IMPORTANT NOTICE TO GUESTS: THIS DOCUMENT IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT ISSUED BY CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE TO, AND ACCEPTED BY, GUEST SUBJECT TO THE IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPEARING BELOW.
NOTICE: THE ATTENTION OF GUEST IS ESPECIALLY DIRECTED TO CLAUSES 1, 4, AND 11 THROUGH 14, WHICH CONTAIN IMPORTANT LIMITATIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF GUESTS TO ASSERT CLAIMS AGAINST CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE, THE VESSEL, THEIR AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES, AND OTHERS, INCLUDING FORUM SELECTION, CHOICE OF LAW, TIME LIMITATIONS FOR FILING SUIT, ARBITRATION, AND WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL FOR CERTAIN CLAIMS.
IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT – READ CAREFULLY
In consideration of the receipt of the full cruise fare and/or boarding and lodging on the vessel, Carnival Cruise Line (“Carnival”) and Guest agree that the booking of the cruise and the cruise are subject to the following terms and conditions:
1. DEFINITIONS AND SCOPE OF CONTRACT
(a) Whenever the word “Carnival” is used in this Contract it shall mean and include the Vessel, and all its owners, operators, employees, agents, charterers and water shuttles. The term “Guest” shall include the plural where appropriate, and means all persons or entities booking or purchasing passage and/or traveling under this Contract, including heirs, representatives and any accompanying minors. The masculine includes the feminine. “Guest” shall have the same meaning as “Passenger” in this Contract.
(b) “Cruise Fare” or “Fare” means the amount paid for the cruise which includes full board, ordinary ship’s food during the voyage, but not gratuities, spirits, wine, beer, soft drinks or mineral waters, shore excursions, salon and spa services, room service or dining in specialty restaurants, Carnival LIVE concerts, or any other incidental charge or expense. The cruise fare shall be deemed to be earned when paid and not refundable except as stated in Carnival’s brochure applicable to the voyage and as provided in Clauses 7 and 8, herein.
(c) Cruise Fare does not include Cruise Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses. "Cruise Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses" may include any and all fees, charges, tolls and taxes imposed on Carnival, by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, as well as third party fees and charges arising from a vessel's presence in a harbor or port. Cruise Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses may include U.S. Customs fees, head taxes, Panama Canal tolls, dockage fees, wharfage fees, inspection fees, pilotage, immigration and naturalization fees, and Internal Revenue Service fees, environmental fees, as well as fees associated with navigation, berthing, stevedoring, baggage handling/storage, and security services. Cruise Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses may be assessed per passenger, per berth, per ton or per vessel. Assessments calculated on a per ton or per vessel basis will be spread over the number of passengers on the Vessel. Cruise Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses are subject to change and Carnival reserves the right to collect any increases in effect at the time of sailing even if the fare has already been paid in full.
(d) Cruise Fare does not include fuel supplement charges, security surcharges, or similar incidental surcharges (“surcharges”); Carnival reserves the right to impose or pass any of these surcharges and no right of cancellation shall be implied. “Fuel supplement” shall mean any additional charge to defray a portion of Carnival’s fuel costs. The amount of fuel supplements and government fees and taxes collected are subject to change. Carnival reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement of up to $9.00 USD, or its equivalent in foreign currency, per person per day, without prior notice, in the event that the price of light sweet crude oil according to the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index) is greater than $70.00 USD per barrel of oil. Carnival may collect any fuel supplement in effect at the time of sailing, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full.
(e) This ticket is valid only for the person(s) named hereon as Guests and cannot be transferred or modified without Carnival’s written consent. The acceptance or use of this ticket by the person(s) named hereon as Guests shall be deemed acceptance and agreement by each of them to all of the terms and conditions of this cruise Contract.
(f) All rights, exemptions from liability, defenses and immunities of Carnival under this contract shall also inure to the benefit of Carnival’s facilities, whether at sea or ashore, servants, agents, managers, affiliated or related companies, suppliers, shipbuilders and manufacturers of component parts and independent contractors, including, but not limited to, shore excursion or tour operators, ship’s physician, ship’s nurse, retail shop personnel, health and beauty staff, fitness staff, video diary staff, and other concessionaires, who shall have no liability to the Guest, either in contract or in tort, which is greater than or different from that of Carnival.
(g) Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, this contract constitutes the entire agreement between Carnival and Guest and supersedes all other agreements, oral or written. Any alteration to any term of this contract must be in writing and authorized by Carnival. 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 PBOR controls. Guests purchasing Carnival LIVE concert tickets, spa services or shore excursions through Carnival are subject to the additional terms and conditions which are incorporated by reference. VIFP Members agree to the additional terms and conditions of VIFP membership which are incorporated by reference. Except as provided in Clause 13 below, should any provision of this contract be contrary to or invalid by virtue of the law of the jurisdiction in which this contract is sought to be enforced or be so held by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision(s) shall be deemed to be severed from the Contract and of no effect and all remaining provisions herein shall be in full force and effect and constitute the Contract of Carriage.
2. NATURE OF CRUISE, TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION, AND GUEST’S OBLIGATIONS
(a)The Guest admits a full understanding of the character of the Vessel and assumes all risks incident to travel and transportation and handling of Guests and cargo. While at sea or in port the availability of medical care may be limited or delayed. Guest acknowledges that all or part of their voyage may be in areas where medical care and evacuation may not be available. Guest agrees to indemnify and reimburse Carnival in the event Carnival elects to advance the cost of emergency medical care, including medical care provided ashore as well as transportation and/or lodging in connection therewith. Guests who embark in violation of the Ticket Contract terms assume all associated risks and agree to indemnify and reimburse Carnival for all resulting losses, costs and expenses, including without limitation those related to the Vessel's deviation from its scheduled route, and other expenses attributable to disembarkation of such Guests. Guests are further advised to refer to sections 5 and 10 below which specify their responsibilities and obligations in these situations.
(b) Carnival’s vessels visit numerous ports in a number of countries. Guests assume responsibility for their own safety and Carnival cannot guarantee Guest’s safety at any time. The United States Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governmental and tourist organizations regularly issue advisories and warnings to travelers and Carnival strongly recommends Guests obtain and consider such information when making travel decisions. Carnival assumes no responsibility for gathering said information. The Guest acknowledges that the cruise may be booked in a location that is susceptible to severe weather systems, including but not limited to, hurricanes, tropical storms and depressions, and that Carnival reserves the right to alter the ship’s course, ports of call, itinerary, activity and shore excursions to avoid such weather systems and insure the comfort and safety of the Guest and crew.
(c) Proper travel documentation and eligibility to travel is required at the embarkation and throughout the cruise. In addition to immigration and customs requirements, the U.S. government and others place restrictions on the carriage of Guests whose names appear on government watch lists or who are deemed legally ineligible to travel. It is the Guest’s sole responsibility to ensure his/her legal eligibility to travel and to bring and have available at all times all required travel documents. Guests are advised to check with their travel agent and with the appropriate government authority to determine the necessary documents and travel eligibility requirements for their particular cruise. Carnival may cancel the booking of any Guest who is or becomes ineligible to travel for any reason, or who is traveling without proper documentation. Any such Guest, or any Guest who fails to board the ship at embarkation, shall be ineligible to board the ship thereafter without Carnival’s consent, and shall not attempt to do so at the same or another port. Under these circumstances the Guest shall not be entitled to a refund or compensation of any kind. Guest is responsible for all related costs and fines, including without limitation travel expenses and for proper travel documentation for any port, or for departure from or arrival to the US. Under no circumstances shall Carnival be liable for any costs, damages or expenses whatsoever incurred by any Guest as a result of such failure, cancellation or denial of boarding. For sailings to Cuba, please also refer to Clause 2(h) below.
(d) Guest acknowledges receipt of Carnival’s applicable brochures and travel information and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions of not just this Contract, but also the information contained in Carnival’s brochures and website, including but not limited to the information contained in the “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Embarkation Information” sections.
