LA Groove Cruise Participant’s Agreement

The 2014 LA Groove Cruise is non-refundable once purchased. There are no refunds for cancellations, regardless of the reason. The payment of your deposit or any other payment or by attending the LA Groove Cruise confirms that you accept and agree to these Terms & Conditions including our Cancellation Policies.

This agreement sets forth the terms and conditions under which we, Groove Cruise, LLC a Florida Corporation., a Florida corporation, agree to provide the 2014 LA Groove Cruise, in return for your payment of the amounts indicated in this agreement. These documents contain important limitations on your rights. These are legally binding documents separate from the ticket contract issued by Princess Cruises. If you make a reservation or payment on behalf of yourself as well as the members of your group, party, or traveling companions, you agree to the Terms & Conditions on behalf of all members of your group or party and all your traveling companions. These terms and conditions are subject to change by us at any time after written notice of the change.

2014 LA GROOVE CRUISE ITINERARY
Dates: October 2 – October 5, 2014
Ship: GOLDEN PRINCESS 

Day Date Port of Call Arrive Depart
Thursday October 2, 2014 Los Angeles, CA
San Pedro Terminal
12:00 PM* 4:00 PM
Friday October 3, 2014 Catalina Island TBA TBA
Saturday October 4, 2014 Ensenada, MX 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Sunday October 5, 2014 Los Angeles, CA
San Pedro Terminal
7:00 AM*

*Flights should arrive on Thursday by 12:00 PM. Be onboard by 2:00 PM!
**Flights should depart on Sunday after 12:00 PM.

Itinerary is subject to change without notice at the discretion of Princess Cruises, Whet Travel and/or LA Groove Cruise.

 

The minimum age for 2014 LA Groove Cruise is 21!

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE & PAYMENT PLANS
There are three payment plans available for LA Groove Cruise Captains! The date you make your reservation will ultimately determine your total deposit due at the time of booking and the subsequent payment dates

1 -PAY IN FULL You may pay in full at the time of booking. No additional payments will be needed, unless you later modify your reservation by upgrading/changing your stateroom or by adding additional cabinmates.

New reservations made through April 12, 2014 which are paid in full within 72 hours of booking will receive a 5% discount off the cabin fare. This discount is available to guests on a per person basis, and only valid for bookings made through April 12, 2014. If you made your reservations online, your discount will be applied and refunded to your credit card on file after your reservation is paid and confirmed.

2 – MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN

  • $200 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for all Interior, Oceanview and Balcony cabins. $400 is due for single occupancy cabins.
  • $500 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for Suites. $1000 deposit is due for single-occupancy suites.

Your remaining cabin balance will be split into equal monthly payments beginning the first of the month after your initial deposit is paid, with final balance due no later than July 1, 2014.

Your monthly payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on file. If you need to make any changes to your payment plan dates, or credit card, please contact us at 877-438-9438 or email captainsupport@whettravel.com prior to your due date

3- DEPOSIT + 50/50 PLAN
Through May 6, 2014

  • $200 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for all Interior, Oceanview and Balcony cabins. $400 is due for single occupancy cabins.

$500 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for Suites. $1000 deposit is due for single-occupancy suites.

May 7, 2014
50% of your remaining cabin balance is due

Beginning May 7, 2014, 50% of the total cabin balance is due for all new reservations

July 1, 2014
Full remaining cabin balance is due from all guests with prior reservations.

Your payments will be automatically charged to your credit card on file. If you need to make any changes to your payment plan dates, or credit card, please contact Whet Travel at 877-438-9438 or email CaptainSupport@WhetTravel.com prior to your due date.

All new guest reservations made after July 1, 2014
New reservations booked after July 1st will require full payment. Payment plans may be available. Please call us at 877-438-9438 or email captainsupport@whettravel.com to discuss.

All cabin reservations made within 30 days from the departure date (October 2, 2014) must be paid in full at the time of the reservation. We regret that are unable to offer payment plans within 30 days of sailing.

To change your payment plan options:

  1. Call Whet Travel at 877-438-9438
  2. Email CaptainSupport@whettravel.com

To change your credit card number on file:

  1. Contact Whet Travel at the above numbers
  2. Login to your Whet Travel account: https://booking.whettravel.com/Booking/

Late Payments & Declined Credit Card Fees
A late fee of $10.00 per person for monthly payment plan or $50.00 per person (for 50/50 plan) will be added to your reservation if your credit card on file is declined and your payment is not received by your due dates listed on your invoice. If your reservation is still unpaid 2 weeks after our final payment date, your reservation will be cancelled without refund.

