Cruise Terms and Conditions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Definitions: This Contract is between Southern Rock Cruise 19, LLC (“SRC19”) and the Guest. The “Guest” is each person passage on the voyage described in the ticket, and includes any accompanying minors, and any of their heirs, successors, assigns or representatives. The word “Carrier” shall mean NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. doing business as Norwegian Cruise Line and shall include its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, assigns, as well as Southern Rock Cruise 19, LLC and its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, assigns and the vessel upon which the voyage was booked or any vessel substituted in its place, including the master and crew of the vessel(s) for Guest’s voyage. However, for voyages on (a) the Pride of America, the word “Carrier” shall mean NCL America LLC doing business as NCL America and shall include its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, assigns, Southern Rock Cruise 19, LLC and its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, assigns, as well as the vessel Pride of America, or any vessel substituted in its place, including the master and crew of the vessel(s) for Guest’s voyage; and (b) the Norwegian Joy, the word “Carrier” shall mean Eurosoft Corporation Limited doing business as Norwegian Cruise Line and shall include its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, assigns, Southern Rock Cruise 19, LLC and its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, assigns as well as the vessel Norwegian Joy, or any vessel substituted in its place, including the master and crew of the vessel(s) for Guest’s voyage.

 

  1. The Contract: The Guest agrees that this Contract governs the relationship between the Guest and the Carrier, regardless of the Guest's age, whether the Guest purchased the ticket on his or her own behalf, and/or whether the ticket has been held and/or presented by another person on behalf of the Guest. The Guest agrees that, except as expressly provided herein, this Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the Guest and Carrier, and shall supersede and exclude any prior representations that may have been made in relation to the cruise to the Guest or anyone representing him/her by anyone, including but not limited to anything stated in the Carrier's brochures, advertisements, and other promotional materials, by Norwegian Cruise Line or NCL America or Southern Rock Cruise 19, LLC employees or by third persons such as travel agents. In the event of a direct conflict between a provision of this Contract and a provision of the Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights (PBOR) in effect at the time of booking, the PBOR controls. No person other than the person(s) named in the Ticket Contract can use the Ticket Contract without the express written agreement of the Carrier. This Contract is only valid for the cruise specified in the accompanying ticket. The terms herein shall be binding upon payment of the cruise fare by the Guest and Guest accepts and agrees to the terms upon presenting this Contract to the Carrier for boarding even if no payment of the cruise fare has been made. The rights, defenses, immunities and limitations of liability set forth herein shall inure to the benefit of the Carrier and all concessionaires, independent contractors or other service providers; and affiliated or related companies, parents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns or fictitiously named entities; all suppliers, shipbuilders, component part manufacturers; and its or their owners, operators, managers, charterers, agents, pilots, officers, crew and employees.

 

3.Terms of Fare:

  1. Items Included in Fare: The fare paid by the Guest for this ticket includes transportation on the vessel named herein, full board, and ordinary vessel food, but does not include beer, wine, spirits, sodas or mineral waters, nor expenses incurred for other incidental or personal services/purchases.
  2. Liability: Southern Rock Cruise  19, LLC  its affiliates, parent companies, employees, shareholders, officers and directors (collectively “SRC19”) does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip, including, for example, lodging facilities, transportation companies, local ground operators, guides, sightseeing companies, entertainment, food or drink service providers, equipment suppliers, etc. As a result, SRC19 is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person or entity. In addition, SRC19 is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person or entity it does not own or control, nor for any act or inaction of any other third party not under its control. By booking a cabin you expressly agree to be bound by and accept the SRC19 Terms and Conditions.
  3. Payment Plans: SRC19 has several payment plans available to you for the Cruise. By selecting one or more of the payment plans available, you authorize us to charge your Payment Method for monthly, quarterly or semi-annual payments as selected without additional notice to you. You expressly agree not to dispute any credit card charges associated with this trip.

 

  1. Passport Policy:
  2.  For United States Citizens: A valid passport book is required for all travel outside the United States. To be considered valid, passports must have an expiration date later than six months after your date of travel. For further information and passport requirements, please visit www.state.gov.
  3. For Non-United States Citizens: You must have a valid passport and any necessary visas for travel. Please carefully verify the existing identification requirements for your particular travel situation with your local consulate. In addition, non-U.S. citizens who have previously been admitted to the United States for permanent residence must carry their Permanent Residence Card (Form I-551), commonly known as a Green Card. Resident aliens not in possession of this must obtain one at the nearest office of the United States Immigration Service.
  4. Visas: Visa requirements will vary depending on the passport under which you are traveling and the countries being visited. Guests traveling under non-U.S., non-Canadian, and non-European passports must check with the Consulate of every country visited during the cruise for specific Visa requirements. When contacting a Consulate, provide the complete itinerary for the cruise so they can give accurate information. A guest may also contact a Visa service agency in his or her country for assistance. Failure to comply with the Passport Policy will result in a cancellation of your reservation at no refund to you.

