S/Y Stella Oceana - World Sea Explorers

LOFOTEN NORGE

SEILTURER OG EKSPEDISJONER

Book with Confidence

World Sea Explorers’ has our guests covered from booking to boarding to give 100% risk-free cancellation and flexibility options. 

Refund

 

Easily rebook or we will refund you if we have to cancel your charter for COVID-19 related reasons.

15-Day Easy Rebook 

Easily rebook for any reason up to 15 days prior to your charter.  No questions asked.

COVID-19 Protection 

Easily rebook if you have to cancel your trip within 14 to 1 day of the charter due to COVID-19.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS AND RELEASE OF WAIVER & LIABILITY

 

World Sea Explorers, a Norwegian limited company, sells products and services related to the maritime and tourism sectors such as maritime leisure activities, yacht charters, tourism experiences, and other things that naturally coincide with this to clients throughout the world. World Sea Explorers is referred to in this agreement as “WSE,” “we,” “us,” or “owner”. The terms and conditions set forth below constitute the entire understanding and agreement between you the trip participant (“participant,” “you,” “charterer” or “I”) and World Sea Explorers, with respect to any and all bookings, trips or transactions made with us. By acknowledging and submitting this Booking Terms and Conditions, and Release and Waiver of Liability, you acknowledge that you agree and accept all terms and conditions in this agreement and direct us to perform services on your behalf. All persons included in your booking are bound by this agreement.

 

The following are World Sea Explorers’ booking terms and conditions.  By requesting confirmation of a booking, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions and to release the waiver & liability as described in this document.

 

1. BOOKINGS AND PAYMENTS
Book online on our website, or contact our office to find out if the desired date/time is available for the tour or charter. If you book 14 days or more in advance of the departure date, a 10% deposit is due at the time of booking.  The booking is only binding upon us once the booking terms & conditions and release of waiver & liability is accepted, and the final amount of the charter/tour has been paid within 48 hours (for hourly charters/day trips) or 14 days (for multi-day charters) of the charter/tour date.  For multi-day charters/tours, if you book between 1 to 13 days in advance of the charter/tour date, there is no deposit and the full amount is due at the time of booking.  For hourly charters/day trips, if you book less than 48 hours in advance of the charter/tour date, there is no deposit and the full amount is due at the time of booking.  If you have a last minute request for booking, please contact our office directly.  If the payments are not made by the due dates, WSE reserves the right to cancel the booking, withhold the deposit, and demand a cancellation fee according to the cancellation rules in Section 2. 

 

2. CANCELLATION
We fully understand that you may cancel due to inconvenient circumstances. Due to the nature of our business, however, this means direct loss for us if this is not done well in advance.

 

Cancellations or changes to a reservation must be sent by email.  Cancellations or change requests are entered into effect based on the date that the email is received and that WSE has replied to confirm the cancellation or change.

For public day tours, you will receive a full refund or credit if you notify WSE of your cancellation 24 hours or more prior to the tour. You will also receive a full refund or credit if WSE cancels the tour due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances that are known prior to the tour. No-shows will be charged the full price.  

 

For multi-day charters and private hourly charters, cancellations made less than 14 days of the trip start date are not refundable.  A NOK 1,000 administrative fee will be charged if rescheduling the date of reservation within 14 days of the trip.  Charges will be applied to the responsible party at the time of deposit.   50% of the total trip cost is refundable if a cancellation is made 15 days in advance or more prior to the start date of the trip, or can be rescheduled to a later date at no additional charge.  You are highly encouraged to purchase personal travel insurance for trip cancellation coverage. 

For COVID-19 cancellations:

If you are affected by coronavirus, quarantine or actions or regulations of Government regarding travel, you can notify WSE of your request to change the date of your charter up to 1 day prior to the charter start date to any available date within 12 months of the original departure date with no additional fees.  Documentation of these circumstances are required via e-mail.  The balance will be due in two equal parts, the first being half way between the original start date and the rescheduled start date, and the second being 2 weeks prior to the rescheduled start date.

