Go Croatia Sail Booking Terms and Conditions
These Booking Terms and Conditions form the basis of your contract with Go Adventures Limited, trading as Go Croatia Sail, Company Number 9027868, having its Registered Office address at Unit 1A Brewery Court, North St, Bristol, United Kingdom BS3 1JS (hereinafter referred to as “the Operator”). This section entitled ‘Go Croatia Sail Booking Terms and Conditions’ sets out what you are entitled to expect from us when you make a booking with us.
In these Booking Terms and Conditions, “you” and “your” refers to all passengers on the booking (including anyone who is subsequently added or substituted at a later date). “Us”, “our” and “we” refers to the Tour Operator, namely Go Adventures Limited.
These Terms and Conditions, together with the General Information found on our website www.go-sailcroatia.com, govern the relationship, responsibilities and liabilities as between all persons named on the booking and the Operator, and are binding whether you have read them or not. Therefore, please read them carefully as they form the basis of your contract with the Operator.
Booking Your Trip and Acceptance
1. The Operator accepts a booking only once a deposit or full payment has been collected and held either by the Operator directly or by an authorised travel agent on the Operator’s behalf. Bookings made via the authorised agents’ own websites are considered as made with the Operator directly.
2. To confirm a direct booking, you must complete the booking form found on our website. This must be done by the first named person on the booking (“lead passenger”). The lead passenger must be at least 18 when the booking is made. The lead passenger must be authorised to make the booking by all persons named on the booking.
3. On receipt of your booking form, subject to availability and at the Operator’s discretion, the Operator will reserve your place(s) on your selected trips and send you an initial invoice for the deposit or full payment, together with a due date for such payment. It is your (or on bookings involving more than one person, the lead passenger’s) responsibility, as the customer, to check the accuracy of your booking and travel dates. A contract is only made between you and the Operator upon your booking being confirmed and accepted through communication thereof to either you or your authorised travel agent (hereinafter referred to as “confirmation”).
4. Once we have received all appropriate payments (see clause 5), we will, subject to availability, confirm your holiday by issuing a confirmation invoice. This invoice will be sent to the lead passenger and should be checked carefully as soon as it is received. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the confirmation or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We cannot accept any liability if we are not informed of any inaccuracy in any document within 10 days of our sending it out. We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so.
Deposits and Payments
5. For your trip to be confirmed, a deposit of £75 GBP per passenger for cabin charter bookings (or full payment if the reservation is within ten weeks of the date your trip is due to begin) must be paid at the time of reservation. A higher deposit (usually £150 GBP per person) is required for private, whole-boat group bookings.
6. The balance of the cost of the holiday cost must be received by us not less than ten weeks prior to the date your arrangements with us are due to begin, which will be shown on the confirmation invoice. Please note, we do not send out payment reminders.
7. If all payments due are not paid in full and on time, we can assume that you wish to cancel your reservation. In this case we will be entitled to keep all deposits paid. If we do not cancel straight away because you have promised to make payment, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in clause 8 depending on the date your booking has been treated as cancelled.
Changes and Cancellation by you
8. If you wish to make any modifications or alterations to your confirmed trip, we must be notified in writing at the earliest opportunity. We will certainly do our utmost to assist with any such requests. However, there is no guarantee we will be able to fulfil any such written requests. In instances where changes are possible, an amendment fee of £20 GBP per booked passenger will be payable together with any costs incurred by the Operator and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. Alterations may result in the recalculation of the trip price due to a switch from higher to lower season dates or vice versa.
9. Cancellation of a booking must be notified to us immediately, in writing, by the lead passenger. A booking will not be regarded as cancelled unless written notice is received by us. Upon cancellation, the following charges will apply:
Days before trip commences % of trip
Over 49 days Deposit (or minimum amount of £75 GBP, whichever is greater)
49-42 days 35%
41-35 days 50%
34-0 days 100%
10. No refunds will be issued for partly attended trips, accommodation reservations or any other services reserved but not used. You may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (minus any excess), depending on the reason for cancellation, under the terms of your own personal insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to your insurance company.
Changes and cancellation by us
11. Every effort will be made to run all trips as advertised. However, we start planning our trips up to 18 months in advance and on occasion, changes and modifications have to be made to details before and after bookings have been confirmed, and, on rare occasions, confirmed bookings have to be cancelled. We always strive to avoid any such alterations and cancellations, but reserve the right to do so. We will notify you as soon as possible of any such changes.
12. It must be remembered that due to the adventurous nature of our trips, it is not always possible for our boats to call at all ports exactly as planned or as set out in the route. This is one of the risks of sailing around Croatia and unfortunately we often have no control over this, especially when taking local port authority instructions and weather considerations into account. Of course we will attempt, within the realms of health and safety, to call at all scheduled ports but there is always a degree of flexibility as regards itineraries when travelling with us as port destination changes or other minor changes may occur (see definition in clause 13).