THIRD PARTY CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
We only accept third party credit card payments (from a person not attending the cruise) when a Third Party Credit Card Authorization Form is signed by the card holder. Pls click here to fill out and sign the third party credit card form within 48 hours.

NAME & CABIN CHANGE FEES
The guest who places a reservation for a cabin onboard the LA Groove Cruise will be considered that cabin’s “Lead Guest” and is the “owner” of the reservation. The Lead Guest is therefore solely responsible for initiating or authorizing changes to the reservation, and must agree in writing to any changes made to the reservation, by emailing captainsupport@whettravel.com

Name Changes
Name changes can be made up until 30 days prior to sailing (if allowed by the cruise line), and will be assessed a $50 administrative fee per name change through September 2, 2014. All name changes on or after September 3, 2014 will be assessed a $100 fee per person/per change.

The Lead Guest is not allowed to change their name within the reservation. At least one “original” and/or lead guest name must remain on the reservation. If all original guests cancel, this is considered a full cancellation without refund, and name changes will not be allowed. An original name is one that has been added to your reservation at the time of your initial deposit or payment.

In all cases of name changes, the NEW guest must make full payment. Once that payment has been made, then the applicable amounts paid by the ORIGINAL guest will be refunded directly to the original guest, less the cost of the name change fee.

Cabin Changes
All guest CABIN NUMBER changes can be made up until 30 days prior to sailing (if allowed by the cruise line), and will be assessed a $50 administrative fee per cabin number change through September 2, 2014. All cabin number changes on or after September 3, 2014, will be assessed a $100 fee per person, per change.

Your cabin number is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the cruise line.

No changes of any kind (name or cabin) will be accepted within one week of sailing.

Cabin Occupancy Changes
Rates are based on the number of people in your cabin. Changes in occupancy will result in a rate increase or decrease depending on the type of change.

2014 LA GROOVE CRUISE CANCELLATION POLICIES

ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE! There are NO exceptions to our cancellation policies. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance!

Cancellation policy for 2014 LA Groove Cruise Pre-Sale Deposits Only: If you placed a pre-sale deposit before March 7, 2014, you can cancel up until April 12, 2014 for a full refund. After April 12th, ALL payments (including your pre-sale deposit) are non-refundable.

Cancelling your LA Groove Cruise
All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Please email kathy@whettravel.com to cancel your reservations.

TRAVEL GUARD TRAVEL INSURANCE
Because of the nature and uniqueness of this event, we have strict cancellation policies. LA Groove Cruise and Whet Travel highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance to protect you against financial loss due non-refundable costs and fees due to unexpected cancellations and travel emergencies.

Travel insurance also protects you against emergencies while traveling, such as trip interruption, trip delay, missed/canceled flights, lost or stolen baggage/personal items, illness/injury and much more. LA Groove Cruise, Whet Travel and Travel Guard also offer an additional Cancel for Any Reason policy that must be purchased with your initial payment or deposit. If you have to cancel for a non-covered reason, the Cancel for Any Reason option will reimburse you 50% of your non-refundable costs (covered reasons will receive a 100% refund.

In the event of cancellation, you must first contact Whet Travel in writing by sending an email to kathy@whettravel.com. Then, you must contact Travel Guard directly to submit a claim and request a refund.

To review our policy benefits, please click here:  Travel Guard Travel Insurance

Did you know travel insurance covers you for the following reasons:

  • Sickness, Injury, Death
  • Inclement Weather
  • Uninhabitable residence or destruction
  • Military Service
  • Unforeseen strikes
  • July duty, subpoena, hijacking, quarantine
  • Involuntary termination or layoff (after 1 year of employment)
  • Terrorist incident
  • Work-related reasons

For questions and to purchase travel insurance, please call Whet Travel at 877-438-9438 or email captainsupport@whettravel.com.

PRINCESS CRUISES SERVICE FEES
Princess Cruises charges a mandatory, non-refundable service fee to all passengers for tips/gratuities for ship staff. This is not  included in your cruise fare.

