We at Uniworld want to do everything we can to make sure your trip
is enjoyable and worry-free. As part of that commitment, we are
including the following information about your trip. Please read these
pages carefully, as payment of a deposit represents an acceptance of
the Uniworld Terms and Conditions.
Prices: Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a stateroom or hotel room and are in US Dollars. Cruise prices are based on costs, charges, tariffs, rates, taxes, levies and exchange rates as of February 15, 2011. Should the total cruise price increase by more than 10%, passengers will have the right to cancel their cruise within seven (7) days of notification of the surcharge without penalty. No surcharges in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment for the deposit of your cruise is received. This does not apply to fuel surcharges and any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.
Reservations and Payments: A deposit of at least $200 per person is required at time of reservation. Payment in full for the airfare booked in conjunction with a Uniworld Cruise or Cruise-Tour is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of full air payment your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. This will be regardless of any future price fluctuations. Final payment is due at least ninety (90) days prior to departure. Reservations will be canceled if final payment is not received in a timely manner.
Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; wine or liquor, unless indicated; meals not detailed in the itinerary; gratuities; and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.
Cancellation Policy: We hope nothing will come between you and your Uniworld vacation. Should you need to cancel your booking or any portion of it, your cancellation must be received in writing. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person and based upon the date of cancellation, are as shown in the box to the right.
Received Before Tour Start Date Cancellation Charges Per Person
90 days or more $200 nonrefundable deposit
89 – 60 days 35% of the fare**
59 – 30 days 50% of the fare**
Less than 30 days 100% of the fare**
No Show 100% of the fare**
Revision Fee: A fee of $30 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any passenger name change; cruise date change or itinerary change made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. A passenger name change, cruise date change or itinerary change within 90 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation subject to our cancellation policy and a new reservation must be made. Cancellation fees (as shown above) will apply. Any revision to a booking may result in the loss of a confirmed airline reservation or increased airfare, which will be payable by the passenger.Gratuities: It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sights you see. While they are customary, gratuities, including the customary end-of-trip gratuity for the tour manager, cruise manager and crew, are not included in the price of your trip. The amount of the gratuity is entirely subject to your satisfaction with your travel experience.
Documents: Uniworld will send you a document packet 21 to 30 days before departure provided that Uniworld receives your completed Passenger Information Form and your booking is paid in full. Please be advised there will be a $10 shipping/handling fee per booking added to your invoice for documents shipped via standard delivery service. For expedited two-day delivery service, a $20 shipping and handling fee per booking will apply.Passport/Visa: A valid passport is required to travel on all Uniworld programs. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months after the scheduled return date of the trip. You should check with your travel agent or the US Consulate Service for information regarding necessary documentation. Non-US citizens must contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements pertaining to your trip. Any visa(s) or other documentation required for a particular itinerary is the sole responsibility of the guest. As a courtesy, our website, uniworld.com, in the “Before You Go” section, offers a link to a visa service company where you can obtain additional information. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Uniworld will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any passenger, or for any delays, damages and/or losses, including missed portions of your trip, related to improper travel documentation.
Making Your Own Flight Arrangements: Should you elect to make your own flight arrangements, Uniworld will provide complimentary scheduled group transfers to/from the ship/hotel as long as your flights arrive/depart in the cruise/tour starting/ending cities in accordance with the dates shown in this brochure and your flight arrangements comply with the Transfer Guidelines as shown below. If your flight arrangements arrive/depart outside of these parameters, you must make your own transfer arrangements. Uniworld will not be responsible for late arrivals or missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, for missed cruise/trip days, or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing. To qualify for transfers, it is required that flight information and pre-trip arrangements for all passengers making their own flight arrangements be given to Uniworld no later than forty-five (45) days prior to departure and conform to the Transfer Guidelines in the box to the right.
Flights must arrive/depart within the following time limits:
5 am – 5 pm
6 am – 8 pm
6 am – 6 pm
5 am – 6 pm
*For European Jewels (Amsterdam to Budapest), Paris & Normandy (Paris to Paris), Grand European Discovery (Basel to Vienna), and Rhine Discovery (Basel to Nuremberg) the arrival guidelines are 5 am – 2:30 pm.
** For Castles along the Rhine (Amsterdam to Basel) the arrival guidelines are 5 am – 1:30 pm.
Transfers in Paris are provided from/to CDG only.
*** In Moscow, transfers can be provided from either SVO or DME.
**** In Turkey, transfers only provided to/from Istanbul (IST).
• Passengers are required to advise the Company, in advance, of any physical, medical, or other special needs that require accommodation.
