Last Revised March 17, 2016
AGREEMENT BETWEEN CUSTOMER AND EXPEDIACRUISESHIPCENTERS
Welcome to the cruiseshipcenters.com website (the "Website"). This Website is provided solely to assist customers in gathering travel information, determining the availability of travel-related goods and services, making legitimate reservations or otherwise transacting business with travel suppliers, and for no other purposes. The terms "we", "us", "our," ”ExpediaCruiseShipCenters,” and “ECSC” refer to CruiseShipCenters International Inc. and its subsidiaries and corporate affiliates (collectively the “ECSC Companies”.) The term "you" refers to the customer visiting the Website and/or booking a reservation through us on this Website, or through our travel consultants.
USE OF THE WEBSITE
As a condition of your use of this Website, you warrant that:
1. you are at least 18 years of age;
2. you possess the legal authority to create a binding legal obligation;
4. you will only use this Website to make legitimate reservations for you or for another person for whom you are legally authorized to act;
6. all information supplied by you on this Website is true, accurate, current and complete; and
7. if you have an ECSC account, you will safeguard your account information and will supervise and be completely responsible for any use of your account by you and anyone other than you.
ECSC is committed to customer satisfaction, so if you have a problem or dispute, we will try to resolve your concerns. But if we are unsuccessful, you may pursue claims as explained in this section.
Arbitrations will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules, including the AAA Consumer Rules. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA's rules, except as provided in this section. If your total Claims seek less than $10,000, we will reimburse you for filing fees you pay to the AAA and will pay arbitrator’s fees. You may choose to have an arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in the state where you live or at another mutually agreed location.
To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your Claims to “Expedia Legal: Arbitration Claim Manager,” at Expedia, Inc., 333 108th Ave N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004. If we request arbitration against you, we will give you notice at the email address or street address you have provided. The AAA’s rules and filing instructions are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879.
Any and all proceedings to resolve Claims will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a Claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration we each waive any right to a jury trial. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to this agreement. An arbitration decision may be confirmed by any court with competent jurisdiction.
The content and information on this Website (including, but not limited to, price and availability of travel services), as well as the infrastructure used to provide such content and information, is proprietary to us or our suppliers and providers. While you may make limited copies of your travel itinerary (and related documents) for travel or service reservations booked through this Website, you agree not to otherwise modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell or re-sell any information, software, products, or services obtained from or through this Website. Additionally, you agree not to:
1. use this Website or its contents for any commercial purpose;
2. make any speculative, false, or fraudulent reservation or any reservation in anticipation of demand;
3. access, monitor or copy any content or information of this Website using any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means or any manual process for any purpose without our express written permission;
4. violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion headers on this Website or bypass or circumvent other measures employed to prevent or limit access to this Website;
5. take any action that imposes, or may impose, in our discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
6. deep—link to any portion of this Website (including, without limitation, the purchase path for any travel services) for any purpose without our express written permission; or
7. "frame", "mirror" or otherwise incorporate any part of this Website into any other website without our prior written authorization.
If your booking or account shows signs of fraud, abuse or suspicious activity, ECSC may cancel any travel or service reservations associated with your name, email address or account, and close any associated ECSC accounts. If you have conducted any fraudulent activity, ECSC reserves the right to take any necessary legal action and you may be liable for monetary losses to ECSC, including litigation costs and damages. To contest the cancellation of a booking or freezing or closure of an account, please contact ECSC Customer Service.
SUPPLIER RULES AND RESTRICTIONS
Additional terms and conditions will apply to your reservation and purchase of travel-related goods and services that you select. Please read these additional terms and conditions carefully. You agree to abide by the terms and conditions of purchase imposed by any supplier with whom you elect to deal, including, but not limited to, payment of all amounts when due and compliance with the supplier's rules and restrictions regarding availability and use of fares, products, or services.
We reserve the right to cancel your booking if full payment is not received in a timely fashion.
Some hotel suppliers may require you to present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover additional expenses during your stay. Such deposit is unrelated to any payment received by ECSC for your hotel booking with the supplier.