Suites & Minisuites: a total of $36.00 per guest ($12 per guest per day) will be added to your shipboard account by Princess when you board the ship.

All other cabins: a total of $34.50 per guest ($11.50 per guest per day) will be added to your shipboard account by Princess when you board the ship.

FUEL SURCHARGES
In the event that the cost of fuel increases between now and the time we sail, Princess Cruises reserves the right to impose a fuel surcharge of up to $11.00 per person per day. Princess Cruises also reserves the right to impose surcharges for government taxes and fees, security, and incidental costs. The surcharges will be added to the passenger’s cabin costs and must be paid in full by the cruise date in order to board the ship. All passengers will be notified via email if such fuel surcharge is added to the cost of your cabin.

PROMOTER/AFFILIATE DISCOUNTS
Organizers of groups of at least 10 people (5 cabins) can receive discounts. The organizer can also earn money or a free cruise for putting together the group.

Promoter/Affiliate discounts are applicable only if affiliate is registered with LA Groove Cruise and the discount code is provided at time of booking. Once booked, discount codes will not be changed or added for any reason.

For more information about our LA Groove Cruise Affiliate Program, please click here:

http://thegroovecruise.com/la/affiliates/

PASSPORT & LEGAL DOCUMENTATION
Princess Cruises, LA Groove Cruise and Whet Travel strongly recommend that all of our guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond the completion of travel). Having a valid passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss your scheduled embarkation, or to fly back to the U.S. should you need to disembark the ship mid-cruise for any reason.

Click here to apply for your passport today!

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) stipulates the following information with regards to “closed-loop” cruises, which are sailings that originate and terminate in the same U.S. Port. Please note that this information could change at any time without notice

U.S. Citizens (including children) taking “closed-loop” cruises will be able to enter or depart the country with either a valid U.S. Passport – or – Proof of citizenship, such as an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate (or a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization), along with government issued photo identification, such as a State issued driver’s license.

Other acceptable forms of identification include:

  • U.S. Passport Cards
  • Enhanced Driver’s Licenses
  • Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
  • Military Identification Cards (for members of the U.S. armed forces on official orders)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document (for U.S. citizens on official maritime business)
  • Enhanced Tribal Card (where available)

Please note: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable. Voter registration cards or Social Security cards are not considered proof of citizenship.

Children: U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from a contiguous territory may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.

For more information, a complete list of WHTI-compliant documents or to obtain a passport application, visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.

U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card. Non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable.

Non-U.S. Citizens: You will need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. If you live in the U.S., you will also need the original copy of your Alien Registration Card (ARC or “Green Card”) and any other documentation the countries on your itinerary require due to your alien status.

If you are not a U.S. Citizen, please contact U.S. Immigrations at 1-800-375-5283 to be sure your identification will be satisfactory for both entry into the U.S., and for the cruise.

Citizens from the Visa Waiver Program countries will require a machine-readable passport valid for the duration of their voyage.

For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov. Passport Services (www.passportservices.com) can also assist with step-by-step instructions and application assistance. All guests must present the required documentation at embarkation. Guests without the required documentation will be denied boarding and no refund will be issued. Please understand that Princess Cruises will strictly enforce this requirement to be in compliance with this important U.S. Government mandate.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE

LA Groove Cruise and the other Released Parties (as herein defined) assume no responsibility for advising you of immigration requirements. Non-U.S. citizens, including resident aliens, must contact the appropriate consulates, embassies and/or immigration office(s) to inquire about necessary documentation for the Cruise’s ports of call. Your name, as listed on your travel documents, must exactly match your name as listed on your Cruise documents.

It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have the proper documents to board the ship. Whet Travel and LA Groove Cruise are not responsible for denied boarding due to insufficient documents.

Groove Cruise LLC and LA Groove Cruise cancellation and payment policies supersede that of Princess Cruises and any Princess Cruises staff information or website payment or cancellation terms are invalid.

LA GROOVE CRUISE AND GROOVE CRUISE LLC’S RATE PROTECTION GUARANTEE
Groove Cruise LLC’s Rate Protection Guarantee is: if a lower Groove Cruise LLC advertised rate becomes available after the booking is made, a rate adjustment can be requested and Groove Cruise LLC will issue the difference in the form of a non-refundable shipboard credit or a credit card refund or mailed check. The lower fare must be for the same ship, sailing date, stateroom category and number of guests, up till the week before sailing. This is designed to provide our guests with complete confidence that the fare they are booking is the lowest Groove Cruise LLC rate available and that in the event they find a lower fare later, they need simply submit a rate protection request and we will provide a non-refundable shipboard credit equal to the difference.

