Terms & Conditions of Variety cruises
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the Cruise Operators and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 Beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but the Cruise Operator guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.
50% deposit is required upon confirmation. Balance of payment is due no
less than 60 days prior to day of embarkation.
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults
receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. Port taxes are not discounted.
Cancellation costs will be incurred as follows:
60 or more days before departure: 20% of total holiday cost.
60-31 days before departure - 45% of total holiday cost.
30-16 days before departure: 70% of total holiday cost
15 days or less before departure: 100% of total holiday cost
Although passengers are covered by insurance while cruising, they are advised to purchase a “trip cancellation” policy in case of any unexpected contingencies.Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned. If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, the person(s) concerned may be able to transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than two weeks before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result, together with an amendment fee of £25 per person must be paid before the transfer can be effected. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the ticket.
here may be a charge for amendments of cruise date or decreasing guest numbers received less than 60 days prior to sailing. Amendments must be confirmed by ODYSSEY SAILING in writing.
NOT INCLUDED IN CRUISE FARE
Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included in the rate), laundry and gratuities, (gratuities are optional but as a rule, satisfied clients are
expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately Euro 8 -10 Euro per person per day day for distribution among crew members) medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions (shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders) expenditures incurred ashore, and anything not mentioned in cruise program.
ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS FOR ALL CRUISES:
Because no lifeguard is provided swimming off the vessels is at the passengers
own risk. Times of arrival and departure at the various ports of call are given
as a guide and we cannot guarantee that they will be strictly adhered
to. Omitting a port of call or making required changes in itinerary does
not entitle passengers to any claims or refunds. Every step has been taken
to insure that the sports facilities on board are in good working order
and their failure does not constitute reason for refunds and or additional
claims. The Company reserves the right to cancel any cruise, in which
case the full fare, will be refunded. If necessary, itinerary may be changed
and vessel substituted before or after commencement of cruise. Fares are
established in accordance with the exchange rate and fuel prices at the
time of printing and they are subject to change without notice.
After commencement of cruise, should the vessel sustain any breakdown
in machinery or be disabled by fire, grounding or collision for more than
48 hours disrupting the cruise itinerary and if no acceptable alternate
arrangement or substitute vessel of similar quality is offered, then passenger
will be given a proportional refund per diem of paid cruise fare. No further
claims will be accepted.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE THE CRUISE
EMBARKATION / DISEMBARKATION
Passengers are requested to be on board 2 hours prior to departure.
Disembarkation is after breakfast at approximately 9am.
Participants must be in possession of a valid passport (expiring not earlier
than one month after cruise ends) and should obtain visas and health certificates
where required. All requirements should be confirmed with appropriate
government consulate or information office prior to departure.
LUGGAGE AND CLOTHING
Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your
cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases. Sports or casual
clothes are more useful. Plenty of swimwear is required and a pullover
or cardigan is recommended for cool evenings. Comfortable walking shoes
are suggested when ashore; a beach towel is also required for swimming.
It is not necessary to bring such items as cutlery, cups, plates, glasses,
etc., as vessels are fully equipped.
Our ship generators provide an electric current of 220 v. Cabins are equipped
with European type plugs so please remember to bring an adaptor if necessary
Due to safety reasons it is requested that physical disabilities of any
kind be advised at time of reservation. It is understood that passengers
requiring special attention or treatment will be travelling with their
personal escorts. The company retains the right to refuse to embark any
pregnant woman beyond the 6th month of pregnancy
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Every attempt to meet special dietary requirements will be made provided
that such a request is put in writing at least 4 weeks prior to sailing.
Please see special packages for each cruise.
Each day's schedule will be posted by our cruise coordinator listing necessary
information such as arrival/departure times, meal times, days activities
and any other pertinent information. It its understood that the daily
programme will be given as a guideline and that it is subject to change
due to unforeseen circumstances
Jewellery, money, documents etc., should be given to the captain who will
deposit items in the ship's safe boxes free of charge. The company and
its personnel bear no responsibility for valuables kept by passengers.
PERSONAL EXPENSES & FUNDS
The EURO is the official currency on board. There is an optional credit
system for expenses on board that may be paid/settled at the end of the
cruise. Most major currencies and traveller's cheques are accepted / exchanged
at their official exchange rate.
Should any problems arise on board please report them first to your tour
coordinator and the Captain. Crewmembers will do their utmost to rectify
the situation. The company cannot accept any complaints that were not
reported on board. Complaints that are received by the company 3 weeks
after the end of cruise are also not acknowledged.
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