ECSC is not liable for any costs incurred due to relocation.
You acknowledge that some third-party providers offering certain services and/or activities may require you to sign their liability waiver prior to participating in the service and/or activity they offer. You understand that any violation of any such supplier's rules and restrictions may result in cancellation of your reservation(s), in your being denied access to the applicable travel product or services, in your forfeiting any monies paid for such reservation(s), and/or in our debiting your account for any costs we incur as a result of such violation.
REVIEWS, COMMENTS, PHOTOS AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS
You are fully responsible for the content of your Submissions, (specifically including, but not limited to, reviews posted to this Website). You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Website: (i) any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or other material or content that would violate rights of publicity and/or privacy or that would violate any law; (ii) any commercial material or content (including, but not limited to, solicitation of funds, advertising, or marketing of any good or services); and (iii) any material or content that infringes, misappropriates or violates any copyright, trademark, patent right or other proprietary right of any third party. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any violation of the foregoing restrictions, or any other harm resulting from your posting of content to this Website. You acknowledge that ECSC may exercise its rights (e.g. use, publish, delete) to any content you submit without notice to you. If you submit more than one review for the same hotel, only your most recent submission is eligible for use.
From time to time we may offer customers incentives to leave reviews (e.g. discount coupon/entry into prize draws etc.) As it is important to us that reviews are impartial and honest, these incentives will be available to customers regardless of whether the review is positive or negative.
All photos submitted are subject to our Photo Submission Guidelines below.
ECSC claims no ownership, affiliation with, or endorsement of any photos that are submitted by end users through our sites.
ECSC’s policies with respect to claims by third parties that the content of the Website, including the content of any Submissions, infringes the copyrights owned by said third party can be found in the Claims of Copyright Infringement section below.
PHOTO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Any photos you submit must be:
1. On topic – All photos must be relevant to accommodation, restaurant, location, or general travel experiences.
2. Community/family friendly –
a. Do not submit any photos or materials that are illegal, obscene, pornographic, profane, vulgar, offensive or insulting.
b. Do not submit photos or materials that invade the privacy or violate any personal right of any person or entity.
c. Do not submit photos or information about children or any third parties without their consent (or their parent’s consent in the case of a child under 13 years of age).
d. Children under 13 may not submit photos or other materials.
3. Original – You may only submit your own photos. Do not submit photos from any other source (personal or commercial). Do not submit photos that infringe the copyright, trademark, or other property right of any third party.
4. Non-commercial – Do not submit photos that include logos, branding, promotional material, or any other content intended for commercial purposes.
5. No harmful files – Do not submit photos that contain viruses or other harmful code that is either intended or may result in damage to the computers and systems of ECSC and/or those using it.
PREPAID HOTEL RESERVATIONS
You acknowledge that the ECSC Companies pre-negotiate certain room rates with hotel suppliers to facilitate the booking of reservations. The room rate displayed on the Website is a combination of the pre-negotiated room rate for rooms reserved on your behalf by the ECSC Companies and the facilitation fee retained by the ECSC Companies for their services. You authorize the ECSC Companies to book reservations for the total reservation price, which includes the room rate displayed on the Website, plus tax recovery charges, service fees, and where applicable, taxes on the ECSC Companies' services. You agree that your credit card will be charged by the ECSC Companies for the total reservation price. Upon submitting your reservation request you authorize the ECSC Companies to facilitate hotel reservations on your behalf, including making payment arrangements with hotel suppliers.
You acknowledge that except as provided below with respect to tax obligations on the amounts we retain for our services, the ECSC Companies do not collect taxes for remittance to applicable taxing authorities. The tax recovery charges on prepaid hotel transactions are a recovery of the estimated taxes (e.g. sales and use, occupancy, room tax, excise tax, value added tax, etc.) that the ECSC Companies pay to the hotel supplier for taxes due on the hotel's rental rate for the room. The hotel suppliers invoice the ECSC Companies for certain charges, including tax amounts. The hotel suppliers are responsible for remitting applicable taxes to the applicable taxing jurisdictions. None of the ECSC Companies act as co-vendors with the supplier with whom we book or reserve our customer's travel arrangements. Taxability and the appropriate tax rate vary greatly by location. The actual tax amounts paid by the ECSC Companies to the hotel suppliers may vary from the tax recovery charge amounts, depending upon the rates, taxability, etc. in effect at the time of the actual use of the hotel by our customers. Service fees retained by the ECSC Companies for their services vary based on the amount and type of hotel reservation.
