Biblelands Cruise


October 2013 with Pre-Trip option to Israel &Post-Trip option to Italy


The Compass Biblelands 2013 (hereinafter “Compass”) is developed and organized by Compass International, Inc. (a non-profit ministry).


You need to fill out the registration form and return it as soon as possible. Please note that this is a private trip and participants must be approved.  Payment due dates and cancellation fees are structured to match those incurred by the trip. Please read the following Terms and Conditions in their entirety—it’s important to know all the details, payment dates and coverage. The accompanying brochure covers the price of the trip, dates, the origin and destination cities, accommodations, and currently planned itinerary. The Terms and Conditions govern how this trip is handled.


By signing the registration sheet you acknowledge receiving and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions set forth below covering Biblelands Cruise 2013 and any post-trip options. The Conditions of Carriage of the Cruise Carrier are expressly incorporated into this contract.


Smoking
The Biblelands Cruise 2013 is a smoke-free trip for all passengers in the common areas of the hotels, site visits and inside the ship. This includes halls, dining rooms, lounges, game rooms, meeting rooms and individual staterooms. Smoking outside the land hotels, on outside cruise decks and private balconies is permissible.


Participation
Participation in this trip is limited to persons whose payment and contract have been received by Compass. Name changes are not allowed unless previously approved by Compass. Circumstances prohibit transfer of participation to passengers other than those to whom the tickets were originally issued.


Proper Documentation
All members of this trip must carry passports valid for at least six months beyond the scheduled date of return to the United States. This means your passport must be valid through April 2, 2014, or longer if you choose to extend your trip beyond the cruise. Also, document requirements may vary depending on your citizenship. Non-U.S. passport holders may be required to obtain other visas for certain countries or ports of call and are personally responsible for securing such permits/visas. Passengers denied boarding of planes and/or cruise ship due to missing or improper documentation will not be the responsibility of Compass. Compass will process and obtain group visas for those visiting Turkey. No visa is required for Italy, Greece or Israel for U.S. citizens.


Air and Cruise Tickets
All trip air and ship tickets are valid only for the dates booked and indicated on documents. Tickets will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to your scheduled departure and after full payment has been received by Compass.


Limitations
Compass reserves the right to decline, reject, or retain any member as a participant in this trip at any time for any reason. The air carrier(s), cruise line, group operators and Compass reserve right to substitute equipment and properties to add or delete en route stops at our discretion with or without notice. The hotels, ground operators, cruise lines and other vendors used by Compass reserve the right, in special circumstances, to substitute accommodations/transportation of similar or better quality without penalty.


Baggage
Compass cannot be held responsible for delay, loss, or damage to baggage.
Baggage restrictions apply to this trip. You are allowed to check one piece of luggage, maximum 50 lbs, one “carry-on” bag and one purse per person. Your “carry-on” must be one piece of luggage (or handicap devices) not to exceed 24X10X16, which will fit under your airplane seat.


Deposits and Reservations
A deposit is due with this signed registration to confirm your trip. One half of the balance is due July 15, 2013 and the remaining balance is due August 15, 2013. Payment is due in full if registering after August 15.  Your booking may be canceled if not fully paid by the due date. Please make all checks payable to Compass.


Cancellation
In the event that you must cancel your reservation (assuming no insurance or a non-covered reason), or payments are not received by specified deadlines, refunds are made in accordance with the following schedule:
Per person cancellation fee, if notice is received:
* 140 days or more prior to your departure date: Cancellation fee is $500 per person plus any domestic air and insurance or add-on travel you have purchased.
* 139-90 days prior to your departure date: Cancellation fee is $1,000 per person plus any domestic air and insurance or add-on travel you have purchased.
* 89-0 days prior to your departure date: Cancellation fee is 100% of package price or deposit (the insurance allows cancellation for covered reasons).


Refunds
Unused Trips: No refund will be made for any transportation, accommodations or services included in the trip price which you, by your choice, do not use. If requesting a refund, please do so by email or mail.
We recommend you use the Compass appointed travel agent to book your domestic flights for you. We regret we cannot be held responsible for missed connections due to weather or mechanical problems. We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance.


Fuel Charges
With the price of fuel moving up and down like a yoyo, the airlines and cruise operator have given us a price of fuel “not to exceed.” If at the time of sailing fuel does exceed the contractual amount, a surcharge will be added. The cost will be pro-rated among all passengers not to exceed $100 per passenger. (This has happened only once in our last 12 cruises.)


Responsibility
Compass has the responsibility of booking with airlines, hotels, condominiums, ground operators, guides, and cruise lines to provide you with these services. The carriers, hotels, cruise lines, and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and are not agents, employees, or servants of, or joint venturers with, Compass or its affiliates. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by Compass are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied. Each participant agrees not to hold Compass International Inc., its employees, or trip leaders liable, in the absence of its own negligence, for any loss, act or omission, whether negligent or otherwise, of any person or firm which is to or does provide goods or services for the trip and shall have no liability to the participant for the quality of services or the condition or cleanliness of accommodations or for any transportation delay, including but not limited to liability for inconvenience, shortened vacation time, additional expense, or any other kind of damage. Compass is not responsible for government actions, weather, mechanical breakdowns, war, terrorism, acts of nature (secularly know as “Acts of God”), or other circumstances beyond its control. (Insurance is included that covers most of these plus other coverages.) If a travel ban is imposed by the United States on any country we are scheduled to visit, another route or port may be substituted.
In the past we have always traveled to Israel under State Department “travel warnings” without incident and expect to do so in the future. In the event of delay, the airline or cruise line, and not Compass, determines delay procedures and the amenities/compensation, if any, to be offered.


Optional Trip Activities
Excursion Activities:  Trip participants may choose to engage in various activities including, but not limited to, swimming, jogging, water sports, horseback or camel riding, car rental traveling, shipboard activities and other “activities;” participants are hereby notified that these activities may be dangerous and may result in a serious injury and that participation in these activities shall be at the participant’s own risk. Compass shall not be liable for any injuries sustained by trip participants which are a result of participants engaging in such activities.


Travelers Who Need Special Assistance
Compass must be advised of a participant’s special requirements at the time of booking and we will make every effort to accommodate special requests, but cannot confirm a reservation until all travel suppliers have acknowledged that they can provide the services requested. Note: It is possible that Compass or its suppliers may have to deny boarding if prior notification of special need is not given. We regret that, due to the nature of the planned itinerary, we cannot guarantee full participation to a member whose physical needs cannot be met. However, the average age of past trips is 55 and roughly 98% enjoy full participation at each site.


Major Changes
The governing laws of the State of Idaho shall prevail and any dispute may be resolved in the City of Coeur d’Alene by means of arbitration. The prevailing party of any dispute will be entitled to recuperate pertinent legal fees and costs from the other party.


Brochure Validity
This brochure and Terms & Conditions cancels and supersedes any previous publications or advertisements to this same trip and cruise. The most current brochure or terms and conditions may be viewed and/or downloaded at http://www.compass.org

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Trip Insurance
We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance. The coverage includes sickness, death or accident of immediate family or travelling companion, trip interruption, and lost baggage. It covers pre-existing conditions if you purchase it when you first sign up for the trip. You will receive a complete quote after you register.


END: Compass 2013 “Terms and Conditions”


For questions,  call Compass toll-free at 1-800-977-2177 or email: biblecruise@compass.org

Click HERE to download a copy of these terms & conditions.