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    Q: Can I eat from
    the sealed Kosher
    meals that were
    heated for me on
    A: It is prohibited to
    explicitly ask a non-Jew to heat food for
    you on shabbos. If a non-Jew on their
    own heated solid foods without liquid,
    they may be eaten. If the non-Jew heated
    liquids, they should only be consumed
    once they have cooled significantly and
    the benefit of having been heated is gone.
    Q: Can I eat a baked potato that was
    double wrapped in silver foil and brought
    to me as such?
    A: A raw potato is obviously kosher. It
    can be cooked in a non-kosher oven by
    double wrapping it in silver foil. Since
    bishul akum is a concern, you should
    arrange to put the potato in the oven
    Q: Can I eat a piece of salmon that was
    double wrapped in silver foil? What
    about other fish?

    A: It is only permissible to eat fish when
    you have seen the fins and scales and
    confirm its kosher status. A clean knife
    should be used to fillet the fish on clean
    paper. Salmon is the only fish that is
    kosher even once filleted since it is
    distinguished by its color. The fish
    should be double wrapped in silver foil,
    and you must place it in the oven to avoid
    bishul akum.
    Q: Can I eat hard boiled eggs that were
    prepared in a non-kosher pot?
    A: The taste from the non-kosher pot is
    transferred and the eggs are not kosher.
    Q: Can I eat cold cereal and milk in a
    non-Kosher bowl with a non-kosher
    A: Yes, but care should be taken to
    confirm that the cutlery and utensils are
    Q: Can I eat freshly cut up fruit and/or

    A: Yes, with exception of onions and
    radishes. Please be aware that some
    vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower
    require inspection to make sure there are
    no insects.
    Q: When the cruise is complete, is
    birchas ha’gomel recited?
    A: Yes, preferably within three days
    Shabbos Considerations:
    Q: Does it make a difference what day
    of the week the cruise begins?
    A: There is no concern with a cruise
    that begins on Sunday – Wednesday.
    Due to the potential for sea sickness,
    combined with the possibility of Shabbos
    violation, Chazal decreed that it is
    forbidden to set sail within three days of
    Shabbos. While a minority opinion
    suggests that today large ships are stable
    and eliminate the necessity to adjust,
    most opinions require us to observe the
    original decree. Therefore, you should
    not book a cruise that sets sail Thursday
    or Friday.
    Q: If the cruise docks on Shabbos,
    can I disembark?
    A: There is no prohibition in
    disembarking on Shabbos, but there
    are a few halachic considerations you
    must be careful about. Since there is
    no eruv binding the ship to the dock
    and its adjacent area, carrying is
    forbidden. You must check your
    pockets, etc. before disembarking.
    Furthermore, there is a limitation in
    how far you can travel on shabbos
    outside of a residential area. The
    techum (boundary) begins at the dock
    and extends approximately 7/10 of a
    mile. Care must be taken not to walk
    too far and many believe out of
    caution, one shouldn’t disembark
    from a ship that docked on Shabbos.
    Q: The ship has a metal detector,
    can I pass through it when re-boarding
    the ship on Shabbos?
    A: You may pass through the
    detector assuming you are not
    carrying or wearing anything that
    may set it off.
    Q: My cabin has an electronic door
    lock, what should I do on shabbos?

    A: You must leave your key at the front
    desk or with security and let them know
    that you will be asking them over shabbos
    to open your door for you.
    Q: The doors throughout the ship are
    electronic and open based on a sensor.
    What should I do?
    A: If there are manual doors available,
    it is preferable to use them.
    If not, wait for a non-Jew to trigger the
    sensor and open the door and follow
    closely behind them.
    Q: Can I carry on the ship; does it need
    an eruv or eruv chatzeiros?
    A: Carrying on the ship is permissible
    as it is an inherently closed space. No
    eruv chatzeiros is necessary.
    Q: Where should I light Shabbos
    candles? Can I use electric lights?
    A: It is preferable to light candles in the
    dining room within proximity to where
    the Shabbos meals will take place. If that
    is not possible, they can be lit in the cabin
    where you will sleep. In most cases,
    candles are not allowed on the ship, so
    the mitzvah should be fulfilled by turning
    on an incandescent light bulb or
    flashlight; a beracha should be recited.
    Q: I don’t have kosher grape juice or
    kosher wine, how do I make Kiddush?
    A: If there is no kosher grape juice or
    wine, Kiddush should be recited over
    Q: I didn’t bring a havdallah set, what
    should I do?
    A: Beer or juice can be used in place of
    wine. Any spice that has a fragrance can
    be used as besamim.Two candles held
    together can be used as the havdallah
    candle. If only one candle is available,
    the beracha may be recited. If candles are
    not permitted on the ship, one may use an
    electric incandescent light in place of a
    Havdalah candle.