 

  1. Risk-Free Booking Window: We’re confident that you’ll love the lineup we are putting together, but if at any time you’re not satisfied with our lineup simply cancel by June 15, 2018 and we’ll refund every penny of your deposit and any payments made!  It’s risk free!
  2. Cancellation Policy: After the expiration of the Risk- Free Booking Window, all payments to SRC19 are non-refundable and non-transferable. SRC19 may adjust itineraries and schedules, change any talent performing onboard the cruise, delay departures or arrivals without any further obligation to you. We reserve the right to refuse service to any person or cancel your reservation at any time at our sole discretion. SRC19 will not be responsible for any loss incurred due to a cancelled/delayed flight or other means of transportation.
  3. Included/Excluded Charges: The cabin prices advertised are “cruise only” and are based upon double occupancy, except for “Singles.”  The price does not include airfare, ground transportation, onboard purchases, purchased drinks onboard or excursions. It does include meals (except for meals at the specialty restaurants), shows and onboard events produced by SRC19. The cost of 3rd and 4th passengers in a stateroom varies depending on cabin category and is $1,299 for all suites and Family ocean view staterooms, $1,099 for Concierge and Veranda staterooms, $849 for ocean view Staterooms and $699 for Inside Staterooms plus all applicable taxes and fees.
  4. Port Charges/Taxes/Gratuities/Admin Fee:  $275 per person is due when remaining balance is due. This payment satisfies guest’s total obligation for port charges, taxes, gratuities, and admin fees.
  5. Credit Cards/Cancellation Fees: SRC19 reserves the right to charge additional fees for returned payments, late payments, missed payments, canceled cards, chargebacks, credit card changes, invalid credit cards, cancellations and cancellations as a result of your  failure to comply with any requests by SRC19.The fee assessed shall be $150 per person plus 5% of the total transaction.
  6. Manifest Change Fees: You must provide SRC19 with the name(s) of your travel companion(s) prior to making the final payment. Any changes to travel companions after the cruise is paid in full will result in you incurring a $150 manifest change fee.  No changes to travel companions will be accepted 14 days prior to the cruise departure.
  7. Trip Protection: After the expiration of the Risk- Free Booking Window, all payments made to SRC19 are nonrefundable so we strongly encourage the purchase of Travel Protection. Please inquire at the time of booking about Travel Protection, as certain benefits are time sensitive, including Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR). CFAR coverage is 75% of the nonrefundable trip cost. Trip cancellation must be 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. CFAR must be purchased at the time of plan purchase and within 14 days of your initial trip deposit. This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.
  8. Currency: Unless otherwise noted, all prices on the website and any fees associated with the Cruise including any applicable taxes are quoted in United States Dollars (“USD”). All payments to SRC19 will be charged in USD to your selected payment method. You may incur an additional fee by your bank or credit card processor if it is an international transaction.

 