PRINCESS CRUISES AGE POLICY
Princess Cruises requires that all passengers be 21 years old (on embarkation day) to travel. Guests under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same stateroom by a parent or guardian 25 or older. Ages will be verified at embarkation. Passengers not conforming to this policy will be denied boarding and assessed a 100% cancellation penalty. NO exceptions will be made at embarkation. Please note that adult guests are responsible for the safety and behavior of their minor guests.

Note: Two people under the age of 21 may travel together in the same stateroom if they are a married couple. Legal proof of marriage/civil union must be provide to Princess at least two weeks prior to sailing. Please provide document to captainsupport@whettravel.com.

CANCELLATION BY LA GROOVE CRUISE ARTIST
Groove Cruise LLC / LA Groove Cruise has entered into an agreement with each performing artist on the Cruise to be present on board the Cruise or in the islands and to perform in accordance with terms specified therein. However, neither Groove Cruise LLC nor Princess Cruises shall be liable or responsible for failure of any artist or musician to appear on board or to perform under his or her agreement. Further, neither Groove Cruise LLC/LA Groove Cruise nor Princess Cruises shall be liable or responsible for any loss, damage, cost, or expense of any kind to any Passenger or any other person or entity in the event that such performance is prevented or such loss, damage, cost, or expense is caused by or results directly or indirectly from any act of God, war, fire, collision, directions of underwriters, arrest, order or restraint by any government agency or official acting under color of authority, acts of terrorism, labor disturbances or disputes, civil commotion, weather conditions and considerations of the safety of the vessel (for which the Master shall be the sole judge), breakdowns of or damage to the vessel’s hull or machinery, requisition of the vessel by governmental authority, illness, death of a family member or other cause or circumstance beyond Groove Cruise LLC’s control. In the event of any failure of contracted artists to perform during the cruise, Groove Cruise LLC, in its sole discretion, may engage a replacement artist or artists, or may change, postpone or terminate all or any part of the Cruise or the entertainment program or change the program or itinerary. In such case, Groove Cruise LLC, shall have no liability to any Passenger for any loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever by reason of such change.

CANCELLATION OF LA GROOVE CRUISE BY GROOVE CRUISE LLC AND/OR PRINCESS CRUISES
In the event of strike, lockouts, riots or stoppage of labor from whatever causes, or for any other reason whatsoever beyond the control of LA Groove Cruise or Groove Cruise LLC or Princess Cruises, Princess Cruises in its sole discretion may cancel, advance, or postpone any scheduled sailing or call at any port and may (but is not obligated to) substitute another vessel, and neither Princess Cruises nor LA Groove Cruise nor Groove Cruise LLC shall be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, or substitution. Thereupon, Groove Cruise LLC shall return to you, if the Cruise is completely canceled, your cabin fare, prepaid gratuities, cruise line transfers and related taxes and fees, or, if the Cruise is partially canceled, a proportionate part thereof. Under such circumstances, LA Groove Cruise and Groove Cruise LLC shall have no further liability for damages or compensation of any kind. Please note that the availability of any refund for travel insurance and/or other travel products (airfare, hotel, car rental), even if purchased in conjunction with the Cruise, will be determined in accordance with the applicable cancellation policies for such other products or services.

RIGHT TO CHANGE ITINERARY
Groove Cruise LLC and/or Princess Cruises reserve the right, at any time, to change the cruise itinerary whenever advisable or necessary. In this case, Groove Cruise LLC and/or Princess Cruises will NOT be responsible for any loss or expenses caused by reason of such changes or abandonment. Refunds will NOT be made to passengers who elect not to complete the cruise for any reason or cause whatsoever.