 

If you are affected by coronavirus, quarantine or actions or regulations of Government regarding travel, and you choose to cancel your charter rather than defer it to a later date, we will simply retain your deposit and the payment of your balance will no longer be enforced.  Documentation of these circumstances are required via e-mail.

COVID-19 REFUND & REBOOK

Easily rebook or we will refund you if we have to cancel your charter for COVID-19 reasons.

In the event that WSE cancels a charter due to COVID restrictions you have the peace of mind to easily rebook:

1.    Rebook on a future charter on the same itinerary and dates for the same price guests paid for the canceled charter.  Any price differences will be adjusted to reflect the same amount paid on the original charter.

2.    Where a similar charter is not available, WSE will issue a full refund of payments received by WSE as of the date of the cancellation.

 

3. WORLD SEA EXPLORER’S RIGHT TO CANCEL, CHANGE OR DELAY THE ITINERARY

This is an excursion to remote parts of the country and we reserve the right to change or cancel the itinerary due to Force Majeure.  Force Majeure is defined as any cause attributed to actions or regulations of government, accidents, natural disaster, weather or other occurrences beyond the reasonable control of WSE, and not caused by WSE’s negligence. No warranty is made as to the suitability of weather with respect to this charter. If a storm threatens or is forecast to threaten the expected location of the charter, as determined by the Captain in his/her sole discretion, the Captain shall have the option of terminating or cancelling the charter any time that he/she deems necessary. No refund is provided for cancellation due to Force Majeure during the trip. 

 

WSE may for any reason change the time of departure or conclusion of the tour, the scheduled point of departure for the tour, omit or change any scheduled stop or activity on the tour or change the scheduled place of conclusion for the tour whether before or after the tour has departed, without prior notice to you. You will have no right to any refund (unless agreed upon by third party activity providers) and WSE will have no obligation to you or be liable for any loss, consequential damages, expenses, loss of time or enjoyment or inconvenience in respect of such changes. WSE reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure in which case any payment made by you will be refunded in full and you will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation or damages, for any loss, consequential damage, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation.

 

4. RATES

HOURLY CHARTERS
The vessel rental is based on time charter and includes crew, harbor fees and fuel.  For pickup / delivery elsewhere than in Svolvær where the vessel is based, there is an additional cost to reposition the vessel. The hourly rate is calculated from the time the boat is booked until the last guest is on land.

 

ALL-INCLUSIVE MULTI-DAY CHARTERS

The vessel rental is based on a daily rate and includes up to 12 hours of sailing per day, featured amenities, coffee, tea, water, cookies, fruit, traditional dishes, and all boat related expenses.  Alcohol & soft drinks are available onboard and must be paid prior to disembarking.  For pickup / delivery elsewhere than in Svolvær, there is an additional cost to reposition the vessel.  The daily rate is calculated from the time the boat is booked, with a minimum of 2 days and maximum of 7 days.

 

5. ARRIVALS
Our vessel has reserved docking at Svolvær Harbor.  Unless otherwise indicated in the tour itinerary, in the case of boarding or landing elsewhere, this will normally be possible. However, we will not bear an economic loss if it appears that the selected pier at call is not physically available or safe due to pier infrastructure, other boats, difficult weather, wind or ice conditions. Port charges may be incurred at these piers, which will be charged to the customer.

 

6. CHARTERER AND PARTICIPANT OBLIGATIONS

a) I agree to comply with all seagoing rules and regulations currently in force and to obey the reasonable requests of the Captain.

b) It is your responsibility to be ready to leave at the departure city at the specified day and time. We are not responsible for any losses due to cancelled or missed flights, changed flight itineraries, late arrivals, or early departures.

c) It is my responsibility to strictly complying with all local laws, respecting customs and culture, adequately assessing my abilities, respecting other participants’ privacy, and if on a guided trip following the suggestions and advice of the guide.

d) I agree to do nothing to interfere with the re-delivery of the Yacht on the date and time as agreed between the parties. If the Charterer interferes with the re-delivery of the Yacht as aforesaid, they shall be liable for the sum twice the pro rata Charter Fee for every day or part thereof by which redelivery is delayed.