  1. Carrier's Rules and Regulations:
  1. Guest's Agreement: The Guest agrees to abide by the rules of the Carrier, including, but not limited to, the rules and regulations particularly set forth below, and to follow the lawful instructions of the vessel's officers and crew, at all times. The Guest accepts that failure to do so constitutes a material breach of this Contract which may subject the Guest, as well as any accompanying Guest(s), to involuntary disembarkation without liability whatsoever to the Carrier for any refund or any other related loss or expense to the Guest, and any accompanying Guest(s).
  2. Carrier's Right to Confine, or Refuse or Revoke Passage: The Guest recognizes and agrees that the Carrier reserves the right, without incurring liability of any kind, to refuse or revoke passage to, or confine to a stateroom, any Guest who, in the sole judgment of the Carrier or vessel's medical personnel, may be refused admission into a port of landing or into the country of destination, or may be suffering from a contagious disease, or for any other cause may endanger themselves or others, or become obnoxious to others. Any Guest who is refused passage or otherwise denied any advertised benefit or service under this paragraph shall not be entitled to receive any compensation whatsoever and shall become liable for any resulting expenses incurred by the Carrier. Guest acknowledges that it is Carrier’s policy that all Guests must be onboard the vessel one (1) hour prior to the departure time noted on their cruise documents for the port of embarkation as well as one (1) hour before departure at all ports of call and agrees that it is the Guest’s responsibility not to miss such final boarding time. Any Guest who fails to board the vessel one (1) hour prior to departure is at risk of being left at the port of embarkation or port of call. In such event, Carrier shall have the right without notice to depart without the Guest and Guest shall be fully responsible to pay for or indemnify the Carrier from all expenses incurred to rejoin the vessel at the next port or for his/her own return passage, including, but not limited to, government fees or fines, visa fees, subsistence, lodging, air fare, launch fare, car hire or agency fees. In such event, Guest shall not be entitled to a refund and shall be deemed to have breached this ticket contract. Further, in such event, the entire fare shall be deemed fully earned by Carrier and no portion thereof shall be recoverable by Guest.
  3. Minors: SRC19 strictly prohibits Minors (individuals under the age of 18) from booking a cabin or sailing onboard the ship even if they are accompanied by an adult. All guest over 18 but not yet 21 must share a cabin with a companion 21 years old or older in order to sail. SRC19 reserves the right to cancel a reservation, deny entry onboard the ship or require a Guest to disembark immediately if they are in violation of this policy with no refund or compensation to the Guest.  SRC19 reserves the right to request proof of age at any time and Guest’s age on the date of sailing determines his or her status for the entire cruise vacation.
  4. Forbidden Articles: The Guest agrees not to bring on board the vessel, under any circumstances, any firearms or weapons of any kind, ammunition, explosives, or other substances of a dangerous nature, nor animals of any kind, except service or guide animals, provided that the Guest notifies the Carrier,  prior to the cruise, of the Guest's intention to bring such animal and agrees to accept full responsibility for any expense, damage, losses, or injuries associated with or caused by such animal. The Guest further understands and agrees that any alcoholic beverages purchased ashore shall not be brought or consumed aboard the vessel under any circumstances, but shall be delivered to the vessel's crew at the gangway to be retained by the Carrier until the Guest disembarks at the end of the voyage. The Guest assumes all responsibility for complying with any applicable customs or import laws relating to any such purchase.
  5. No Soliciting: The Guest shall not solicit other Guests, the Carrier's employees, personnel or agents during the voyage with respect to any professional, commercial, or business activity, whether for profit or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the Carrier.
  6. Special Medical Care; Fitness to Travel: The Guest acknowledges that medical care while on a cruise ship may be limited or delayed and that the ship may travel to destinations where medical care is unavailable. Guest further understands that there may be circumstances beyond Carrier’s control which may prevent or delay a medical evacuation or disembarkation. The Guest warrants that the Guest, and those for whom the Guest is responsible, are fit to travel. Any condition of the Guest that may require special attention or treatment of any kind should be reported to the Carrier by the Guest when a reservation is requested. The Guest agrees not to present herself for boarding under any circumstances if, by the time the Guest will conclude her travel with the Carrier, she will have entered the 24th week of pregnancy. Guests with special needs are advised that certain international safety requirements, shipbuilding requirements, and/or applicable regulations may cause difficulty for mobility-impaired persons or persons with severely impaired sight and/or hearing. Guests requiring the use of a wheelchair must provide their own as any wheelchairs available on the vessel are for emergency use only. For the convenience and comfort of such Guests, they are strongly encouraged to bring a collapsible wheelchair. Guests are advised that standard cabins are not designed to be barrier free and wheelchair accessible.
  7. Liability of the Guest: The Guest shall be liable to and shall reimburse Carrier for all damages or loss of or to the vessel and its furnishings and any equipment or property of the Carrier or any other Guest caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any act or omission of the Guest or those for whom the Guest is responsible, whether willful or negligent, including but not limited to, theft or any other criminal act. The Guest shall further indemnify the Carrier and each and all of their agents or servants against all liability whatsoever arising from any personal injury, death or damage or loss whatsoever caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any willful or negligent act or omission on the part of the Guest or those for whom the Guest is responsible.