(e) Guest acknowledges that, for a voyage commencing in a United States port for a round-trip voyage via one or more United States ports, Guest must complete the voyage and disembark at the embarkation port. Failure to do so may result in a fine or penalty being imposed by the United States Customs Service or other governmental agency. In consideration for the fare paid, Guest agrees to pay any such fine or penalty imposed because of Guest’s failure to complete the voyage.
(f) Carnival shall refuse boarding to any Guest under the age of twenty-one (21) unless: (1) the Guest is traveling in the same stateroom with an individual twenty-five years or older; (2) traveling in the same stateroom with their spouse; or (3) traveling with a parent or guardian in an accompanying stateroom. Adult Guests agree to be responsible at all times for the safety and behavior of their minor. Guests who are traveling with them and Guests agree to properly supervise and monitor all minors traveling with them. Proof of age and/or proof of marriage are required. Carnival shall not be liable to make any refunds or for any damages with respect to any Guest’s failure to provide proper proof of age or marriage or otherwise comply with this provision.
(g) Guests must attend the mandatory safety briefing at the commencement of the cruise and any subsequent briefing ordered by the ship's officer during the cruise. Guests shall comply with all onboard health, environmental and safety policies and procedures, and shall familiarize themselves with the nature and character of the ship, as well as, all emergency exits, to assist with safe evacuation in the event of an emergency.
(h) Cruises to Cuba: Notwithstanding anything contained in the Contract to the contrary, the following terms and conditions apply for any cruise that includes Cuba as a port of call:
(1) All Guests must comply with all applicable requirements of U.S. law and regulations and all of Carnival’s instructions with respect to visiting Cuba, including the specific limitations, restrictions and conditions on activities applicable to Guests traveling to Cuba, regardless of their nationality. This may include completing an affidavit certifying the Guest’s reason for traveling to Cuba.
(2) Carnival may offer Guests the ability to purchase certain Cuban travel visas, provided that this does not in any way limit or waive a Guest’s obligations under Clause 2(c) above.
3. YOUR TRAVEL AGENT
Any travel agent or sales agent utilized by the Guest in connection with the booking of the cruise, or this contract is solely the agent of the Guest and not Carnival. Carnival is not responsible for the financial condition or integrity of any travel agent utilized by Guest. In the event that an agent shall fail to remit to Carnival any monies paid to the agent by Guest, Guest shall be and remain liable for the fare due to Carnival, regardless of whether liability is asserted before or after embarkation. Issuance and validity of ticket contract is conditional upon final payment being received by Carnival prior to sailing. Any refund made by Carnival to an agent on behalf of Guest shall be deemed payment to Guest, regardless whether the monies are delivered by the agent to Guest. Receipt of this ticket contract, any other documentation or notification pertaining to the cruise by Guest’s travel agent shall constitute receipt by Guest.
4. BAGGAGE, PERSONAL PROPERTY, PROHIBITED ITEMS, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
(a) Each fully paid adult Guest will be allowed a reasonable amount of luggage on board containing their personal belongings. Luggage means only trunks, valises, satchels, bags, hangers and bundles with their contents consisting of only such wearing apparel, toilet articles and similar personal effects as are necessary and appropriate for the purpose of the journey. Carnival reserves the right to inspect all luggage for the safety and security of the vessel and deny any such luggage it deems unreasonable or unsafe.
(b) No tools of trade, household goods, presents and/or property of others, jewelry, money, cameras, documents, valuables of any description including but not limited to such articles as are described in Title 46 of the United States Code section 30503 shall be carried except under and subject to the terms of a special written contract or Bill of Lading entered into with Carnival prior to embarkation upon application of the Guest. The Guest warrants that no such articles are contained in any receptacle or container presented by him as baggage hereunder, and if any such articles are shipped in the Guest’s baggage in breach of this warranty, no liability for negligence, gross or ordinary, shall attach to Carnival for any loss or damage thereto.
(c) Carnival shall not be liable for: (1) Guest’s failure to comply with the requirements set forth in Clauses 4(a) and 4(b); (2) any loss or damage before baggage comes into Carnival’s actual custody on board or after baggage leaves Carnival’s actual custody on board, including, but not limited to, loss or damage by airlines or other transportation services; (3) any loss or damage of baggage while not in the actual possession, custody and control of Carnival; (4) damage due to wear, tear or normal usage; (5) any loss or damage of perishable items, medicine, liquor, cash, securities or other financial instruments, or (6) any loss or damage while in the custody and control of stevedores.
(d) It is stipulated and agreed that the aggregate value of Guest’s property, does not exceed $50 USD per Guest or bag with a maximum value of $100 USD per stateroom regardless of the number of occupants or bags and any liability of Carnival for any cause whatsoever with respect to said property shall not exceed such sum, unless the Guest shall in writing, delivered to Carnival, prior to embarkation, declare the true value thereof and pay to Carnival prior to embarkation a sum equal to 5% of the excess of such value. If Carnival shall be held liable for the loss of or damage to Guest’s baggage or property it is agreed that such liability shall not exceed the lesser of: (1) the actual cash value, or (2) value declared in the manner above provided (up to U.S. $100 USD if no such declaration has been made). Declared value amounts to be proportionately reduced in any case where less than all of Guest’s baggage or property is lost, delayed or rendered unusable due to damage. In no event shall Carnival be liable to pay any compensation if the nature or value of the property has been misrepresented.
(e) No Guest is permitted, to bring on board the vessel live animals (other than qualified service animals, with not less than 14 days advance notice given to Carnival). Guest will be solely responsible for any and all damage and/or loss caused by service animals.
(f) Weapons, firearms, contraband, ammunition, explosives, incendiary devices, or other dangerous items are strictly prohibited aboard the vessel. Carnival reserves the right to confiscate, destroy and/or turn over to authorities these or any other items it deems in its sole discretion to be detrimental to the safety or comfort of any person or which are otherwise improperly in the possession of any Guest. Each Guest warrants that no such articles are contained in any receptacle or container carried or presented as baggage. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited except as provided for in Clause 8(f). Marijuana and all illegal controlled substances are strictly prohibited and may not be brought on board any Carnival vessel. All Guests agree Carnival has, at all times with or without notice, the right to search Guest’s cabin and baggage and/or personal effects for any of these prohibited items, at any location, to ensure compliance with these restrictions. Any Guest who refuses any such search or screening, or any Guest traveling with such items and/or attempting to board the vessel with any such items, may be denied boarding or disembarked and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. The Guest will be solely responsible for any and all damage and/or loss caused by his violation of this policy.
5. FITNESS TO TRAVEL, SPECIAL NEEDS, PREGNANCY, INFANTS, AND DISEMBARKATION
(a) The Guest warrants that he and those traveling with him are physically and emotionally fit to travel at the time of embarkation, and further warrants that such Guests have no medical or emotional condition that would endanger any Guest or crewmembers or result in a deviation of the voyage. Guests are encouraged to contact their treating physician to discuss their health concerns, including pregnancy, before traveling. (see Clause 5(b) below for pregnancy restrictions). Any Guest with special medical, physical or other needs requiring medical attention or special accommodation during the voyage is requested to notify Carnival in writing at the time of booking of such special need. Upon booking the cruise, Guests who have special needs are requested to contact Carnival's Guest Access Desk (305-599-2600 ext. 70025) to discuss the details of their special needs. Carnival recommends that any Guest who is not self-sufficient travel with a companion who shall take responsibility for any assistance needed during the voyage.