e) I agree to take all reasonable care of the Yacht and its equipment.

f) I ensure that any bonded stores or other merchandise which may already be aboard the Yacht, or may be brought aboard the Yacht during the Charter, are cleared through Customs before being taken ashore, if required by the laws and regulations.

g) If I commit any offense contrary to the laws and regulations of any country which results in any member of the crew of the Yacht being detained, fined or imprisoned, or the Yacht being detained, arrested, seized or fined the Charterer shall indemnify the Owner against all loss, damage and expense incurred by the Owner as a result, and the Owner may, by notice to the Charterer, terminate this Agreement forthwith.

h) It is also specifically understood that the possession or use of any illegal drugs or any weapons (including particularly firearms) shall be sufficient reason for the Owner to terminate the Charter forthwith without refund or recourse against the Owner.

i) Aboard the ship, it is understood that smoking is not allowed inside the yacht, and is only allowed in the area designated by the crew, and children are to be under the direct supervision of an adult in the charter party at all times and are not the responsibility of the crew.

j) I agree to pay the cost of repairing or replacing property damaged or destroyed by myself or members of my party (other than normal wear and tear) plus a 15% administrative fee, determined in our reasonable discretion, in the event of negligence resulting in damage to our property.

k) It is my responsibility to inform the Owner about any special needs for their guest’s regarding allergies, dietary restrictions or anything else prior to the charter departure.

l) I am responsible for providing my own recreational equipment such as kayaks, surf boards, stand up paddles, bicycles, skis, snow shoes, snorkeling or freediving gear, hiking poles, mountain climbing gear, etc.; and the place in which the guest’s supply their equipment from is where the liability for any damages or accidents occurred from/to the equipment will be applied. We are not responsible for the equipment that the Charterer’s guests bring onboard.

m) Scuba diving is not permitted, unless a certified scuba diving center charter’s the yacht.

n) Pets are not allowed onboard.

 

7. TOURS

  1. During the tour, you are likely to find windy, snowy, dark or cold conditions outside.  Please prepare for this and dress accordingly.

  2. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, as such, their sighting cannot be guaranteed.

  3. Wild animals such as whales are unpredictable, and as such, their sighting cannot be guaranteed.

  4. It is prohibited to bring on board any firearms, fireworks, explosives, hazardous substances, illegal drugs, weapons or unaccounted alcohol.

  5. Nothing may be thrown over-board.

  6. Our vessel has nice wooden decks and flooring. We therefore ask our guests to avoid wearing shoes with particularly sharp heels or spikes.

  7. Tour Conclusion: The Vessel shall be vacated within 30 minutes of docking. You must remove all property brought on-board, and shall leave the Vessel in reasonably clean condition.

 

8. INSURANCE AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

WSE recommends that all our passengers have cancellation and/or travel insurance.  WSE purveys insurance from GARD AS.  The yacht insurance does not include personal travel insurance which advisable should be taken out by all members of the charter group.  We cannot assume responsibility for forgotten or abandoned items. The Company disclaims any liability for loss of life, damage to a person or item (intentionally or otherwise) which may be validly depreciated or any other loss due to an accident or breakdown pursuant to the Norwegian Maritime Code.

 

9. PHOTOS & VIDEOS

WSE owns full copyright of any photos or videos taken by WSE during our tours.  We may publish video footages of you.  Should you not wish to have any photo or video of you to be published nor taken, please inform the crew and do not pose for our photographers.

 

10. PRIVACY POLICY

To process your booking, WSE requires some basic information.  This may include name, address, special needs/dietary requirements etc.  We take precautions to ensure that your information is not misused, however, we may pass on required information to third parties who are involved in your travel plans.  This may include hotels, ships, airlines, port companies, etc.  Information can also be given to credit companies and government authorities, if required.  We never give this type of information to private individuals or companies that are not directly responsible for some part of your trip.  This applies particularly to sensitive information that you give to us, such as details about disabilities, special dietary requirements or religious needs. If you do not accept that we pass on this type of information, we reserve the right to reject your booking. Be aware that if you use one of our agents/travel agencies, it is the agent’s protection of privacy procedures that will apply. WSE is not responsible for privacy protection in any other company.  If you would like a copy of the information we have registered about you, you are welcome to get in touch with us.  WSE can in some cases also be interested in getting in touch with you by regular mail, e-mail and/or phone with news, information, special offers and market reviews. If you do not wish to be contacted in these cases, we ask you to inform us at: info@worldseaexplorers.com.