 

  1. Limitations and Disclaimers of Liability:

 

  1. The Carrier and the Guest hereby agree there is no warranty, whether express or implied, as to the fitness, seaworthiness, or condition of the vessel or any person on board, or any food, drink, medicine, or provisions supplied on board the vessel. The Guest acknowledges that the Carrier is not an insurer of his or her safety during the course of the voyage, and the Guest agrees that the Carrier shall not be liable in any circumstances for any incident or injury arising from events occurring outside of the Guest areas of the vessel or outside of the vessel itself, including but not limited to those events occurring ashore (including shore excursions), on tenders not owned or operated by the Carrier, on or resulting from equipment not a part of the vessel, or upon docks and/or piers, or involving persons employed on board the vessel acting outside the course and scope of employment.
  2. The Carrier disclaims all liability to the Guest for damages for emotional distress, mental suffering or psychological injury of any kind not resulting from a physical injury to that Guest, nor from that Guest having been at risk of actual physical injury, nor intentionally inflicted by the Carrier.
  3. On international cruises which neither embark, disembark nor call at any U.S. port and where the Guest commences the cruise by embarkation or disembarks at the end of the Cruise in a port of a European Member State, Carrier shall be entitled to any and all liability limitations and immunities for loss of or damage to luggage, death and/or personal injury as provided under EU Regulation 392/2009 on the liability of carriers to guests in the event of accidents. Unless the loss or damage was caused by a shipping incident, which is defined as a shipwreck, capsizing, collision or stranding of the ship, explosion or fire in the ship, or defect in the ship (as defined by the Regulation), Carrier’s liability is limited to no more than 400,000 Special Drawing Rights (“SDR”) per guest (approximately U.S. $608,000, which fluctuates depending on the daily exchange rate as published in the Wall Street Journal) if the guest proves that the incident was a result of Carrier’s fault or neglect. If the loss or damage was caused by a shipping incident, Carrier’s liability is limited to no more than 250,000 SDRs per guest (approximately U.S.$380,000, which fluctuates depending on the daily exchange rate as published in the Wall Street Journal). Compensation for loss caused by a shipping incident can increase to a maximum of 400,000 SDRs per guest unless Carrier proves that the shipping incident occurred without Carrier’s fault or  neglect.  Shipping incidents do not include acts of war, hostilities, civil war, insurrection, natural disasters, or intentional acts or omissions of third parties. In cases where the loss or damage was caused in connection with war or terrorism, Carrier’s liability for any personal injury or death (whether occurring during a shipping incident or a non-shipping incident) is limited to the lower of 250,000 SDRs per guest or 340 million SDRs per ship per incident. Punitive damages are not recoverable for cruises covered by EU Regulation 392/2009. For a copy of EU Regulation 392/2009, visit http://eur- lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:131:0024:0046:EN:PDF. In addition, Guests embarking a cruise in a European Member State port are afforded rights under EU Regulation 1177/2010. For additional information on EU Regulation 392/2009 please click here, and for information regarding EU Regulation 1177/2010 please click here.
  4. In addition, and on all other cruises, Carrier and the vessel shall have the benefit of any statutory limitation of liability or exoneration of liability available in the applicable forum, or under any applicable national or international law, including, but not limited to, 46 U.S.C. §§ 30501 through 30509 and 30511.
  5. The Carrier shall not be liable for any injuries or damages which occur while participating in any athletic or recreational activities aboard the vessel or onshore at any port of call, including, but not limited to, Guest participation in snorkeling programs or Guest usage of any paddleball, rock climbing wall, batting cage/pitching machine, bowling, bungee trampoline, ice skating, jet ski, rappelling wall, spider web, golf, onboard water-slides, hippo slide, gymnasium, jogging, swimming, diving, health club and sauna facilities. By utilizing said facilities, the Guest agrees to assume all risks arising therefrom and does hereby fully release and discharge the Carrier from any and all claims, demands, damages, causes of action, present or future, whether the same be known, anticipated or unanticipated, resulting from or arising out of the Guest's use or intended use of said facilities and/or activities.
  6. For further provisions regarding limitations of the Carrier's liability, see also Sections 7 and 8, below.