(b) Carnival and the Master each reserves the right to refuse boarding or passage, disembark, or confine to a stateroom any Guest who violates the terms of this ticket contract or Carnival's policies, or any Guest whose physical or mental condition or behavior would be considered, in the sole opinion of the Captain in consultation with the ship's physician, a risk to any Guest or crew member. Guest understands and acknowledges that in addition to the limitations on medical care described in Clause 2(a), prenatal and early infant care, in particular, may require specialized diagnostic facilities and/or treatment that are not available or obtainable during the cruise on board the ship and/or ashore in ports of call. Therefore, any Guest that is unfit to travel, and any Guest who will at any time during the cruise enter her the 24th week of estimated gestational age, agrees not to book a cruise or board the ship. Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail, however children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on the following itineraries: Transoceanic voyages and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea day. Carnival and the Master reserve the right to disembark any unfit Guest or any Guest whose behavior affects the comfort, enjoyment, safety or wellbeing of other Guests or crew members. Guests disembarked in such circumstances shall be liable as set forth in Paragraphs 2, 8 and 10. Carnival reserves the right to debark, deny boarding, or cancel the reservation without refund, compensation, or payment of any Guest who is unfit to travel and/or who will be in excess of their 23rd week of gestation at time of sailing, except as set forth in Carnival's cancellation policy described in Clause 6 below, based on the timing of such cancellation.
6. CANCELLATION BY GUEST, REFUNDS
Reservations will be held until 30 minutes prior to departure. No refunds will be made in the event of “no shows”, unused tickets, lost tickets, interruptions, partially used tickets, cancellations received late or after the start of the cruise, or for Pack & Go program purchases. Carnival strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent. Cancellation charges for individual bookings will be assessed as listed below. For cancellation charges related to group bookings, partial ship charters or full ship charters refer to your charter contract or group booking agreement for terms and conditions.
|Days Prior to |
|Cancellation Charge (Per Guest)|
|2,3,4 & 5 day cruises (excluding all Alaska, Europe, Transatlantic, and Panama Canal cruises; and all cruises purchased under the Pack & Go fare):||Up to 61 days||None (except Pack & Go, Early Saver* and Super Saver fares**)|
|60 to 46 days||Deposit|
|45 to 30 days||Deposit or 50% of Total Fare, whichever is greater|
|29 to 15 days||Deposit or 75% of Total Fare, whichever is greater|
|14 days or less||100% of Total Fare|
|6-8 day cruises (excluding all Alaska, Europe, Transatlantic, and Panama Canal cruises; and all cruises purchased under the Pack & Go fare):||Up to 76 days||None (except Pack & Go, Early Saver* and Super Saver fares**)|
|75 to 56 days||Deposit|
|55 to 30 days||Deposit or 50% of Total Fare, whichever is greater|
|29 to 15 days||Deposit or 75% of Total Fare, whichever is greater|
|14 days or less||100% of Total Fare|
|9 day or longer cruises, as well as all Alaska, Europe, Transatlantic, and Panama Canal cruises):||Up to 91 days||None (except Pack & Go, Early Saver* and Super Saver fares**)|
|90 to 56 days||Deposit|
|55 to 30 days||Deposit or 50% of Total Fare, whichever is greater|
|29 to 15 days||Deposit or 75% of Total Fare, whichever is greater|
|14 days or less||100% of Total Fare|
|All cruises purchased under the Pack & Go fare||Any time after booking||100% of Total Fare|
Total Fare is defined as Cruise Fare, Transfer Services, Pre/Post Cruise Vacation Packages and Air Supplements (excluding Restricted Air which is non-refundable any time after booking).
*Early Saver: The deposit is non-refundable. All cancellations that occur prior to final payment due date will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable future cruise credit, redeemable for US dollars bookings, in the amount of the deposit less a $50 pp service fee. The future cruise credit must be used on a sailing within 24 months from the date of cancellation and can only be applied to your cruise fare. Any unused portion will be forfeited.
**Super Saver: The deposit is non-refundable.
7. CARNIVAL’S RIGHT TO INCREASE FARES, INCREASE OR ESTABLISH CHARGES FOR GOODS AND SERVICES, CANCEL OR CHANGE VOYAGE, AND CHANGE STATEROOM ASSIGNMENTS AND TO PERFORM CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIRS
(a) Carnival reserves the right to increase published fares and air fare supplements without prior notice. However, fully paid or deposited Guests will be protected, except for fares listed, quoted, advertised or booked in error, fuel supplements, government taxes, other surcharges and changes to deposit, payment and cancellation terms/conditions, which are subject to change without notice. In the event that a cruise fare listed, quoted or advertised through any website, Carnival sales person, travel agent or any other source is booked but is incorrect due to an electronic error, typographical error, human error or any other error causing the fare to be listed, quoted or advertised for an amount not intended by Carnival, Carnival reserves the right to correct the erroneous fare by requesting the Guest to pay the correct fare intended, or by canceling the cruise in exchange for a full refund, but in no event shall Carnival be obligated to honor any such booking resulting from the error or otherwise be liable in such circumstances.
(b) Carnival reserves the right to offer promotional cruise fares that require a minimum occupancy requirement per cabin. When the booked cruise fare is contingent on a minimum occupancy requirement per cabin, cancellation by one or more Guests in a cabin may cause an adjustment to the remaining Guests booked cruise fare based on the prevailing and available rate at the time of the cancellation (“recalculated fare”). Final payment in full of the recalculated fares for all remaining Guests in a cabin is due by 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the eve before the start of the cancellation penalty period. Failure to make timely final payment in full of the recalculated fares by all remaining Guests in a cabin will result in automatic cancellation of the reservation for the entire cabin.
(c) Carnival has the right without previous notice to cancel this contract at the port of embarkation or any time during the voyage and shall thereupon return to the Guest, if the Contract is completely canceled, his Cruise Fare, or, if the Contract is partially canceled, a proportionate part thereof. Under such circumstances, Carnival shall have no further liability for damages or compensation of any kind. In the event a voyage is terminated early due to mechanical failure of the Vessel, Guest is also entitled to transportation to the Vessel’s scheduled port of disembarkation or Guest’s home city, at Carnival’s discretion and expense, as well as necessary lodging at the unscheduled port of disembarkation, if required, at Carnival’s expense.
(d) Carnival may change the duration and/or itinerary of the cruise at any time. The Vessel shall be entitled to leave and enter ports with or without pilots or tugs, to tow and assist other vessels in any circumstances, to return to or enter any port at the Master's discretion and for any purpose, and to deviate in any direction or for any purpose from the direct or usual course, and to omit or change any or all port calls, arrival or departure times, with or without notice, for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to safety, security, adverse weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, strikes, tides, hostilities, civil unrest, port closings, emergency debarkations of Guests or crew, late air, sea, car or motor coach departures or arrivals, mechanical breakdowns, US or foreign governmental advisories or travel warnings, all such deviations being considered as forming part of and included in the proposed voyage. Except as provided in Clause 7(c) with regard to early termination of a voyage, Carnival shall have no liability for any compensation or other damages in such circumstances for any change in itinerary, ports of call, ports of embarkation and debarkation, and/or or duration of the cruise, other than as provided by Carnival's change of itinerary policy at the time Guest or his agent acknowledges receipt and acceptance of the terms and conditions of the cruise ticket contract. Carnival’s change of itinerary policy can be found at on Carnival's Website or at Carnival's FAQ page.
(e) Except as provided in Clause 7(c), if the performance of the proposed voyage is hindered or prevented (or in the opinion of Carnival or the Master is likely to be hindered or prevented) by war, hostilities, blockage, ice, labor conflicts, adverse weather conditions, strikes on board or ashore, restraint of Princes, Rulers or People, seizure under legal process, breakdown of the Vessel, congestion, docking difficulties or any other cause whatsoever or if Carnival or the Master considers that for any reason whatsoever, proceeding to, attempting to enter, or entering or remaining at the port of Guest's destination may expose the Vessel to risk or loss or damage or be likely to delay her, the Guest and his baggage may be landed at the port of embarkation or at any port or place at which the Vessel may call, at which time the responsibility of Carnival shall cease and this contract shall be deemed to have been fully performed, or if the Guest has not embarked, Carnival may cancel the proposed voyage without liability to refund passage money or fares paid in advance.