Sales, use and/or local hotel occupancy taxes are imposed on the amounts that we charge for our services (service fee and/or facilitation fee) in certain jurisdictions. The actual tax amounts on our services may vary depending on the rates in effect at the time of your hotel stay.
You may not book reservations for more than 8 rooms online for the same hotel/stay dates. If we determine that you have booked reservations for more than 8 rooms in total in separate reservations, we may cancel your reservations, and charge you a cancellation fee, if applicable. If you paid a non-refundable deposit, your deposit will be forfeited. If you wish to book reservations for 9 or more rooms, you must contact an ECSC travel consultant who will research your request and contact you to complete your reservation. You may be asked to sign a written contract and/or pay a nonrefundable deposit.
PAY NOW OR PAY LATER
With certain hotels, you may be presented with the option to pay online now or pay later at the hotel. If you select the "Pay Online Now" option, ECSC will charge the amount shown to your credit card immediately. If you select "Pay Later at the Hotel", the hotel will charge your credit card in the local currency at the time of your stay. Tax rates and foreign exchange rates could change in the time between booking and stay. Your credit card provider may also charge a foreign currency conversion fee. ECSC coupons may only be applied to "Pay Online Now" bookings.
You are responsible for ensuring that you meet foreign entry requirements and that your travel documents, such as passports and visas (transit, business, tourist, and otherwise), are in order and any other foreign entry requirements are met. ECSC has no special knowledge regarding foreign entry requirements or travel documents. We urge customers to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements, and advisories issued by the relevant governments prior to booking travel to international destinations.
Passport and Visa: You must consult the relevant Embassy or Consulate for this information. Requirements may change and you should check for up-to-date information before booking and departure. We accept no liability if you are refused entry onto a cruise or into any country due to your failure to carry the correct and adequate passport, visa, or other travel documents required by any authority, or country, including countries you may just be transiting through. This includes all stops made by the cruise ship, even if you do not disembark the cruise ship.
Health: Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain the recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
BY OFFERING RESERVATIONS FOR TRAVEL PRODUCTS IN PARTICULAR INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS, ECSC DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT TRAVEL TO SUCH AREAS IS ADVISABLE OR WITHOUT RISK, AND IS NOT LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OR LOSSES THAT MAY RESULT FROM TRAVEL TO SUCH DESTINATIONS.
The Information, Software, Products and Services published on this Website may include inaccuracies or errors, including pricing errors. In particular, the ECSC Companies and ECSC Affiliates do not guarantee the accuracy of, and disclaim all liability for any errors or other inaccuracies relating to the information and description of the hotel, air, cruise, car and other travel products and services displayed on this Website (including, without limitation, the pricing, photographs, list of hotel amenities, general product descriptions, etc.). In addition, ECSC expressly reserves the right to correct any pricing errors on our Website and/or pending reservations made under an incorrect price. In such event, if available, we will offer you the opportunity to keep your pending reservation at the correct price or we will cancel your reservation without penalty.
Hotel ratings displayed on this Website are intended as only general guidelines, and the ECSC Companies and ECSC Affiliates do not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. The ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and their respective suppliers make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services. The ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and their respective suppliers may make improvements and/or changes on the Website at any time.
The ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and their respective suppliers make no representations about the suitability of the information, software, products and services contained on this Website for any purpose, and the inclusion or offering of any products or services on this Website does not constitute any endorsement or recommendation of such products or services by the ECSC Companies or the ECSC Affiliates. All such information, software products, and services are provided "as is” without warranty of any kind. The ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and their respective suppliers disclaim all warranties and conditions that this Website, its servers or any email sent from the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers are free of viruses or other harmful components. The ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and their respective suppliers hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, software, products and services, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular response, title and non-infringement.