 

11. EJECTION FROM TRIP DUE TO DISTURBANCE OR VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

In the event that a guest’s actions cause constant disturbance and/or danger to themselves, other guests, wild animals, the environment, local people, staff, management or crew, and the guest does not adhere to instructions given by the crew or Captain, Owner and Captain have the right to remove the guest from the vessel to other accommodations or transferring the guest to the Police and the guest's trip further is canceled, in such a situation the guest is responsible for all costs this entails. No refunds will be given in such cases.

 

12. CRUISING AREA

The Charterer shall restrict the cruising of the Yacht to within the Cruising Area and to within regions in the Cruising Area in which the yacht is legally permitted to cruise. The Charterer shall also restrict time under way to an average of 12 hours per day, unless the Captain, in his sole discretion, agrees to exceed this time. We do not warrant the yacht’s comfort in bad weather conditions for all cruises or passages within the Cruising Area.

 

13. CAPTAIN’S AUTHORITY

The Captain shall comply with all reasonable orders given to him by the Charterer regarding the management, operation and movement of the Yacht, wind, weather and other circumstances permitting. The Captain shall not, however, be bound to comply with any order which, in the reasonable opinion of the Captain, might result in the Yacht moving to any port or place that is not safe and proper for her to be in, or might result in the Charterer failing to re-deliver the Yacht upon the expiration of the Charter Period, or would in the reasonable opinion of the Captain, cause a breach of Section 6 and/or any other section of the Agreement. Further, without prejudice to any other remedy of the Owner, if, in the reasonable opinion of the Captain, the Charterer or any of their Guests fail to observe any of the provisions in Section 6 and if such failure continues after the Captain has given due and specific warning to the Charterer in writing in respect of the same, the Captain shall inform the Owner and the Owner may terminate the Charter forthwith or instruct the Captain to return the Yacht to the Port of Re-Delivery and upon such return the Charter Period shall be terminated. The Charterer and their guests shall disembark, the Charterer having settled all outstanding expenses with the Captain beforehand and the Charterer shall not be entitled to be refunded any of the Charter Fee. The Captain shall have the authority to prohibit the use by the Charterer or any or all of the Guests from use of any particular equipment (ex. the small tender boat) if, in their reasonable opinion, they are not competent to operate such equipment, are behaving in an irresponsible manner, or are failing to show due concern for other persons when operating this equipment.

 

14. ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND COMPLETE RELEASE OF LIABILITY

I know and fully understand that sailing on any type of sailing vessel, as well as all associated activities such as but not limited to swimming and snorkeling, are outdoor adventure activities in an aquatic environment with inherent risks and hazards where serious accidents can occur. These risks and hazards include, but are not limited to falls overboard, slips or falls at any time while boarding, disembarking, or on-board, any injury or accident occurring while traveling in a dinghy/tender. I fully understand that the Yacht has limited medical facilities and that in the event of illness or injury, appropriate care must be summoned by radio and treatment will be delayed until the patient can be transported to a proper medical facility. By agreeing to our booking terms & conditions and release of waiver & liability, you explicitly acknowledge and agree that the terms of this agreement shall serve as a complete release and express assumption of risk for yourself, all members of your family and all minors traveling with you, your and their heirs, legal and personal representatives, next of kin, successors and assigns; and willingly assume all risks and hazards related to, arising out of, or associated to your participation in our tours and voluntarily agree to discharge, and hold harmless WSE, its members, owners or employees, from any and all claims of liability.

 

15. KNOWING AND VOLUNTARY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I have had sufficient time to read this entire agreement. I have carefully read and understand the provisions and legal consequences of this agreement, and I voluntarily agree to all of its terms and conditions. 

 
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