(f) Carnival and the Master shall have liberty to comply with any orders, recommendations or directions whatsoever given by the Government or Department of any nation or by any person acting or purporting to act with the authority of such Government or Department or by any Committee or person having under the terms of the War Risks Insurance on the Vessel the right to give such orders, recommendations or directions, and if by reason of, and in compliance with any such orders, recommendations or directions anything is done or is not done the same shall not be deemed a deviation or a breach of this contract. Disembarkation of any Guest or discharge of baggage in accordance with such orders, recommendations or directions shall constitute due and proper fulfillment of the obligation of Carnival under this Contract.
(g) Specific stateroom assignments are not guaranteed. Carnival reserves the right to move Guests to a comparable stateroom for any reason, including but not limited to, instances in which a stateroom is booked with fewer than the maximum number of Guests the stateroom can accommodate; or when a partial Guest cancellation occurs and the remaining number of Guests do not match the maximum number of Guests the stateroom can accommodate.
(h) Guest hereby agrees and acknowledges that Carnival's "Great Vacation Guarantee" does not apply to itinerary deviations due to safety, weather, emergency debarkations or other force majeure, operational or governmental reasons beyond Carnival's control.
(i) Guest agrees and acknowledges that Carnival may, at any time, and without notice, impose charges for, increase charges for and/or eliminate goods and services, other than what is included in your Cruise Fare, without liability to the Guest. These additional charges are exclusive of your Cruise Fare. The goods and services offered or available during the cruise, may differ from goods and services previously offered or available on prior cruises and/or what was advertised on Carnival’s website (Carnival.com), commercials, in brochures, in other printed media, and/or in prior verbal discussions.
(j) Carnival reserves the right to periodically perform repairs to the Vessel and/or perform construction on the vessel to alter, amend or remove any appurtenance, amenity or facility on the Vessel. Guest acknowledges that such repairs, alterations, amendments or removal of any appurtenance may occur during the cruise and agrees that Carnival shall not be liable to Guest for a refund, of any portion of the Cruise Fare, full, partial or otherwise, nor shall Guest have any legal or equitable cause of action relating thereto.
8. COMPLIANCE WITH RULES, SOLICITATION, SMOKING, DRINKING, ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, SEARCHES, AND BEVERAGE POLICY
(a) Guest agrees during the course of the voyage to follow the directions of the ship’s Master, or his authorized officer. Guest further agrees not to solicit anyone on the vessel for any commercial, professional, illegal or illicit purposes. Guest agrees that any violation of this Clause may subject Guest to disembarkation with no refund to the Guest.
(b) Guest acknowledges that smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Guest agrees to refrain from smoking in non-designated areas and agrees that Carnival has the right to assess a $500 charge, per violation, and to disembark the Guest for failure to observe Carnival's Tobacco and Marijuana Smoking Policy ("Smoking Policy") with no refund to the Guest.
(c) Any and all forms of smoking, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaporizers, and electronic cigarettes are strictly prohibited on board Carnival's vessels except in specific designated exterior deck areas and designated casino/night club spaces. All staterooms and suite accommodations, including the outside balconies, are NON-SMOKING. In accordance with Carnival's Smoking Policy any marijuana possession or use is strictly prohibited on all Carnival ships at all times, regardless of local, state, or other laws which might permit use or possession of marijuana. Carnival abides by U.S. Federal Law which prohibits the possession or use of marijuana on its ships for any reason. Any Guest who brings marijuana or any illegal controlled substances on board, in violation of Carnival's policy or U.S. or international law, including any law of a port or the flag state, will be reported to local and/or Federal authorities and U.S. Customs & Border Protection for possible detainment and/or enforcement action. Carnival may deny boarding or disembark any Guest who brings or attempts to bring marijuana or any illegal substance on board with no refund to Guest and at Guest’s own expense for repatriation and travel. Guest agrees to strictly comply with Carnival's Smoking Policy. Guest further agrees that any violation of Carnival's Smoking Policy would also cause Carnival to incur damages, including but not limited to, loss of Guest goodwill, revenue, cleaning, maintenance, fines and/or other costs. Any evidence of smoking in a stateroom or balcony, e.g.; smoke smell/residue, butts, ashes, upholstery/furniture burns, tampering of the smoke alarm, will constitute a violation of Carnival's Smoking Policy. Guests who violate our Smoking Policy will be assessed a $500 charge, per violation, on the Guest's Sail & Sign account, and may also result in the disembarkation of all Guests in the stateroom. Such Guests will be solely responsible for all resulting financial penalties and expenses to return home, and no refund of their unused cruise fare will be provided. Guest further acknowledges and agrees that any violation of this policy shall, in the sole discretion of Carnival, constitute a material breach of this cruise contract. In the event of such breach, Guest forfeits all rights hereunder, including the right to remain on board. Carnival reserves the right to disembark Guest(s), at any port, as determined by Carnival. Carnival shall not be liable for any refund or other compensation or damages whatsoever to any Guest disembarked pursuant to this provision, or who disembarks because another Guest is so disembarked, and all such Guests forfeit all rights under Carnival's "Vacation Guarantee." Such Guests may also be prohibited from sailing with Carnival in the future.
(d) Guest agrees, in all ports of call, to return to the Vessel not less than 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Guest further acknowledges that shipboard and shore side clocks may have different times, but it is Guest’s responsibility to return to the vessel so as not to miss vessel’s departure. Any costs associated with transporting Guest to rejoin the vessel including, but not limited to, governmental fees, visa fees, subsistence, lodging, air fare, launch fare, car hire or agency fees shall be for the account of Guest.
(e) Carnival has a "zero tolerance" policy toward any illegal activity or behavior by Guests or crew aboard. Guest agrees to comply with this policy and further acknowledges that it is Carnival's policy to report incidents of illegal activity or behavior to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Carnival Cruise Line will cooperate with relevant authorities in any civil or criminal proceedings sought by those agencies. For the safety of the vessel and of other guests and crew, Carnival reserves the right to confine any Guest who commits a crime on board until law enforcement authorities can be contacted and/or board the vessel.
(f) Beverage Policy: For safety reasons, Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception: At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, Guests (21 years of age and older) may carry on in their hand luggage, one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person. A $15 corkage fee (a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of wine served that was not bought on the premises), per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should Guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in a main dining room, steakhouse or bar. Guests are also prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages on board that are packaged in bottles. A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought on board on embarkation day, only if carried on in Guests’ hand luggage (not in checked luggage). A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person. Any hard liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic beverage, and non-alcoholic beverages, outside of the exceptions referenced above, are strictly prohibited (in both carry-on and checked luggage) and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the vessel’s gift shops or at a port of call will be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage. Carnival reserves the right to refuse to serve alcohol to any passenger. Guest acknowledges that the minimum age permitted for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages aboard Carnival’s vessels is twenty-one (21). Guest agrees to supervise all persons under age twenty-one (21) under Guest’s charge to insure that they do not violate this, or any other, shipboard regulation. Guests who attempt to purchase alcohol by using false identification or the Sail & Sign card of a Guest who is twenty-one or older will be deemed in violation of this policy. Any Guest twenty-one or older who attempts to or purchases alcohol for any Guest under twenty-one will also be deemed in violation of this policy. Guest agrees that Carnival has the right to disembark any Guest who violates this policy and as well as any adults traveling with minors who violate this policy or any other shipboard regulation.
(g) Compliance with APHIS regulations: To protect U.S. agriculture and natural resources from the introduction and spread of foreign plant and animal pests and diseases please be advised that agricultural products including seeds, soil, live insects, food such as fresh fruit, vegetables and animal products including meat, milk, and eggs must not be brought back to the United States. This food includes meals that were offered during the cruise but were not consumed. If you have in your possession any meals or food, including any fresh fruit, vegetables and animal products such as meat sandwiches, milk, eggs from the ship, you must leave them behind or deposit them in the amnesty bin/food collection bin at the exit during disembarkation. These items are prohibited entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Violations of these prohibitions may result in penalties and fines to the Guest.
