candles, challah (pre-
pared by a kosher bakery in Cape
Town) and bottle of Zandwijk
wine, a kosher product from Stel-
lenbosch, the wonderfully fertile
wine region immediately north
of Cape Town.
The initial service was one of
a number of inspirational gath-
erings — for the Sabbath, for kad-
dish prayers and for shore visits
to places of Jewish interest in the
various ports visited. These ac-
tivities brought together Jews
from all parts of the world, Amer-
icans, English, South African.
The ship's daily bulletin car-
ried announcements of the week-
ly services, for example. The
voyages had not realized how
many Jewish passengers were
aboard; until reading the an-
nouncement,s, they, in turn, had
not known that there would be
Ian Vella, the food-and-bever-
age officer on the Marco Polo, had
ordered something like 600 indi-
vidual platters of kosher food
from the Belmont Hotel, as well
as a supply of plastic plates, glass-
es and cutlery — more than
enough for the four Americans
and for the several English cou-
ples, who began to order kosher
meals when they discovered that
such food was, indeed, available.
The food packages were color-
coded: red for Beef Wellington
dish, green for a baked chicken,
blue for a inatzah ball soup and
so on. They were presented with
a daily menu to remind them, by
name and color, of the wide vari-
ety of soups, entrees and desserts
from which they could choose.
Seated, by choice, at their own
table, the Jacobs and Schreibers
were then served — with the same
panache which prevailed for all
the ship's passengers — their
meals-of-the-day, heated and still
wrapped, ready to be opened by
one or another of the Filipino wait-
ers in attendance on them.
Mr. Jacobs, speaking for the
four, declared the meals "superb,"
as good as they had ever eaten,
far superior to kosher airline food.
The three-score or more par-
ticipants in Rabbi Marvin Tokay-
er's summer cruise aboard the
Marco Polo, "Southeast Asia
Through Jewish Eyes," will en-
joy kosher food at the next high-
er level: Meals will not be
delivered frozen and heated to or-
der but will be cooked on board,
from fresh ingredients to finished
products, under the supervision
of mashgiach and in a specially
kashered section of the ship's
Additionally, the Orient Line
will unseal and set aside pots,
dishes, glasses and silverware for
the exclusive use of observant
passengers. All cutlery, dinner-
ware and other utensils will be
washed with kosher soap in sep-
arate, kashered dishwashers.
For trips ashore, kosher box
lunches will be provided. In Bali,
where passengers will spend an
overnight, vegetarian meals will
be served at the Bum-Bum
Restaurant; its menu is Buddhist
— so strictly vegetarian that all
dairy products, including eggs,
are banned as, in effect, treife.
Cruise dates are July 12-
30.The itinerary: Singapore, Se-
mang (Java), Bali, Kota Kinabalu
(Malaysia), Ho Chi Minh City
(Saigon) and Bangkok; the all-in-
clusive price, $5,545-$6,990. De-
tails on this and other "Jewish
Eyes" tours — Italy, Aug. 28-
Sept. 13; India (for solar eclipse),
Oct. 18-Nov. 2 — are available
from Michael Kong of Lotus
Tours, (212) 267-5414; fax, (212)
for the wonderful time you gave our
72 person group aboard the Sovereign of the Seas!
Pictured above is Regina Goldstein with part
of the group at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
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