 

6.Vessel and Voyage:

  1. Risk of Travel: The Guest admits and acknowledges that travel by ocean-going vessel occasionally presents risks and circumstances that may be beyond the ability of the Carrier to reasonably control or mitigate. The Guest's understanding includes all risks of travel, transportation, and handling of Guests and baggage. Except as provided in paragraph 6(f), the Guest therefore assumes the risk of and releases the Carrier from any injury, loss, or damage whatsoever arising from, caused by, or in the judgment of the Carrier or Master rendered necessary or advisable by reason of: any act of God or public enemies; force majeure; arrest; restraints of governments or their departments or under color of law; piracy; war; revolution; extortion; terrorist actions or threats; hijacking; bombing; threatened or actual rebellion, insurrection, or civil strife; fire, explosion, collision, stranding or grounding; weather conditions; docking or anchoring difficulty; congestion; perils of the sea, rivers, canals, locks or other waters; perils of navigation of any kind; lack of water or passageway in canals; theft; accident to or from machinery, boilers, or latent defects (even though existing at embarkation or commencement of voyages); barratry; desertion or revolt of the crew; seizure of ship by legal process; strike, lockout or labor disturbance (regardless whether such strike, lockout or labor disturbance results from a dispute between the Carrier and its employees or any other parties); or from losses of any kind beyond the Carrier's control. Under any such circumstances the voyage may be altered, shortened, lengthened, or cancelled in whole or part without liability to the Carrier for a refund or otherwise.
  2. Substitute Vessel: If the vessel does not sail on or about the advertised or scheduled date for any reason, including fault of the Carrier, the Guest agrees that the Carrier shall be entitled to substitute any other vessel or means of transportation, regardless of whether owned or operated by the Carrier, and to re-berth Guests thereon or, at the Carrier's option provide a substitute sailing at a later date, without further liability for damages or losses of any kind whatsoever.
  3. Itinerary Deviation: The Guest agrees that the Carrier has the sole discretion and liberty to direct the movements of the vessel, including the rights to: proceed without pilots and tow, and assist other vessels in all situations; deviate from the purchased voyage or the normal course for any purpose, including, without limitation, in the interest of Guests or of the vessel, or to save life or property; put in at any unscheduled or unadvertised port; cancel any scheduled call at any port for any reason and at any time before, during or after sailing of the vessel; omit, advance or delay landing at any scheduled or advertised port; return to port of embarkation or to any port previously visited if the Carrier deems it prudent to do so; substitute another vessel or port(s) of call without prior notice and without incurring any liability to the Guest on account thereof for any loss, damage or delay whatsoever, whether consequential or otherwise.
  4. Transfer: The Guest agrees that the Carrier has an absolute right to transfer the Guest and/or the Guest's baggage to other carriers, whether by water, rail or air, to or toward the ultimate destination. In the event such substituted passage is for the convenience of the Carrier, it shall be at the Carrier's cost. Otherwise, it shall be at the cost of the Guest.
  5. Compliance with Government Orders: The Carrier shall have the absolute right, without liability for compensation to the Guest of any kind, to comply with governmental orders, recommendations or directions, including but not limited to those pertaining to health, security, immigration, customs or safety. In the case of quarantine, the Guest agrees to bear all risks, losses and expenses caused thereby and will be charged for maintenance, payable day-by-day, if maintained on board the vessel for such period of quarantine. The Guest assumes all risks and losses occasioned by delay or detention howsoever arising. Costs connected with embarkation or debarkation of Guests and/or baggage and costs of transfer between vessel and shore as a result of the circumstances enumerated in this paragraph must be borne by the Guest.
  6. Mechanical Failures of the Vessel: In the event of cancellation or early termination of voyage due to mechanical failures of the vessel, the Guest will only be be entitled to transportation to the vessel’s scheduled port of disembarkation or the Guest’s home city, at Carrier’s discretion and expense, as well as lodging at the unscheduled port of disembarkation, if required, at Carrier’s expense.

7.Baggage and Valuables:

 

