RELEASE OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT
COVID-19 Requirements: The safety and security of our travelers remain our highest priority, which is why at this time we require that all travelers are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus to participate in our travel programs.
There will be no exceptions under any circumstances. Our guidelines evolve as needed and are designed in accordance with recommendations set forth by worldwide travel and health agencies, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and/or the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories. Specific protocols and procedures may change over time to adapt to the travel regulations in each of the destinations in which we operate.
Responsibility: Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which provides goods or services for your program including, for example, lodging, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides, ground operators, providers or organizers of excursions, food service or entertainment, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any act, failure to act, financial failure or other defaults of any such person, entity, supplier or any other third party.
In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, financial or other loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God, force majeure, acts of governments, denial or delay of entry into any country, acts of war or civil unrest, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of any means of transportation, or for any failure to arrive or depart timely or safely. Further, I release Gohagan from its own negligence and assume all risk thereof.
If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a program participant, or remove from a program, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other program participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the program by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.
Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or program features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefore and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel or postpone a program for any reason whatsoever. If so, for cancellations based upon acts of God, force majeure, acts of governments, epidemics or threat thereof, terrorism or threat thereof, strikes or labor disturbances, demonstrations, civil unrest, criminal activity, supplier default or similar circumstances, its sole obligation is to issue credits in the amount of moneys paid to Gohagan to the extent its suppliers are crediting Gohagan with those monies paid by Gohagan to them. Under no circumstances is Gohagan obligated to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any program for any reason including without limitation, U.S. Dept. of State, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for fees assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the program. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.
Not Included: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; COVID-19 related expenses; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, internet or any other expenses unless specifically described; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated taxes, airport facility/security/federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.
Airfare: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.
Luggage: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.
Physical Accessibility: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Participants must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Participants requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for them.
Discounted Reservations: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by Welcome Back Savings or Early Booking Discount date indicated on the brochure. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.
CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:
|PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
96 days or more prior*
95-61 days prior
60-45 days prior
44-0 days prior
50% of program price
75% of program price
100% of program price
*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Gohagan and others for comprehensive coverage as described in the specific policy documents.
Rates: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of publication and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to pass through any increases in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid upon notice to the program participant, given the additional cost being charged by the vendor (e.g. Ponant). On programs which include Gohagan purchased air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases. Gohagan & Company reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees, promotions and surcharges at any time.
Registration: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.
Choice of law: This agreement and any issues regarding programs will be governed by substantive Illinois law.
Binding Arbitration: Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning the program, or the program itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1-16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and Gohagan are waiving the right to a trial by jury. Any arbitration commenced against Gohagan must be on behalf of only the signatory to this Agreement and his or her immediate family members who traveled with signatory, such as a spouse or child. Under no circumstances can participant be part of a class or other joint action.
Passenger Ticket Contracts: The individual Passenger Ticket Contracts from our contracted suppliers (Ponant, Silversea, Windstar, Lueftner (Amadeus fleet), etc.) govern the relationship between that supplier and the Gohagan & Company passenger. These respective Passenger Ticket Contracts establish limits on liability, limits on claims, define the time to file claims, and the acceptable jurisdictions for making claims. These Passenger Ticket Contracts incorporate provisions and limitations under the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974 and amendments thereto, the European Parliament and London International Convention and other relevant authorities and protocols for deep sea cruise passengers and the Strasbourg Convention on the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, 1988 and amendments thereto, for passengers on inland waterways.
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Booking travel with Gohagan & Company certifies acceptance of the Passenger Ticket Contract for your respective supplier.
Acceptance of Contract: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement for this program or for any program to which he/she may transfer.