13. A minor change is defined as any change which we can reasonably be expected to know as an operator would not have a significant effect on your confirmed trip. If calling at any particular port on an itinerary is of particular importance to you please let us know at the time of booking and we will be happy to discuss this issue with you in more detail. The captains of all of the boats we use retain the right to deviate from or change any particular itinerary where they believe it necessary to so, for example in the interests of the health and safety of passengers as a result of adverse weather conditions or port authority orders.
14. We are sometimes forced to make a “major change”. A major change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably be expected to know as an operator will have a significant effect on your trip. “Major changes” can include the following:
(a) a change of accommodation to that of a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away
(b) a significant change of itinerary which would result in missing out on one or more key destinations
Where a major change is made prior to departure, we will inform you as soon as we can and you will have the choice of either: accepting another tour of equivalent or closely similar standard; or a choice of specified travel arrangements of a lower standard to those previously booked together with a refund of the price difference; or cancelling the tour and obtaining a full refund. These options are not available where any change made is minor.
If we have to make a major change, we will pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances. Compensation will only be paid out provided that the major change, prior to departure, is NOT due to “Force Majeure” (see clause 15 below). No compensation will be paid if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions (such as paying on time) or if we make a minor change.
Days before trip commencement Compensation per passenger
Over 42 days Zero
42-29 days £20
28-14 days £30
13-7 days £40
6-0 days £50
15. We cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the provision of your trip with us with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. “Force Majeure” includes war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, disease epidemics or pandemics, fire or adverse weather conditions, technical or maintenance problems with transport, closures or congestion at airports or ports, or other similar events beyond the control of the Operator.
16. You must take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel. We consider such travel insurance to be absolutely essential and should cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury, death, loss of personal items, loss/theft of money and personal liability insurance. Evidence of such travel insurance must be produced, upon request, to Go Adventures Ltd. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs.
Our Liability to You
17. The tours operated or supplied by Go Adventures Ltd have been designed to provide passengers with an exposure to the nature of the environment visited and therefore involve an element of risk and exposure to potential hazards. All bookings are accepted on the understanding that the Client appreciates such risks and hazards and they undertake all tours at their own volition.
18. If you participate in an activity not included as part of a trip operated by us (such as an locally-run optional excursion), you accept all responsibility for taking part in such an activity and also that we are indemnified against any and all claims related to such activities.
19. Where a passenger suffers death, personal injury or any other loss whatsoever as a result of an activity forming part of the tour arrangements booked with us, then we shall only accept responsibility if the death, personal injury or loss was caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees, officers, agents or suppliers. We shall not be liable for such death, personal injury or any other loss suffered whatsoever if there has been no fault on the part of ourselves or our partners, or if the cause was the fault of the passenger or due to the actions of someone unconnected with the trip arrangements or due to circumstances which neither Go Adventures nor its partners could have reasonably anticipated or avoided.
20. All vessels used by us in Croatia are fully insured and have accident insurance for passengers. As such, you accept that for our boat trips in Croatia any claims relating to accidents while on-board their vessels need to be addressed directly with the captains/owners or the charter agent we are using, and we are indemnified against any and all claims related to such accidents incurred on such boats in Croatia.
21. The services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to a claim or complaint complied with local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holiday maker to refuse to take the travel arrangements in question. However, we do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care. It is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers).
22. Where any claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns any travel arrangements forming part of your contract with us (including the process of getting on or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road carrier or any stay in accommodation, the maximum amount of compensation we would have to pay you would be limited. The most we would have to pay you for that claim if we were found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier or hotel keeper concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question. These conventions include but are not limited to:
In respect of carriage by sea: the Athens Convention 1974
In respect of carriage by road: the Geneva Convention 1973
Behaviour and Consideration of Others
23. When you book a trip with us, you agree that you must comply with the rules and regulations applicable to the vessel you will be travelling on. You accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss must be paid direct at the time to the owner, captain, manager or charter agency.
24. We expect all passengers to have consideration for other people. If, in our reasonable opinion or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you or any member of your party behaves in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to any third party or damage to property, we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the travel arrangements of the person(s) concerned. In this situation, the person(s) involved will be required to leave the vessel or other service concerned. We will have no further responsibility toward such person(s) including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination.
25. In the event of any dissatisfaction with any service provided by us, you must report it immediately to our local representatives so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Failure to notify a local representative of any problem immediately may result in your ability to claim compensation from us being extinguished or reduced. If a local representative is not immediately available then you should email or call us on the contacts provided on the pre-departure documents.
26. Any complaint made to us following the conclusion of the trip should be made in writing within 28 days of completion of the trip. In the event that you do not notify us in writing within 28 days, our ability to investigate the complaint may be prejudiced and any right to claim any compensation you may have otherwise been entitled to may be adversely affected or even lost as a result. Where we act as an agent for services, then the complaint will be passed onto the supplier and disputes will need to be taken up directly with them.