  1. The term "baggage" means suitcases, valises, satchels, bags, hangers or bundles and their contents consisting of clothing, clothing accessories, toilet articles, and similar personal effects, including all other personal property of the Guest not in a container. The Carrier does not undertake to carry as baggage any tools of trade, household goods, fragile or valuable items, precious metals, jewelry, documents, negotiable instruments, or other valuables, including but not limited to those specified in 46 U.S.C. § 30503. The Guest warrants that no such items will be presented to the Carrier within any receptacle or container as baggage, and hereby releases the Carrier from all liability whatsoever for loss of or damage to such items when presented to the Carrier in breach of this warranty. The Guest further warrants that he or she has not carried onto the vessel any goods or articles for purposes of trade or commerce, nor contraband, nor goods or articles which otherwise may violate the customs laws of the country from which the vessel embarks or of any other port State visited by the vessel during the course of the voyage, and the Guest agrees to indemnify the Carrier for any fines, duties, taxes, or other penalties that may be incurred as a result of any item brought on board by the Guest. The Carrier shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to any perishable items, dentures and/or other dental devices, optical devices (including contact lenses), medications, cameras, recreational and/or sporting equipment, jewelry, cell phones, clothing, electronic devices, cash, securities or other negotiable instruments under any circumstances whatsoever, whether carried within the Guest's baggage or otherwise.
  2. The Guest and Carrier agree and stipulate that the aggregate value of all the Guest's baggage and any other property lawfully brought on board by the Guest, which shall include but not be limited to photographic equipment, jewelry, watches, cell phones, clothing and cash, does not exceed U.S. $100.00 and any liability of the Carrier or the vessel for any cause whatsoever with respect to said baggage and other property regardless of whether carried in baggage or by a Guest shall not exceed such sum unless the Guest shall specify its true value, in writing, and pay to the Carrier before embarkation 5% of the excess of such value, in which case the Carrier's liability, if any, shall be limited to the actual damage sustained up to, but not exceeding such specified value. In no event shall Carrier be liable for normal wear or tear of the Guest's property or baggage. (c) The Guest agrees that all disclaimers and limitations of liability contained herein shall apply to all valuables stored or accepted for storage by the Carrier, including valuables stored with the Carrier in safety deposit boxes or security envelopes. The Carrier cannot accept responsibility for, and in no event shall be liable for, the loss of or damage to valuables or other articles left in cabins, and in no event shall the Carrier be liable for loss of or damage to property of any kind not shown by the Guest to have occurred while said property was in the Carrier's actual custody.
  3.  The Guest agrees to promptly report any loss of or damage to baggage during loading or disembarking, to the Carrier's personnel, prior to debarking the U.S. Customs area; the Carrier shall not be responsible for any such loss or damage which is not so reported. Liability, if any, for loss or damage to baggage occurring elsewhere than on board the vessel in connection with air, car, motor coach, ground transfers, porters, stevedores and/or hotels shall rest solely with the person or entity providing such services and the Guest agrees that the Carrier does not guarantee the performance of such services and shall not be liable in any respect or capacity for any such loss or damage. (e) The Guest will not be liable to pay nor entitled to receive any general average or salvage contribution or award in respect to property taken by the Guest onto the vessel.

8.Independent Contractors:

  1. Off-Vessel Transport and Activities: The Guest recognizes and agrees that, if and when the Carrier makes arrangements for the Guest for air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transfers, shore excursions, medical care and/or for other transportation, activities, services, facilities or amusements occurring off of the vessel, the Carrier does so solely for the convenience of the Guest, the Carrier does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such conveyances, services or facilities, and the same are provided by independent contractors who work directly for the Guest and Guest is subject to such terms, if any, appearing in the tickets, vouchers or notices of such party or parties. Therefore, the Guest agrees that the Carrier assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such person, party, contractor, service or facility, and that the Carrier shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such person, party, contractor, service or facility.
  2. Other Independent Contractors: The Guest recognizes that the persons providing other personal services offered on the vessel, including but not limited to, hairdressers, manicurists, personal trainers, and/or massage therapists are independent contractors who work directly for the Guest, and that the Carrier shall not be held liable for any loss or injury arising from the performance of such services.
  3. Payment for Optional Services: Such parties or persons described in sub-sections (a) and (b), above, shall be entitled to make a proper charge for any service performed for or on behalf of the Guest and the cost of such service shall be the sole responsibility of the Guest.
  4. For-Profit Entity: Notwithstanding that the Carrier, at the Guest's option, arranges air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transfers, shore excursions and other services with independent suppliers of such services, the Guest understands and agrees that the Carrier, being a "for profit entity", earns a fee on the sale of such optional services.
  5. Indemnity: Guest acknowledges and agrees that in the event the Carrier is found liable to pay damages to Guest based on the negligence or other wrongful conduct of any person or entity other than the Carrier, or is found liable to any other person or entity based on Guest’s conduct, whether by way of joint and several liability or otherwise, the Guest will indemnify and hold Carrier harmless for any and all such conduct and/or damages. This agreement to indemnify and hold the Carrier harmless shall specifically include, without limitation, all medical services provided on or off the vessel, as well as all shore excursions, transportation or other facilities or activities provided or furnished by any person or entity other than Carrier.