SAFETY WHILE IN PORTS OF CALL AND ONBOARD
You assume sole responsibility for your own safety onboard and in any port of call. Groove Cruise LLC and Groove Cruise LA does not guarantee your safety at any time. You may find information about the scheduled ports of call through the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governmental and tourist organizations. Groove Cruise LLC/LA Groove Cruise and the other Released Parties assume no responsibility for gathering and/or disseminating any such information. You acknowledge that all shore excursions and tours, however conducted, airline flights and ground transportation, and any ship physician, nurse and on board concessions (including, without limitation, gift shops, spa, beauty salon, fitness center, golf and art programs, and video/snorkel concession) are operated by independent contractors. Groove Cruise LLC neither supervises nor controls their actions, nor makes any representation, whether express or implied, as to their suitability. These services are provided only as a convenience for you, and you are free to use or not use them. You agree that Groove Cruise LLC 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 you and/or your property in connection with these services. You use them at your own risk.

INNOCULATION & HEALTH
All guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases innoculations are recommended but in some circumstances they are required. We recommend that you check with your health care professional or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance. Other informational resources can be accessed at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Traveler’s Health website or toll free at 1-877-FYI-TRIP, and the World Health Organization website.

PASSENGERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
By booking the Cruise, you warrant that you, and those traveling with you, are physically fit to travel at the time of embarkation. Boarding will be denied to any person who will enter her third trimester (twenty-seventh week) of pregnancy by the time of the Cruise or during the cruise and to infants under four months old. You must notify Groove Cruise LLC at the time of booking of any disability or other medical or physical condition that may require special assistance during the Cruise. Your failure to do so will release Groove Cruise LLC from any liability for loss, damages or other compensation arising from or related in any way to such disability or condition. Groove Cruise LLC and Princess Cruises reserve the right to require that any passenger who is not self-sufficient travel with a companion who shall take responsibility for any assistance needed during the Cruise and in case of emergency.

REFUSAL OF PASSAGE
Groove Cruise LLC acts only as sales and marketing agent for the purpose of booking travel arrangements on Princess Cruises and various airlines. Groove Cruise LLC expressly disclaims any responsibility for personal injury, property damage, loss, delay, inconvenience, or other matters due to negligence, wrongful acts, errors or omissions on the part of any third party, or any supplier of services of goods or of agents selected by you or your travel agent. Participation on the Cruise may be denied to any person who, in Groove Cruise LLC’s or Princess Cruises sole discretion: (1) is or becomes in such a condition as to be unfit to travel; (2) is dangerous or obnoxious to others; or (3) is inadmissible under the laws of any country of debarkation. In addition, Groove Cruise LLC and Princess Cruises reserve the right to refuse passage, disembark or confine to a stateroom any person whose physical or mental condition or behavior they consider, in their sole discretion, to constitute a risk to the person’s own well-being or that of any other person. Groove Cruise LLC shall have no liability to any such person or any third party arising out of any such decision. Any costs resulting from Groove Cruise LLC’s and/or Princess Cruises’ decision, including, without limitation, costs of lodging and transportation, shall be the responsibility solely of the person.

DECISIONS OF PRINCESS CRUISES
You will receive Princess Cruises Standard Contract of Passage Terms and Conditions (the “Princess Cruises PASSENGER CONTRACT”) with your Cruise ticket. The Princess Cruises Contract constitutes your agreement with Princess Cruises. The Princess Cruises Contract provide that Princess Cruises may exercise its rights in a variety of matters, including, without limitation: Its right to alter the ship’s course, ports of call, and itinerary, activity and shore excursions, for reasons set forth therein. Groove Cruise LLC shall not be liable to you or any third party for any claim or cause of action arising, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, out of Princess Cruise’s exercise of any of its rights as provided in the Princess Cruises Terms. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties such as Groove Cruise LLC shall not be liable to any Cruise passenger for a full or partial refund of any Cruise fare, or for any lodging or transportation expenses, as a result of Princess Cruise’s exercise of its contractual rights.

LIQUOR & BEVERAGE POLICY
Guests are prohibited from bringing any alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages or any food onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold or served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in ports of call will be retained by Princess Cruises until the end of the voyage.