The carriers, hotels and other suppliers providing travel or other services on this Website are independent contractors and not agents or employees of the ECSC Companies or the ECSC Affiliates. The ECSC Companies and the ECSC Affiliates are not liable for the acts, errors, omissions, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such suppliers or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting there from. The ECSC Companies and the ECSC Affiliates have no liability and will make no refund in the event of any delay, cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or other causes beyond their direct control, and they have no responsibility for any additional expenses, omissions, delays, re-routing or acts of any government or authority.
In no event shall the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, your access to, display of or use of this Website or with the delay or inability to access, display or use this Website (including, but not limited to, your reliance upon opinions appearing on this Website; any computer viruses, information, software, linked sites, products and services obtaining through this Website; or otherwise arising out of the access to, display of or use of this Website) whether based on a theory of negligence, contract, tort, strict liability, consumer protection statutes[EU2], or otherwise, and even if the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages.
If, despite the limitation above, the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates or their respective suppliers are found liable for any loss or damage which arises out of or in any way connected with any of the occurrences described above, then the liability of the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers will in no event exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of (a) the service fees you paid to ECSC in connection with such transaction(s) on this Website, or (b) One-Hundred U.S. Dollars (US$100.00) or the equivalent in local currency.
You agree to defend and indemnify the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates, and/or their respective suppliers and any of their officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, causes of action, demands, recoveries, losses, damages, fines, penalties or other costs or expenses of any kind or nature including but not limited to reasonable legal and accounting fees, brought by third parties as a result of:
b. your violation of any law or the rights of a third party; or
c. your use of this Website.
LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES
This Website may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by parties other than ECSC. Such hyperlinks are provided for your reference only. We do not control such websites and are not responsible for their contents or the privacy or other practices of such websites. Further, it is up to you to take precautions to ensure that whatever links you select or software you download (whether from this Website or other websites) is free of such items as viruses, worms, trojan horses, defects and other items of a destructive nature. Our inclusion of hyperlinks to such websites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such websites or any association with their operators.
SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE
Please note that all Software, including, without limitation, all HTML code and Active X controls contained on this Website, is owned by the ECSC Companies, ECSC Affiliates (excluding our Franchise Partners), and/or our respective suppliers, and is protected by copyright laws and international treaty provisions. Any reproduction or redistribution of the Software is expressly prohibited, and may result in severe civil and criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, COPYING OR REPRODUCTION OF THE SOFTWARE TO ANY OTHER SERVER OR LOCATION FOR FURTHER REPRODUCTION OR REDISTRIBUTION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED. THE SOFTWARE IS WARRANTED, IF AT ALL, ONLY ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT.
If a currency convertor is available on the Website, the following terms and conditions apply: Currency rates are based on various publicly available sources and should be used as guidelines only. Rates are not verified as accurate, and actual rates may vary. Currency quotes are not updated every day. Check the date on the currency converter feature for the day that currency was last updated. The information supplied by this application is believed to be accurate, but the ECSC Companies, the ECSC Affiliates, and/or our respective suppliers do not warrant or guarantee such accuracy. When using this information for any financial purpose, we advise you to consult a qualified professional to verify the accuracy of the currency rates. We do not authorize the use of this information for any purpose other than your personal use and you are expressly prohibited from the resale, redistribution, and use of this information for commercial purposes.
PAYMENT AND FEES
Many bank and credit card companies charge their account holders a transaction fee when the card issuer and the "merchant location" (as defined by the card brand, e.g. Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are in different countries. The currency exchange rate, if applicable, and any transaction fee are determined solely by the bank or other agency processing the transaction. These fees may be applied by the card issuer as a charge to the cardholder’s account. When applied by the card issuer, the fees will be listed separately from the transaction amount on a credit or debit card statement. This means the amount listed on your credit or debit card statement may be a different figure than the figure shown on the billing summary page for a reservation booked on the Website. If you have any questions about these fees or any exchange rate applied to your booking, please contact your bank.
COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICES
All contents of this Website are ©2014 CruiseShipCenters International Inc. All rights reserved. CruiseShipCenters, Cruise to Success, CruiseDesk, CruisePoints, CruiseRewards, CruiseShipCenters Mobile Agent, CruiseShipFlash, CruiseShipNews, CruiseShipWeekly, FamFinder, International Cruise Academy, Interplay, Seas Today, Stronger Together, Your Dream Vacation Specialists, 7Seas, Dream Voyages, CruiseShipCenters Logo, 7Seas Logo, CruiseDesk Logo, and the Boat and Compass Logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of CruiseShipCenters International Inc. in Canada and/or other countries. Other logos and product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. CruiseShipCenters International Inc. is not responsible for content on websites operated by parties other than CruiseShipCenters International Inc.
If you are aware of an infringement of our brand, please let us know by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We only address messages concerning brand infringement at this email address.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and other applicable law, ECSC has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at ECSC's sole discretion, subscribers or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers. ECSC may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Website and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement. If you believe that an account holder or subscriber is a repeat infringer, please provide information sufficient for us to verify that the account holder or subscriber is a repeat infringer when filing your notice.
NOTICE OF INFRINGING MATERIAL
If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by us infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a written notice that includes the following information. Please note that we will not process your complaint if it is not properly filled out or is incomplete. Any misrepresentations in your notice regarding whether content or activity is infringing may expose you to liability for damages.
1. A clear identification of the copyrighted work you claim was infringed.
2. A clear identification of the material you claim is infringing on the Website, such as a link to the infringing material.
3. Your address, email address and telephone number.
4. A statement that you have a "good faith belief that the material that is claimed as copyright infringement is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law."
5. A statement that "the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed."
6. A signature by the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
You may send us your notice by email to email@example.com, by fax to (425) 679-7251, Attn: IP/Trademark Legal Dept., DMCA Complaints, or by using the contact information below.
If material you have posted has been taken down, you may file a counter-notification by fax or regular mail that sets forth the items specified below. You may want to seek legal counsel prior to doing so. Please include the following details:
1. Identification of the specific content that was removed or disabled and the location that content appeared on ECSC’s Website. Please provide the URL address if possible.
2. Your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address.
3. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which ECSC may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the party who reported your content, or that party’s agent.
4. The following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the content identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification.”
Sign the paper. Send the written communication to the following address:
Attn: IP/Trademark Legal Dept., DMCA Complaints
333 108th Avenue NE
Bellevue WA 98004
OR you may fax it to: (425) 679-7251, Attn: IP/Trademark Legal Dept., DMCA Complaints
For any additional questions regarding the DMCA process for ECSC, please contact us at (425) 679-3751.
One or more patents owned by ECSC or the ECSC Companies may apply to this Website and to the features and services accessible via the Website. Portions of this Website operate under license of one or more patents. Other patents pending.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, or employment relationship exists between you and the ECSC Companies as a result of this Agreement or use of this Website.
Our performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this Agreement limits our right to comply with law enforcement or other governmental or legal requests or requirements relating to your use of this Website or information provided to or gathered by us with respect to such use. To the extent allowed by applicable law, you agree that you will bring any claim or cause of action arising from or relating to your access or use of this Website within two (2) years from the date on which such claim or action arose or accrued or such claim or cause of action will be irrevocably waived.
If any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions will not in any way be affected or impaired. Our failure or delay in enforcing any provision of this Agreement at any time does not waive our right to enforce the same or any other provision(s) hereof in the future.
This Agreement (and any other terms and conditions or policies referenced herein) constitutes the entire agreement between you and ECSC with respect to this Website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written, between the customer and ECSC with respect to this Website. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
Fictitious names of companies, products, people, characters, and/or data mentioned on this Website are not intended to represent any real individual, company, product, or event.
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.
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