 

  1. Medical Services and Facilities: The Guest recognizes and agrees that the Carrier is not in the business of providing medical services and/or operating medical facilities. To the extent that the vessel provides a surgeon or physician, or if the vessel requests emergency or other medical care or evacuation for the Guest on the Guest's behalf (hereinafter, "Medical Services"), it is understood and agreed that the Carrier does so solely for the convenience of the Guest, that such Medical Services are provided by medical professionals who work directly for the Guest, and that the Carrier does not undertake to supervise, nor does it supervise or direct the actions of the person(s) providing such Medical Services. The Guest therefore agrees that the Carrier cannot guarantee the performance of such Medical Services, and that the Carrier shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising therefrom. Persons or entities providing Medical Services shall be entitled to make a proper charge for any service performed for or on behalf of the Guest, and the cost of such service shall be the sole responsibility of the Guest. The Guest hereby agrees to reimburse and indemnify the Carrier for any funds advanced on account of any such charges.

 

10.Limitations on Actions:

  1. Suits for Injury or Death: The Guest agrees that no suit, whether brought in rem or in personam, shall be maintained against the Carrier for emotional or physical injury, illness or death of Guest unless written notice of the claim, including a complete factual account of the basis of such claim, is delivered to the Carrier within 185 calendar days from the date of the incident giving rise to such injury, illness or death; and no suit shall be maintainable unless commenced within one (1) year from the day of the incident giving rise to such injury, illness or death, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary. All notices shall be sent to Southern Rock Cruise 19, LLC ATTN: Legal Department 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Suite 500 Fairfax, VA 22030.
  2. Other Suits: Any and all disputes, claims, or controversies whatsoever, other than for personal injury, illness or death of a Guest, whether brought in personam or in rem or based on contract, tort, statutory, constitutional or other legal rights, including but not limited to alleged violation of civil rights, discrimination, consumer or privacy laws, or for any losses, damages or expenses, relating to or in any way arising out of or connected with this Contract or Guest's cruise, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, between the Guest and Carrier, with the sole exception of claims brought and litigated in small claims court, shall be referred to and resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York 1958), 21 U.S.T. 2517, 330 U.N.T.S. 3, 1970 U.S.T. LEXIS 115, 9 U.S.C. §§ 202-208 ("the Convention") and the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1, et seq., ("FAA") solely in Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.A. to the exclusion of any other forum. Guest hereby consents to jurisdiction and waives any venue or other objection that may be available to any such arbitration proceeding in Miami-Dade, Florida. The arbitration shall be administered by National Arbitration and Mediation (“NAM”) under its Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures and the Fee Schedule in effect at the time of filing the dispute with NAM, which are deemed to be incorporated herein by reference. NAM can be contacted at 800-358-2550, attention Commercial Claims Dept., 990 Stewart Avenue, First Floor, Garden City, NY 11530, to respond to any questions regarding the arbitration process, as well as to request a copy of NAM’s current Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures and the Fee Schedule. NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL OR TO ENGAGE IN PRE-ARBITRATION DISCOVERY EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THE APPLICABLE ARBITRATION RULES AND HEREIN, OR OTHERWISE TO LITIGATE THE CLAIM IN ANY COURT (OTHER THAN SMALL CLAIMS COURT). THE ARBITRATOR'S DECISION WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING. OTHER RIGHTS THAT GUEST OR CARRIER WOULD HAVE IN COURT ALSO MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ARBITRATION. An award rendered by an arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction under the Convention or FAA. Carrier and Guest further agree to permit the taking of a deposition under oath of the Guest asserting the claim, or for whose benefit the claim is asserted, in any such arbitration. In the event this provision is deemed unenforceable by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction for any reason, then and only then the provisions of Section 14 below governing venue and jurisdiction shall exclusively apply to any lawsuit involving claims described in this Section. In any event, no claim described in this Section may be brought against Carrier unless written notice giving full particulars of the claim is delivered to the Carrier within thirty (30) days of termination of the Cruise and legal action on such claim is commenced within six (6) months from the date the claim arose, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary.
