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Yom Kippur at Sea

September 26th, 2012

I am not sure what I expected. Certainly we wound up with the same challenges on boarding day as last spring on Costa. Services with a location posted and the safety/boarding/lifeboat drill effectively at the same time.  By the time I saw the note for Friday evening participation, we were long past the time and on our way to supper.

On the Jewel last spring there was a retired Cantor who happily was up in front of a congregation (the 50 or so who came out of the woodwork to participate on Shabbos).

Now, last night was Erev Yom Kippur and today Yom Kippur. Somewhere in RCI’s literature I thought I remembered that they try to round up a rabbi for the High Holidays. Given that they have 22 ships, it seems like a bit of a stretch to me. OTOH, they managed to have a Catholic Priest on this crossing.

This post is pre placed – so it might yet change after I hit the next port and can give you a slightly more accurate account of actual evens


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  1. September 27th, 2012 at 17:11 | #1

    I think Royal Carribean should have made more of an effort to make sure there were accessible religious services for Yom Kippur. I hope you will let them know!

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