(h) Tampering with Life Saving Devices: Guest agrees to not tamper with or discard over board any life saving device such as, but not limited to; life rings and life jackets, unless in an emergency or instructed to do so by the ship's master. Tampering with life-saving devices may result in a fine to the Guest.
(i) Guest agrees not to engage in any lewd, lascivious, indecent, obscene, offensive, or outrageous behavior while on board and specifically agrees that violation of this policy may result in confinement or debarkation from the vessel with no refund to the Guest and at Guest’s own expense for repatriation and travel.
9. PERSONAL DATA; VIDEO SURVEILLANCE; RIGHT TO SEARCH OR INSPECT; PRIVACY NOTICE AND PUBLIC WIRELESS SERVICES
(a) Carnival may utilize closed circuit television or other surveillance means onboard the vessel.
(b) Calls made to Carnival, and calls received from Carnival, may be recorded for the purposes of audit, training and the monitoring of services provided by Carnival.
(c) Guest agrees Carnival has, at all times with or without notice, the right to enter and search Guest's stateroom, personal safe or storage spaces, or to search or screen any Guest, and/or personal effects, at any location, to ensure compliance with any of the restrictions set forth in this agreement. Any Guest who refuses any such search or screening may be denied boarding or disembarked and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued.
(d) The personal data Guest provides to Carnival, or which is obtained through Guest's dealings with Carnival or with its affiliates, will be processed in accordance with Carnival privacy notice, which describes how personal data may be processed, and which is available on the Carnival website. Carnival may from time to time change its privacy notice; you can find the up-to-date privacy notice on the Privacy Notice page or by writing to the address given below. Guests may provide personal data to Carnival that may include names, postal or email addresses, date of birth, passport information, financial account, telephone numbers, likenesses, photographs or other information which would identify Guests personally. Guests may also provide Carnival or others certain sensitive data such as health, medical, dietary, religious, gender or sexual orientation information. Guest agrees that Carnival may (1) keep their personal and sensitive data, (2) use it in its business worldwide in accordance with its published privacy notice , (3) share it with its affiliated or related companies and (4) subject it to processing worldwide provided Carnival's safeguards are used. Guest agrees that any personal or sensitive data provided to Carnival in the European Economic Area may be used, processed and transferred worldwide including to the U.S.
(e) Guest agrees that Carnival may disclose personal or sensitive data to unaffiliated third parties (1) with the Guest's consent or authorization, (2) to help complete a transaction for the Guest, (3) to comply with law, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, orders or legal process, (4) to enforce this or other agreements or protect the rights, safety or property of Carnival or others, (5) as part of a purchase, sale, or transfer of assets or our business, (6) to Carnival's agents or service providers to perform functions on its behalf, or (7) as otherwise described in Carnival's published privacy notice, as amended from time to time.
(f) Carnival may, but will not be required to, make wireless access to the Internet or access to wireless telephone services ("Wireless Services") available to Guests on board either directly or through a third party service provider. All Guests agree that use of Wireless Services is at their own risk and that Carnival shall not be liable to Guests in any manner for claims, losses or damages resulting therefrom. Guests' use of Wireless Services onboard is public; privacy of any information sent or received is not guaranteed. Personal data may be available to third-party service providers and Carnival is not liable under any circumstances for any lack of privacy while using Wireless Services. Guest agrees that Carnival has the right, but not the obligation to monitor, record, intercept and disclose any transmissions over or using Wireless Services aboard the vessel, and to provide billing, account, or use records, and related information relating to all Wireless Services as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion (for example, in response to lawful process, orders, subpoenas, or warrants, or to protect Carnival's rights, passengers or property). All Guests agree that their use of Wireless Services is governed by Carnival's Terms and Conditions of Wireless Services [contained in your Folio or available on connection to the internet in addition to] and any terms and conditions imposed by a third-party Wireless Services provider.
(g) Carnival may use facial recognition technology on all photos taken by Carnival during Guest's voyage as well as those photos Guest uploads to Carnival's mobile app. When Guest downloads Carnival's mobile app, Guest will be asked for consent to have himself/herself identified using facial recognition technology, so that Guest can locate pictures that onboard photographers and other Guests have taken during Guest's voyage. If Guest consents, Carnival will match these other photos to Guest's name and SPMS Guest ID. If Guest does not consent to be identified via facial recognition technology, others' photos will not be connected to Guest's name or SPMS Guest ID. Carnival will delete all un-identified photos within thirty (30) days after the end of each voyage or earlier upon request. Any photos that have been identified and linked to Guest's SPMS Guest ID will be retained for thirty (30) days after the end of the voyage or deleted earlier upon request. Carnival does not share facial recognition records with any third parties outside of the Carnival Corporation & plc group of companies. For more information about facial recognition technology, please email Carnival at [email protected].
10. GUEST’S REIMBURSEMENT FOR FINES, EXPENSES, DEBTS AND DAMAGES
(a)The Guest shall be liable to and shall reimburse Carnival or the Master for any fines or penalties imposed on Carnival by any government, governmental agency or official, port or port official, or for expenses or losses caused or incurred for Guest's failure to observe or comply with local requirements in respect of immigration, border patrol, customs and excise, agriculture, health, environment or any other government regulation whatsoever, and the Guest shall be liable for any and all losses and fines caused by their actions in regards to illegal dumping or pollution of any kind, including discharge of any item into the ocean and/or waterways. For Guests who embark the vessel in violation of the ticket contract terms, any/all resulting damages, losses, costs, expenses, credits, refunds and related claims, including without limitation those related to a deviation of the vessel to disembark such Guests shall be the sole responsibility of the Guest.
(b) The Guest or Guest's estate shall be liable to and shall reimburse Carnival for all deviation expenses (including loss of revenue), damages to the Vessel, its furnishings, operations or equipment, or any property of Carnival caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any misconduct, willful or negligent act or omission on the part of the Guest or any minors traveling with the Guest, including discharge and release of any unauthorized item overboard, without the express permission of the ship's staff. The Guest or Guest's estate shall defend and indemnify Carnival and the Vessel, their servants and agents against liability which Carnival or the Vessel or such servants or agents may incur towards any person, company or Government for any damage to property, personal injury or death caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any misconduct, willful or negligent act or omission on the part of the Guest or minors traveling with Guest.
(c) Carnival and the Vessel shall have a lien upon all baggage, money and other property whatsoever accompanying the Guest and the right to sell the same by public auction or otherwise for all sums whatsoever due from the Guest under this Contract and for the costs and expenses of enforcing such lien and such sale.
11. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, SHORE EXCURSIONS AND OTHER SERVICES
(a) Guest acknowledges that all Shore excursions/tours (whether conducted in the water, on land or by air), airline flights and ground transportation, as well as the ship’s physician, and on board concessions (including but not limited to, the gift shops, spa, beauty salon, fitness center, golf and art programs, video/snorkel concession) are either operated by or are independent contractors. Even though Carnival shall be entitled to collect a fee and earn a profit from the ticketing or sale of such services by such persons or entities, Carnival neither supervises nor controls their actions, nor makes any representation either expressed or implied as to their suitability. Carnival, in arranging for the services called for by the physician or nurse, all on board concessions, all shore excursion/tour tickets, all pre and post cruise airline flights or other transportation off of the ship and its water shuttles, does so only as a convenience for the Guest and Guests are free to use or not use these services. Guest agrees that Carnival assumes no responsibility, does not guarantee performance and in no event shall be liable for any negligent or intentional acts or omissions, loss, damage, injury or delay to Guest and/or Guest’s baggage, property or effects in connection with said services. Guests use the services of all independent contractors at the Guest’s sole risk. Independent contractors are entitled to make a proper charge for any service performed with respect to a Guest.