  3. Guest Waives Right to Class Action Relief: THIS CONTRACT PROVIDES FOR THE EXCLUSIVE RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES THROUGH INDIVIDUAL LEGAL ACTION ON GUEST'S OWN BEHALF INSTEAD OF THROUGH ANY CLASS ACTION. EVEN IF THE APPLICABLE LAW PROVIDES OTHERWISE, GUEST AGREES THAT ANY ARBITRATION OR LAWSUIT AGAINST CARRIER WHATSOEVER SHALL BE LITIGATED BY GUEST INDIVIDUALLY AND NOT AS A MEMBER OF ANY CLASS OR AS PART OF A CLASS ACTION, AND GUEST EXPRESSLY AGREES TO WAIVE ANY LAW ENTITLING GUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION. IF GUEST'S CLAIM IS SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION UNDER SECTION 10(b) ABOVE, THE ARBITRATOR SHALL HAVE NO  AUTHORITY TO ARBITRATE CLAIMS ON A CLASS ACTION BASIS. GUEST AGREES THAT THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE SEVERABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE ARBITRATION CLAUSE SET FORTH IN SECTION 10(b) ABOVE, AND IF FOR ANY REASON THIS CLASS ACTION WAIVER IS UNENFORCEABLE AS TO ANY PARTICULAR CLAIM, THEN AND ONLY THEN SUCH CLAIM SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION.
  1. Travel Documentation: Upon embarkation, the Guest shall have in his or her possession, and assumes all responsibility for obtaining, all visas, passports, certified birth certificates, travel and health documents required by any governmental authority, and if he or she fails to do so the Carrier shall have no further obligation to transport or to furnish transportation to the Guest. The Guest is advised to consult his or her travel agent or the appropriate governmental authority concerning required documentation for travel. The Guest shall indemnify the Carrier for all penalties, fines, charges, losses and expenses imposed upon or incurred by the Carrier due to the Guest's failure to have proper documentation or otherwise comply with applicable laws or regulations of any kind. Any stamps on tickets, customs, excise or other taxes or fines on the Guest or the Carrier resulting from the Guest's conduct, embarkation expenses, and all expenses of such a nature are to be paid by the Guest. If the Guest is denied boarding for failing to comply with the requirements of this paragraph, the Carrier shall not be liable to refund the Guest's fare or for any other damages or expenses whatsoever
  2. Use of Travel Agent: The Guest agrees that any travel agent utilized by the Guest in connection with the purchase of the cruise or issuance of this Contract, or for any related or incidental air or ground transportation or excursions, is solely the Guest's agent and the Guest shall remain liable to the carrier for the full applicable cruise fare. The Carrier shall not be responsible for any representations, insolvency or other conduct of a travel agent, including but not limited to such agent's failure to remit any portion of the cruise fare to the carrier, or any refund to the Guest. The Guest agrees that receipt of any refunds or notices by the Guest's travel agent, including this Contract, shall constitute receipt by the Guest.
  3. Severability: Except as provided in Section 10(c) above, should any provision of this Contract be deemed invalid for any reason, the Guest agrees that said provision is deemed to be severed from this Contract and shall be of no effect, but all remaining provisions herein shall remain in full force and effect.
  4. Venue and Governing Law: Except as otherwise specified herein, any and all disputes whatsoever arising out of or relating to this Contract or the Guest’s cruise, as well as the interpretation, applicability, and enforcement of this Contract shall be governed exclusively by the general maritime law of the United States, which shall include the Death on the High Seas Act (46 USCS § 30302) without regard to choice of law rules, which replaces, supersedes and preempts any provision of law of any state or nation to the contrary. It is hereby agreed that any and all claims, disputes or controversies whatsoever arising from, related to, or in connection with this Contract or the Guest's voyage, including any activities on or off the vessel or transportation furnished therewith, with the sole exception of claims subject to binding  arbitration under Section 10(b) above, shall be commenced, filed and litigated, if at all, before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida, U.S.A., or as to those lawsuits for which the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida lacks subject matter jurisdiction, before a court of competent jurisdiction in Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.A., to the exclusion of the Courts of any other country, state, city or county where suit might otherwise be brought.
  5. Use of Guest Likeness: The Guest consents to Carrier's use and display of the Guest's likeness in any video, photograph or other depiction for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without compensation or liability of any kind. The Guest's consent extends to minors and other persons in the care and charge of the Guest. Guest further agrees that any type of photograph or recording, in any audio or video format, of the Guest, other guests, crewmembers, independent contractors, concessionaires, guest entertainers or any other third party onboard any of Carrier’s vessels or depicting said vessels, their design,  equipment or any other feature or part of said vessels, shall not be used by Guest for any commercial purpose, or other financial gain, personal or otherwise, including but not limited to in any media format or broadcast, or for any other use without the express written consent of Carrier. Carrier is permitted to take any and all reasonable measures to protect Carrier and enforce this provision.
  6. Amendments: Carrier may from time to time, add, amend or revise the terms of this Contract without prior notice to Guest. All such changes shall be deemed accepted by Guest.