The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations.
Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. The ship operator being RCL Cruises Ltd or Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, as advised at the time of booking or in any confirmation invoice, will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.
Additionally, as required by law, RCL Cruises Ltd and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd have protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes/they become insolvent.
Key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations are available below:
Travellers will receive all essential information about the package before concluding the package travel contract.
There is always at least one trader who is liable for the proper performance of all the travel services included in the contract.
Travellers are given an emergency number or details of a contact point where they can get in touch with the organiser or travel agent.
Travellers may transfer the package to another person, on reasonable notice and possibly subject to additional costs.
The price of the package may only be increased if specific costs rise (for instance fuel prices), and if expressly provided for in the contract, and in any event not later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase exceeds 8% of the price of the package, the traveller may terminate the contract. If the organiser reserves the right to a price increase, the traveller has a right to a price reduction if there is a decrease in the relevant costs.
Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee and get a full refund of any payments if any of the essential elements of the package, other than the price, are changed significantly. If before the start of the package the trader responsible for the package cancels the package, travellers are entitled to a refund and compensation where appropriate.
Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee before the start of the package in the event of exceptional circumstances, for instance if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package.
Additionally, travellers may at any time before the start of the package terminate the contract in return for an appropriate and justifiable termination fee.
If, after the start of the package, significant elements of the package cannot be provided as agreed, suitable alternative arrangements will have to be offered to the traveller at no extra cost. Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee, where services are not performed in accordance with the contract and this substantially affects the performance of the package and the organiser fails to remedy the problem.
Travellers are also entitled to a price reduction or compensation for damages or both where the travel services are not performed or are improperly performed.
The organiser has to provide assistance if the traveller is in difficulty.
If the organiser or the retailer becomes insolvent, payments will be refunded. If the organiser or, where applicable, the retailer becomes insolvent after the start of the package and if transport is included in the package, repatriation of the travellers is secured.
RCL Cruises Ltd t/a Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises Inc. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Inc. t/a Royal Caribbean and Azamara Club Cruises have taken out insolvency protection with the following entities listed below:
UK & Republic of Ireland Guests - Cruise Only:
The Association of British Travel Agents
30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ
Tel: 020 3117 0500
UK Guests - Fly Cruise Holidays:
The Civil Aviation Authority
45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE
Tel: 01293 567171
Republic of Ireland Guests:
Commission for Aviation Regulation Ireland
Dublin 2 D02 W773
Tel: +353-(0) 1-6611700
Travellers may contact this entity or, where applicable, the competent authority if services are denied because of RCL Cruises Ltd t/a Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises Inc. or Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd t/a Royal Caribbean and Azamara Club Cruises insolvency. See your confirmation invoice for details of the applicable party.