(b) Guest acknowledges that the ship’s masseuse, barber, hair dresser, manicurist, fitness or golf instructor, videographer, art auctioneer, gift shop personnel, wedding planners or other providers of personal services are employees of independent contractors and Carnival is not responsible for their actions. Guest further acknowledges that although independent contractors or their employees may use signage or clothing which contains the name “Carnival” or other related trade names or logos, the independent contractor status remains unchanged. Independent contractors, their employees and assistants are not agents, servants or employees of Carnival and have no authority to act on behalf of Carnival.
(c) Although Carnival may have contracts, concessionaire agreements, and/or independent contractor agreements with the above mentioned service providers and contractors. Guest hereby acknowledges and agrees that Guests are not intended third-party beneficiaries of any such contracts and Guests have no right to assert themselves as third party beneficiaries of such contracts or agreements.
12. LIMITATIONS OF CARNIVAL’S LIABILITY
(a) In consideration for the fare paid, it is agreed that Carnival shall not be held vicariously liable for the intentional or negligent acts of any persons not employed by Carnival nor for any intentional or negligent acts of Carnival’s employees committed while off duty or outside the course and scope of their employment.
(b) In consideration for the fare paid, it is agreed that Carnival shall have no liability as a consequence of Guest's use of ship's athletic or recreational equipment or as a consequence of Guest's decision to participate in any athletic or recreational activity or event.
(c) 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, Carnival 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 passengers 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), Carnival’s liability is limited to no more than 400,000 Special Drawing Rights (“SDR”) (approximately U.S. $608,000, which fluctuates depending on the daily exchange rate as published in the Wall Street Journal) if the passenger proves that the incident was a result of Carnival’s fault or neglect. If the loss or damage was caused by a shipping incident, Carnival’s liability is limited to no more than 250,000 SDRs (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 unless Carnival proves that the shipping incident occurred without Carnival’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, Carnival’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 passenger or 340 million SDRs per ship per incident. Punitive damages are not recoverable for cruises covered by EU Regulation 392/2009. For more information on the EU Regulation 392/2009, please see the Official Journal of the European Union EU Regulation 392/2009 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 and EU Regulation 1177/2010, please visit Carnival's EU Regulation 392/2009 PDF and EU Regulation 1177/2010 PDF.
(d) Carnival shall not be liable to the passenger for damages for emotional distress, mental suffering/anguish or psychological injury of any kind under any circumstances, except when such damages were caused by the negligence of Carnival and resulted from the same passenger sustaining actual physical injury, or having been at risk of actual physical injury, or when such damages are held to be intentionally inflicted by Carnival.
(e) In addition to all the restrictions and exemptions from liability provided in this Contract, including under Clause 12(c) for cruises that embark or disembark in a port of a European Member State, on all cruises Carnival shall also have the benefit of all statutes of the United States of America providing for limitation and exoneration from liability and the procedures provide thereby, including but not limited Title 46 of the United States Code sections 30501 through 30509, and 30511. Nothing in this Contract is intended to nor shall it operate to limit or deprive Carnival or any such statutory limitation of or exoneration from liability under any applicable laws.
13. JURISDICTION, VENUE, ARBITRATION, TIME LIMITS FOR CLAIMS AND GOVERNING LAW
(a) Carnival shall not be liable for any claims whatsoever for personal injury, illness or death of the Guest, unless full particulars in writing are given to Carnival within 185 days after the date of the injury, event, illness or death giving rise to the claim. Suit to recover on any such claim shall not be maintainable unless filed within one year after the date of the injury, event, illness or death, and unless served on Carnival within 120 days after filing. Guest expressly waives all other potentially applicable state or federal limitations periods.
(b) Carnival shall not be liable for any claims whatsoever, other than for personal injury, illness or death of the Guest, unless full particulars in writing are given to Carnival within 30 days after the Guest is landed from the Vessel or in the case the Voyage is abandoned, within 30 days thereafter. Legal proceedings to recover on any claim whatsoever other than for personal injury, illness or death shall not be maintainable unless commenced within six months after the date Guest is landed from the Vessel or in the case the Voyage is abandoned, within six months thereafter, and unless served upon Carnival within 120 days after commencement. Guest expressly waives all other potentially applicable state or federal limitation periods for claims which include, but are not limited to, allegations concerning any and all civil rights, the ADA, trade practices and/or advertising.
(c) Except as provided in Clause 13 (d) below, it is agreed by and between the Guest and Carnival that all disputes and matters whatsoever arising under, in connection with or incident to this Contract or the Guest’s cruise, including travel to and from the vessel, shall be litigated, if at all, before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, or as to those lawsuits to which the Federal Courts of the United States lack subject matter jurisdiction, before a court located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.A. to the exclusion of the Courts of any other county, state or country.
(d) 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, the booking of the cruise, including but not limited to the booking of Carnival Vacation Protection products, shore excursions, and land and hotel packages, or Guest’s cruise, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, between the Guest and Carnival, 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 initiating the proceeding with NAM, which are deemed to be incorporated herein by reference. If you have a question about the arbitration process or to obtain a current copy of the Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures and/or fee schedule, you can contact them at: National Arbitration and Mediation, attention Claims Department, 990 Stewart Street, First Floor, Garden City, NY 11530, telephone number (800) 358-2550.
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 CARNIVAL 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. Carnival 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 Clause 13 (c) above governing venue and jurisdiction shall exclusively apply to any lawsuit involving claims described in this Clause.
(e) Except as expressly provided in Clause 12 (c), any and all disputes whatsoever arising out of or relating to this Contract or Guest’s Cruise as well as the interpretation, applicability and enforcement of this Contract shall be governed exclusively by the general federal maritime law of the United States, without regard to choice of law rules, which replaces, supersedes and preempts any provision of law of any other state or nation, however, the terms of this Contract do not displace non-excludable consumer laws applicable in jurisdictions outside the United States.
14. CLASS ACTION WAIVER
THIS CONTRACT PROVIDES FOR THE EXCLUSIVE RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES THROUGH INDIVIDUAL LEGAL ACTION AND SUPERSEDES ANY LAW ENTITLING GUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION. THIS CLASS ACTION WAIVER PRECLUDES GUEST FROM PARTICIPATING IN OR BEING REPRESENTED IN ANY CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION REGARDING ANY CLAIM BROUGHT UNDER THIS TICKET CONTRACT OR IN CONNECTION WITH GUEST'S CRUISE. EVEN IF 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 AUTHORITY TO ARBITRATE CLAIMS ON A CLASS ACTION BASIS. IF GUEST'S CLAIM IS SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION UNDER CLAUSE 13(d) ABOVE, THE GUEST FURTHER AGREES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE CLASS ACTION WAIVER IS MATERIAL AND ESSENTIAL TO THE ARBITRATION OF ANY DISPUTES BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IS NON-SEVERABLE FROM THE AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE CLAIMS. THE VALIDITY AND EFFECT OF THIS CLASS ACTION WAIVER MAY BE DETERMINED ONLY BY A JUDGE OR COURT OF LAW AND NOT BY AN ARBITRATOR. GUEST AGREES THAT THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE SEVERABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE ARBITRATION CLAUSE SET FORTH IN SECTION 13 (d) 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. Guest agrees that Carnival can receive immediate judicial assistance to enforce this class action waiver.
15. CARNIVAL’S USE OF GUEST’S LIKENESS
Each Guest grants Carnival and/or its promotional partners the exclusive right to include photographic, video and other visual portrayals of Guest in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose including without limitation trade, advertising, sales, publicity or otherwise, without compensation to Guest, and all rights, title and interest therein (including all worldwide copyrights therein) shall be Carnival’s sole property, free from any claims by Guest or any person deriving any rights or interest from Guest. Each Guest understands and agrees that professional onboard photographers may photograph Guest, and that those photos may be processed, displayed and sold to Guests and others.