LUGGAGE
Each guest may bring onboard a reasonable amount of baggage. All luggage must be stored in the passenger’s cabin. Pets, dangerous or illegal items such as weapons, explosives, combustible substances, non-prescription controlled substances, or illegal drugs may not be brought onboard the ship. Any such items shall be surrendered to security at embarkation and may be disposed of at the sole discretion of Princess Cruises. All luggage hand-carried or checked, and your person are subject to security inspections that may involve physical search. Curbside porters are available at the pier during embarkation to take luggage to the vessel. Please be sure each piece of luggage is locked and has a tag listing your name, ship, and stateroom number. Princess Cruises and Groove Cruise LLC assume no responsibility for carry-on luggage. Any luggage left at the pier will be forwarded at the guest’s expense. Claims for luggage loss or damage must be made in writing to debarkation personnel prior to leaving the pier area.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RELEASE
Video or audio recording, filming, or photographs may occur onboard the LA Groove Cruise, which may be owned, licensed, assigned or distributed nationwide and worldwide by Groove Cruise LLC, their affiliates and assignees. You hereby allow, waive and authorize Groove Cruise LLC, its affiliates, and assignees the right to use your likeness in any manner whatsoever. You will not receive any compensation for such use and waive any right to bring any action in law or equity against allow Groove Cruise LLC, their affiliates and assignees for such use.

ZERO TOLERANCE DRUG POLICY
Groove Cruise LLC and Princess Cruises, have a zero tolerance policy regarding the use, possession, purchase or distribution of illegal controlled substances. Any violation of this policy will result in disembarkation from the vessel as well as the individuals being turned over to the local law enforcement officials for appropriate legal action. In such cases Groove Cruise LLC and Princess shall not be liable for any refund or other compensation or damages.

PRINCESS CRUISES SMOKING POLICY
Designated Smoking Areas
Clearly marked “Designated Smoking Areas” are available onboard and include a sufficient number of ashtrays that are emptied regularly. Generally, these areas include cigar lounges, a section of the nightclub and casino, as well as a portion of the open decks. As a safety precaution, passengers are reminded to properly dispose of cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco, which are never to be thrown overboard as this may be sucked back into the ship and cause fires.

Stateroom Smoking Policy Update
For all voyages departing after January 15th, 2012, Princess Cruises will prohibit smoking in passenger staterooms and balconies. This policy change reflects the preferences of a vast majority of our passengers who value having their primary living space (both stateroom and balcony) smoke-free. As balconies are a hallmark of Princess Cruises, we believe it is important to keep this peaceful space clear of smoke. Violations to this policy will result in a $250 fine for each occurrence, which will be charged to the passenger’s stateroom account. Keeping with the global trend toward more restrictive smoking policies and honoring the wishes of our passengers, we feel this change will enhance our onboard experience and do more to help our passengers escape completely.

 Electronic Cigarettes
The use of electronic cigarettes is allowed within the confines of the passenger’s stateroom (balcony not included) and within designated smoking areas only.

VENDING
Unless you are a sponsor, NO VENDING OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED of the LA Groove Cruise before, during  or after the LA Groove Cruise. For information on sponsoring, please email captainsupport@whettravel.com. Please do not make tee shirts, hats, posters, jewelry or anything else to sell while enjoying The LA Groove Cruise. Anyone found in violation of this policy will have his or her unauthorized merchandise confiscated unless pre-approved by Whet Travel. This policy will be strictly enforced.

MEDICAL CARE
You assume all risks associated with travel and transportation on the Cruise. While at sea or in port, the availability of medical care may be limited and/or delayed. You acknowledge that all or part of the Cruise may be in areas where medical care and/or evacuation may not be available. You agree to indemnify and reimburse Groove Cruise LLC and/or Princess Cruises in the event that either party, in its sole discretion, to advance to you the cost of emergency medical care, including medical evacuation and/or medical care provided ashore, as well as transportation and/or lodging in connection therewith. Groove Cruise LLC shall have no responsibility to advance any such costs.

ROOMMATES
Your decision to accept a roommate for the Cruise is at your own risk. Groove Cruise LLC is not responsible or liable for any and all claims or cause of action arising out of or in connection with your selection of a roommate for the Cruise, including, without limitation, any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from such request or selection.

RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Under these terms and conditions, liability to passengers for damage to or theft of luggage, personal property, delay, and circumstances on board your cruise ship or elsewhere is limited. By booking the LA Groove Cruise, you (the passenger) agree to release and hold harmless Groove Cruise LLC, from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of or in connection with your travel on and participation in the Cruise, including, but not limited to: (1) injury, death or delay of passengers, or loss, damage or delay of or to passengers’ baggage or other property, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in the Cruise, including, without limitation, passenger’s use of or participation in any shore excursion, on board concession or athletic or recreational activity; (2) your request for or selection of a roommate for the Cruise; (3) emotional distress, mental suffering or anguish or psychological injury of any kind under any circumstances (except when such damages were caused by Groove Cruise LLC’s negligence and resulted from the same passenger’s sustaining actual physical injury, or having been at risk of actual physical injury, or when such damages are held to have been intentionally inflicted by Groove Cruise LLC); (4) any change in scheduled Cruise events and/or celebrity appearances; (5) Princess Cruises’ exercise of its contractual rights; or (6) or (if you are entering into this agreement on behalf of yourself and your, group, party, or traveling companions) any claim arising out of their assertion that you were not authorized to agree on their behalf. You further agree that Groove Cruise LLC shall not be held vicariously liable for the intentional or negligent acts of any persons not employed by Groove Cruise LLC, nor for any intentional or negligent acts of Groove Cruise LLC’s employees committed while off duty or outside the course and scope of their employment. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction holds any of the foregoing to be unenforceable, then Groove Cruise LLC’s liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law. You will find on board your cruise ship, independent concessionaires which operate shops, photography, gaming, etc. Groove Cruise LLC accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the actions of these independent concessionaires arising from your dealing with them. You must contact and deal or interact with them directly. It is understood and acknowledged that Groove Cruise LLC is an outside, independent promoter/travel agency and does not operate the vessel controlled and owned by Princess Cruises. In consideration of participating and attending the Groove Cruise, you voluntarily assume all risks while onboard the vessel and release Groove Cruise LLC of and from any and all liability, actions, causes of action, suits, injury or death, loss or damage of property, claims, attorney’s fees and demands whatsoever that may be sustained by you while onboard the vessel. This release shall be binding upon you, and your heirs, next of kin, executors and personal representatives. Your decision to purchase and pay a deposit for this cruise program constitutes your acknowledgment of and consent to all of the terms and conditions of the brochure and website, including the limitations of liability described in it.

DISPUTES
Except where prohibited by law, you (the passenger) expressly agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Cruise shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. to the exclusion of the courts of any other state, territory or country; (2) you waive any venue or other objection that you may have to any such action or proceeding being brought in any court located in Miami, Florida; (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with the Cruise, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (4) you waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida Miami Dade County, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Florida or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida. You agree to present any claims against us within 30 days after the Cruise ends and to file within one year of the incident, and you acknowledge that this expressly limits the applicable statute of limitations to one year. NEITHER PARTY MAY INITIATE OR BE PART OF A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OR LEGAL PROCEEDING AGAINST THE OTHER.

FURTHERMORE
All trademarks are the exclusive property of their respective owners. The information contained on this page and in other pages and material relating to the Cruise, including any information regarding celebrity participation and programmed events, is subject to change at any time after notice. The details shown are for informational purposes only. The Released Parties are not responsible for any errors, changes and/or omissions resulting in pricing, inventory or content discrepancies.

Passenger acknowledges and confirms that any travel agent utilized by Passenger in connection with the issuance of this ticket is, for all purposes, Passenger’s agent and the Released Parties shall not be liable for any representation made by said travel agent. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Groove Cruise LLC for the price of passage.

In addition to the restrictions and exemptions from liability provided in these Terms and Conditions,  Groove Cruise LLC shall have the full benefit of any applicable laws providing for limitation and exoneration from liability, and nothing in contained herein is intended to operate to limit or deprive Groove Cruise LLC of any such statutory limitation of or exoneration from liability. Without limiting the foregoing, Groove Cruise LLC claim benefit of all restrictions, exemptions and limitations of the “Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea” of 1974 as well as the Protocol to the “Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea” of 1976 (“Athens Convention”), which limits liability for the death of or personal injury to a passenger to no more than the applicable amount of Special Drawing Rights as defined therein, and all other limits on damage or loss to personal property.

These Terms and Conditions contain the entire agreement between Groove Cruise LLC and Passenger and supersede any other agreements, written or oral, relating to the subject matter herein. Any waiver of any provision of must be made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Groove Cruise LLC. If any portion of shall be determined to be invalid, then said portion shall be deemed severed from the Contract in such jurisdiction only and all remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.