• All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Company may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. The Company may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety.
• The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature.
• The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received.
Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain,
extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps
and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by
wheelchair. During the tour, the Company may make arrangements
with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide
travel services. These parties are independent entities over which
the Company has no control. Accommodations on international tours
may differ from those in the United States. The Company cannot
guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers
traveling on international tours. The Company may, in its sole
discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any
passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the
Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible
for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a
tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related
entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions.
Young Travelers: Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is 21 years of age or older. While we will accept children 4 years of age and older as Guests, it is our longterm experience that most children do not enjoy or appreciate the river cruise experience. There are no special arrangements, activities, medical facilities, or accommodations (unless noted) for children on Uniworld cruise/tour programs. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their behavior onboard and ashore.
Smoking Policy: For the comfort of all our Guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches.
Diets: Please advise the Uniworld reservation agent of specific dietary considerations and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Pets: Pets are not permitted on Uniworld trips.
Responsibility and Waiver: The responsibility of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. (“Uniworld”) is strictly limited. Uniworld promotes and sells tour programs consisting of certain travel services on the cruise ships (“Vessels”) or other modes of transport (“Transport”). Uniworld does not own or operate any of the Vessels/Transport. The owners, operators and charterers (“Suppliers”) of the Vessels/Transport are independent of Uniworld. Uniworld makes no representations or warranties concerning the Suppliers or the Vessels/Transport. We assume no liability for any acts or omissions of any Supplier including, without limitation, those involving cancellation of tours/cruises, schedule changes, reroutings, delays, damage to or loss of baggage, property damage, equipment failures, accidents, death or injuries to persons regardless of cause, whether or not services are tendered or transportation provided is arranged through Uniworld. Accordingly, you will not have any right to claim or recover against Uniworld as a consequence of any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any Suppliers or the condition or operation of any Vessel/Transport. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the liabilities and obligations of the Suppliers to you and your rights against the Suppliers, are subject to any and all terms and conditions of the Suppliers’ contract of carriage and any and all governmental/ jurisdictional laws and regulations bearing upon or otherwise relating to such rights, liabilities and obligations, including, without limitation, choice of law, jurisdiction of disputes, limitations of liability and limitations on the time to file claims. By utilizing the travel services of the Suppliers, you agree that you will look to such Suppliers for any accident, death, injury, property damage, or personal loss to you or to those traveling with you, and that neither Uniworld nor any representative of Uniworld shall have any liability whatsoever.
California Seller of Travel Law: Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. is a registered seller of travel in the State of California, CST #2075415- 20, and is a participant in the Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute an approval by the State of California. A complete explanation of your rights under the California Seller of Travel Law can be found at uniworld.com.
Omissions: Uniworld is not responsible for omissions, printing and/ or presentation errors in brochures, on Internet sites, or in any other media where such information may be presented; we reserve the right to make corrections as required.
Agreement: The payment of a deposit and/or the issuance of tickets or vouchers shall be deemed your consent to the terms and conditions as presented herein. It is specifically agreed that this agreement is entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and in the event any legal or equitable action is initiated concerning the interpretation, enforcement, or breach of any term, obligation, or duty as contained or related to these Terms and Conditions, the exclusive venue for such action shall be solely in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Van Nuys District. This agreement shall be construed in accordance with California law without regard to conflicts of law principles.
Time of Printing: The Terms and Conditions listed are those in effect at the time of printing and remain in effect until replaced. These Terms and Conditions replace all previous versions.
Your Passenger Ticket Contract
Transportation aboard the ship is provided solely by the Suppliers (ship owners and charterers) pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract that you will receive prior to embarkation. A copy of the Passenger Ticket Contract will be provided with your final documentation or earlier upon request or can be viewed on our website at uniworld.com. Please note the Passenger Ticket Contract includes a clause specifying the courts of Basel, Switzerland as the exclusive forum for resolving disputes. The Passenger Ticket Contract is governed by the law of Switzerland and is subject to limitations of liability and time limits for making claims under the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974 (“Athens Convention”) and the International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 (“1976 Convention”).
The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program: Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with other affiliates of The Travel Corporation who, as an Active Member of the USTOA is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. customers in the unlikely event of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by email to email@example.com or by visiting their website at USTOA.com.
FINANCIAL PROTECTION US $20 MILLION YOUR PIECE OF MIND GUARANTEE
The traveling public has always been concerned about the protection of their advanced bookings. As part of Uniworld’s commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with Uniworld, TravCorp Financial Services Limited has provided a letter of credit to Uniworld of USD $20 Million in respect of all customers traveling with Uniworld.