16. GUEST’S USE OF PHOTOS, VIDEOS OR RECORDINGS PROHIBITED
Guest hereby expressly agrees that he/she will not utilize any tape recording, video, or photograph(s) of himself/herself, any other Guest, crew, or third party on board the vessel, or depicting the vessel, its design, equipment, or any part thereof whatsoever, for any commercial purpose or in any media broadcast, or for any other non-private use, without the express written consent of Carnival. For the privacy of our guests and crew, Guest expressly agrees not to record or video interactions with other guests or crew without their express permission, and Guest further agrees that any use of video, photographic or recording equipment, including cell phones, in the medical center is expressly prohibited. Guest acknowledges that by boarding the vessel, at any time, Guest irrevocably agrees to this provision, which is a condition precedent to being permitted on board the vessel and can be enforced by any legal means, including, but not limited to, injunctive relief.
17. GUEST’S OBLIGATIONS FOR EXPENSES OR IF CONFINED, DENIED BOARDING OR DISEMBARKED
(a) Guest agrees if Carnival incurs any expense or sustains any damage as delineated in but not limited to Clauses 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 and this Clause, that Carnival may charge Guest's on-board charge account for any expense incurred or damage sustained.
(b) If Guest is denied boarding, confined to a stateroom or disembarked from the vessel pursuant to any provision of this contract, including but not limited to Clauses 2, 4, 5, 8, and 10, Guest agrees:
i. Carnival will not be liable for any refund of Cruise Fare, other compensation or any damages;
ii. All rights under Carnival's Vacation Guarantee are forfeited. This forfeiture also applies to any Guest who disembarks because another Guest is disembarked;
iii. Disembarkation and repatriation to the embarkation port or any other destination will be at Guest's sole expense; and,
iv. To indemnify Carnival and that Carnival may charge Guest's on-board charge account for any and all expenses incurred by Carnival in relation to Guest's disembarkation and/or repatriation.
IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR NON CRUISE PORTIONS OF VACATION PACKAGES PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
18. Please see above for the applicable terms and conditions for the cruise portion of Guests vacations. For avoidance of doubt, and unless specifically contradicted in Clauses 18 through 28, the above terms and conditions, including the terms and conditions in Clauses 11 through 14, which contain important limitations on the rights of guests to assert claims against carnival cruise line, the vessel, their agents and employees, and others, including forum selection, choice of law, time limitations for filing suit, arbitration, and waiver of jury trial for certain claims, cover Carrier’s Carnival Vacation Protection products, shore excursions, and land and hotel packages. The terms and conditions in this paragraph apply only to Carnival's responsibilities for non-cruise portions of vacation packages. Other terms and conditions with respect to air travel, hotel and other non-cruise activities may be applied by the entities providing those services.
19. The payment of the required deposit or any partial or full payment for reservation of a land package before or after the cruise shall constitute acceptance and consent to all of the terms and conditions of this Contract and the General Information and Vacation Package Conditions and Restrictions contained in the brochure for such vacation package and/or the brochures and circulars of the suppliers. These provisions are hereby incorporated by reference in this Contract and vacation package Guests (hereinafter referred to as Guests) are advised to take note of them.
20. For purposes of this paragraph “CARNIVAL” refers to Carnival Cruise Line, its affiliates, subsidiary companies, agents, servants, and employees. CARNIVAL is the principle tour operator and its responsibility to Guests is limited to the arrangement of all tours and accommodations offered in these vacation packages. CARNIVAL shall not be responsible for personal injuries, death, or property damage, economic loss, inconvenience or delay, consequential damages, or change of itinerary or accommodations incurred by any person or Guest which may occur due to acts or omissions or tortious conduct on the part of any direct or supplemental air carrier, hotel or other suppliers of arrangements and services or other independent contractors, their employees, agents or others not under the direct control of CARNIVAL.
21. CARNIVAL reserves the right to decline to accept or to reject any person as a Guest, at any time, or to cancel a vacation package due to circumstances beyond the control of CARNIVAL.
22. CARNIVAL reserves the right to substitute hotels for other hotels in a similar category, to substitute air carriers, and to change schedules without prior notice should circumstances so require.
23. If a change in the itinerary is needed due to factors or conditions beyond CARNIVAL'S control, no refund or credit will be made, however, CARNIVAL will make an effort to provide accommodations and services of a comparable quality and standard as set forth in the brochure. Any such change shall not modify the cancellation provisions in the brochure. No credit will be allowed or refund given for any services provided in the brochure should any such services not be utilized by Participants.
24. CARNIVAL makes no representations or warranties, implied or otherwise, in regard to the reliability of suppliers or independent contractors, nor does it assume a duty of safety or responsibility for the independent acts of suppliers, independent contractors, their employees or agents.
25. Vacation packages are non-transferable. Fares shall be deemed to be earned when paid and non-refundable unless otherwise expressly stated in the cancellation provisions in the brochure.
26. CARNIVAL shall not be liable for any claims whatsoever other than for personal injury, illness or death, of the Guest unless full particulars thereof in writing are given to CARNIVAL within 30 days after the Guest shall complete the packages, or in the case that the tour is abandoned, within 30 days thereafter. Suit to recover any claim shall not be maintainable in any event unless commenced within six months after the date of the loss.
27. CARNIVAL shall not be liable for any claims whatsoever for personal injury, or illness or death of the Guest unless full particulars in writing are given to Carnival within 185 days after the date of the injury, event, illness or death giving rise to the claim. Suit to recover on any such claim shall not be maintainable unless filed within one year after the date of the injury, event, illness or death, and unless served on Carnival within 120 days after filing.
28. It is agreed by Guest and CARNIVAL that all disputes between Guest and CARNIVAL arising under or in connection with a vacation package shall be litigated, if at all, in and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.A., to the exclusion of the courts of any other state or county.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CARNIVAL’S AIR PROGRAMS
29. Arrangements by CARNIVAL: If you are participating in our FLY2FUN program, or FLY2FUN and Tour package, Carnival will arrange for air transportation from the select home cities offered to an airport near the departure point of your Cruise or Cruise tour and return air transportation from an airport near the termination point of your Cruise or Cruise tour to the home city from which you departed. Please refer to Carnival’s web page for additional information on our FLY2FUN program and destinations. Carnival reserves the right to add or withdraw an air city at any time, but will attempt to accommodate those Guests under deposit or final payment. Air bookings are not guaranteed and are subject to air carrier’s availability and restrictions. Guest who purchased the FLY2FUN program will be responsible for securing their own hotel accommodations and will be responsible for hotel, taxes, porterage and transportation between the hotel and the airport/pier.
30. Schedule Changes/Air Delays: Carnival strives to accommodate each Guest on flights that will ensure timely arrival and boarding of your ship. In the event that the Guest is precluded from a timely arrival to the port of embarkation, as a result of weather conditions or other flight delays, Carnival, at its own expense, will make the flight, transportation, and lodging arrangements necessary to coordinate for the Guest’s successful boarding at ship’s next port of call. Carnival reserves the right to change or alter, without notice, flight arrangements in order to meet our ship departure and/or arrival times. Guest will be notified of flight re-accommodations. If tickets have already been issued, Carnival will adjust your itinerary or air carrier accordingly and will notify Guests of any price adjustments that may be necessary. If you choose to cancel your flight arrangements or alter your airline schedule in any way once your tickets have been issued you will be responsible for any additional cost or fees resulting from the cancellation or change, which can total up to the full cost of the ticket. If you request Carnival’s assistance with a change in airline arrangements, within 60 days of departure and you purchased FLY2FUN Flexible Fare program, a service fee of $200 USD, or its equivalent in foreign currency, will be levied in addition to any charges imposed by the airlines. If you purchased the FLY2FUN Restricted Fare program and you chose to make a change, all airline imposed change fees will be levied regardless of when the change is made. If your flights are delayed, refer to the Fly2Fun page.