Conditions of Suppliers
27. Many of the services which make up your travel arrangements are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned.
Special requests and medical problems
28. If you have any special request, you must advise us in writing at the time of booking. Although we will endeavour to pass any reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier, we regret we cannot guarantee any request will be met unless we have specifically confirmed this. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part.
29. If you have a medical condition or disability which may affect your trip, we ask that you inform us in writing at the time of booking the trip of any special arrangements required by you so that we are able to advise as to the suitability of those arrangements. If we reasonably feel we are unable to satisfactorily accommodate your particular needs, we reserve the right to decline the booking or ask for you to be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to you throughout your trip.
Excursions and Optional Activities
30. During or before your trip you may be offered the chance to purchase various optional excursions and activities. We do not own, operate or control any of the companies or individuals which provide such optional activities or excursions. Some of the optional activities and excursions, such as rafting, zip-lining and buggy tours are inherently risky. If you wish to take part in such optional activities or excursions you must be fit enough to do so and must follow all reasonable instructions. The standards of health and safety which will be adopted by the company or the individual providing the optional activity or excursion will be those of the country where the optional activity or excursion takes place. Please note that these standards may not be the same as you would find in the UK, or in your home country. If you wish to book any optional excursion or activity, you may do so subject to the excursion operator’s terms and conditions. Your contract will be with the operator of the activity or excursion and will be governed by local law. Go Adventures acts only as their agent. Go Adventures accepts no liability for any act or omission of any operator, its employees, agents or sub-contractors.
31. Please ensure you carefully read your invoice and all other pre-departure documents we send to you as soon as you receive them, and contact us immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We will not accept any liability if you fail to notify us of any inaccuracy in any document within 14 days of us sending them to you or your agent. While we will do our best to rectify any changes made outside this time, it is your responsibility to meet any additional costs which may be involved, except in the case of an error made by Go Adventures and where there is reasonable justification for you not contacting us within the specified time. You are responsible for ensuring that all necessary travel documents including, but not limited to, passports, visas and vaccination certificates are valid and subsisting. We strongly recommend that you verify current documentation requirements and all other relevant protocols and procedures associated with your trip with your travel agent or us. Please note requirements change and you must check with your Consulate for the most up to date information. Passports must have an expiry date of at least six months after completion of the trip
32. It is the party leader’s responsibility to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you or any member of your party are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results to fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.
Website and Prices
33. The information and prices shown on our website or may have changed by the time you come to book your travel arrangements. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the website and prices at the time of publication, regrettably errors do occasionally occur. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen travel arrangements (including the price) with us at the time of booking.This website is our sole responsibility. It is not issued on behalf of and does not commit any independent organisation/carriers whose services are featured in it.
Safety Standards and Requirements
34. It is the requirements and standards of the country in which any services which make up your travel arrangements are provided which apply to those services and not those of the UK. As a general rule, these requirements and standards may not be the same as the UK and could be lower.
35. The boats in Croatia have to dock up side by side in most ports, resulting in a gap between each boat, which has to be stepped across by passengers trying to reach their respective boat, which may be several boats down the line. There is a risk of falling into this gap if care and attention is not taken, and/or if the passenger’s judgement is impaired (for example, by being intoxicated or feeling ill). When making a booking, the lead passenger is accepting this risk and also accepts the responsibility of informing all members in his/her group of such a risk. The welcome speech at the beginning of each cruise merely serves to remind each passenger of the need to “mind the gap”.
36. Life-jackets are located on board every boat, either underneath each bed in each cabin, and/or under the benches in the salon area.
37. In order to process your booking, we need to collect certain personal details from you. These details will usually include the names of party members, and special requirements such as those relating to any dietary, disability or medical condition that may affect the holiday arrangements. We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We do not store credit card details nor do we share such customer details with any 3rd parties.
We must pass some information (names, passport numbers) to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements (hotels, transport companies etc.) in order for them to prepare the arrangements as appropriate. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law.
Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act 1998, we will only deal with the personal details you give to us as set out above unless you agree otherwise. We may make contact with you or members of your holiday party by post, e-mail, or telephone for the purposes set out. We will also use your information to inform you of our offers in the future. If you do not wish to receive such approaches in the future then please let us know as soon as possible by telephone, letter or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we do contact you by e-mail about our updated website or special offers, you will also be able to unsubscribe yourself from our database at this time.
When a passenger submits an online review they accept that the feedback and all rights therein, become the sole property of Go Adventures Ltd and Go Adventures Ltd shall have the right to make it available to the public on this website and for any purpose and in any media (including for advertising or other commercial use).
38. As referred to in the opening paragraphs of these Conditions, a binding contract comes into effect between the Operator and the passengers on the confirmation invoice once the aforementioned invoice has been dispatched to the lead passenger. All such contracts are governed by English Law should any dispute between us not be otherwise amicably settled.