31. Refunds/Seat Assignments/Special Services/Fares/Lost Tickets/Baggage Charges: Failure to use your FLY2FUN airline ticket/s results in a waiver of its value and any compensation; unused airline tickets are only refundable to Carnival. Please note that because of changing airline tariffs, your actual air ticket may reflect fares higher or lower than the air add-on or cruise only credit amounts originally quoted. If so, the difference is neither chargeable nor refundable to you; you will be charged the amount originally quoted. Carnival reserves the right to pass on to the Guest any cancellation or change penalties, which may total up to the amount originally quoted. It is your sole responsibility to re-confirm flight arrangements, within 48 hours of flight departure. Please note that although Carnival Cruise Line can pass requests for seat assignments, special meals and special assistance to the airlines, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be honored. For the best travel experience, we recommend that Guests or their travel agents contact the airlines directly to confirm these requests. Carnival is not responsible for airline schedule changes. Guests are responsible for luggage fees, excess luggage charges as well as any other charges imposed by airlines or airports. For additional information on airline’s baggage charges and fees please refer to the Airline Baggage FAQs page, reference against the Travel Information page you received along with your cabin confirmation or the Travel Information page in your cruise document accessed through Manage My Cruise. If a paper ticket is issued instead of an E-ticket, the original paper ticket must be returned to Carnival; any outstanding refund will be held pending the receipt of the paper tickets.
32. Liability and Relationship with Airlines: If Carnival is unable to arrange for air transportation for any cause beyond Carnival’s control, such as airline capacity controls, air transportation arranged is no longer available, or otherwise fails to materialize, Carnival’s sole liability will be limited to refunding the air add-on paid or cruise only credit. Carnival acts as an independent travel agent, and it is not affiliated with the airline carriers. Carnival books air as a convenience for the Guests. Carnival assumes no liability for any of the airlines’ acts or omissions, including, without limitation, those involving cancellation of flights, schedule changes, re-routings, damage to or delay or loss of baggage, flight delays, equipment failures, accidents, pilot or other staff shortages, overbooking or clerical/system errors. Your rights against the airlines are controlled and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the airline’s ticket and tariffs, and any and all applicable laws and regulations.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CARNIVAL EASY PAY OPTION
33. This offer applies only to qualifying cruises where the "Carnival Easy Pay" option is available on the cruise detail page.
34. This offer is not transferable and may not be combined with other offers.
35. To be eligible for this offer, Guest must reside in the United States of America and must have a valid credit card associated with their Carnival.com account. Please note that this program is not available to Guests using a debit card, PayPal, or ACH from a bank account (e.g., checking or savings account) to make payments. This offer may not be available to every guest and may not be available for all qualifying cruises. In determining eligibility for this offer, Carnival reserves the right to consider, for each transaction, factors including Guest’s payment history and the nature and price of the cruise being reserved. Carnival will not use a credit report to determine eligibility for this offer.
36. Carnival reserves the right to cancel this offer at any time.
37. Guest will be charged the full price of the applicable deposit in one initial payment and subsequent monthly payments (if the full price is not evenly divisible, Guest’s final payment amount may be smaller). No interest or finance charges apply to this offer. Any interest, finance charges or fees assessed by the issuer of the payment method to which payments are charged may still apply. Taxes (other than Cruise Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses) may apply in certain jurisdictions. Any applicable taxes will be due and assessed in full as part of Guest’s initial payment when the booking is completed.
38. Guest authorizes Carnival to charge each payment to the credit card associated with Guest’s Carnival.com account that was used to make the initial payment or, if Carnival is unable to complete a charge using such credit card, to any other credit card Guest has on file in Guest’s Carnival.com account. Guest agrees to maintain in their Carnival.com account at least one valid credit card that expires no earlier than 20 days after the last payment due date.
39. Guest may prepay the full remaining balance of their purchase at any time, but may not prepay a portion of the remaining balance.
40. If Carnival is not able to charge any payment to a credit card on file in Guest’s Carnival.com account, Carnival reserves the right to pursue any remedy available, including the right to cancel Guest’s reservation, as well as all remaining Guests in the same cabin. Guest agrees that Carnival and its affiliates have no liability related to the exercise of these remedies.
There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our guests. Comprehensive, fleet-wide security practices have been in place for many years, which include the reporting of alleged crimes to the FBI. However, as a result of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010, statistics for cruise ship crime allegations will now be posted on the internet for public viewing. Public reporting requirements, mandated by this law, are unique to the cruise industry and similar requirements do not exist for other travel suppliers such as airlines, hotels and theme parks.
The statistics, cited within the U.S. Coast Guard's web site, represent crime allegations in different categories occurring on cruise ships sailing from North America, which must be reported in accordance to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010.
It is worth noting that these alleged incidents are no longer under investigation by the FBI and may have been reported without sufficient evidence. Additionally, it is most important to put these statistics within proper context so that everyone can understand that the incidence of crime on board is very small given the large number of guests we carry.
With 23 of our 24 ships currently sailing from US ports, we carry more guests in North America than any other line.
This year, more than four million guests will sail with Carnival, so the number of alleged incidents is a small fraction of those carried. The likelihood of having an incident occur on board one of our ships is therefore remote.
A Carnival cruise remains one of the safest vacation options available.
CRUISE CANCELLATION AND ITINERARY CHANGE POLICY
If a cruise is cancelled, guests will have the option to receive either a cash refund or a future cruise credit.
ITINERARY CHANGE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE:
If Carnival has adequate notice prior to sailing that a vessel will deviate from the published itinerary it will promptly – upon making the itinerary change -- notify guests of the change through their travel agents or directly, in the case of a direct guest booking.
If the itinerary change is for reasons within Carnival’s exclusive control, guests will have the opportunity to cancel their booking without penalty prior to sailing and within 24 hours of the guest notification, and in such an instance, guests will have the option to receive either a cash refund or a future cruise credit. In the event a guest does not cancel the cruise on a timely basis, no refund of any kind will be available.
Due to the nature of a cruise vacation, itinerary changes sometimes become necessary for safety, weather or other reasons beyond the control of Carnival. If the itinerary change is for reasons beyond Carnival’s exclusive control, including but not limited to safety, security, weather, strikes, tides, hostilities, civil unrest, port closings, emergency debarkations of guests or crew, late air, sea, car or motor coach departures or arrivals, mechanical breakdowns or problems not known to Carnival, itinerary changes consistent with U.S. State Department travel warnings / advisories or other applicable US or foreign governmental advisories, guests will not be provided any compensation. Guests electing to cancel will be subject to the standard cancellation terms.
ITINERARY CHANGE AFTER DEPARTURE:
In the event an itinerary change becomes necessary while the ship is at sea or when notice prior to sailing is not feasible, Carnival and/or the Master will attempt to substitute an alternative port. Carnival and/or the Master may, in their discretion and for any purpose, deviate in any direction or for any purpose from the direct or usual course, and omit or change any or all ports of calls, arrival or departure times, with or without notice, for any reason whatsoever, all such deviations being considered as forming part of and included in the proposed voyage. Carnival shall have no liability for any refund or other damages in such circumstances.
REFUND OF TAXES, FEES AND PORT EXPENSES:
If a port is cancelled from the scheduled itinerary, a refund of the taxes, fees and port expenses for the cancelled port will be provided via a shipboard credit.
THIRD PARTY COSTS RESULTING FROM CRUISE CANCELLATIONS OR ITINERARY CHANGES:
Carnival shall not be liable to guests for any charges, fees or expenses paid or owed to third parties by guests (such as air travel booked by a guest directly with an airline) in connection with a cancelled cruise or an itinerary change for any reason.
Nothing herein shall affect the guest's ability to exercise the Vacation Guarantee on sailings where it applies.
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