Be aware that in addition to the travel provider's Terms of Service, DNA Tours GmbH/RiverCruiseKing.com charges a mandatory $90 cancellation processing fee for any cancellation.
2023 Uniworld US Terms & Conditions
We at Uniworld want to do everything we can to make sure your trip is enjoyable and worry-free. As part of that commitment, we are including the following information about your trip. By confirming the reservation with payment, the guest/travel agent acknowledges that they are aware of and will comply with these terms and conditions.
U by Uniworld Programs: Terms and conditions for our U by Uniworld programs may differ from those of our standard Uniworld programs. Unless otherwise noted, all terms and conditions herein are applicable to U by Uniworld bookings. When noted, any U by Uniworld terms and conditions will replace those for our standard Uniworld programs.
All fares are per guest in US dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. All applicable discounts are applied sequentially. Fixed savings amounts are deducted prior to applying any percentage-based discounts. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. Additional restrictions may apply. If you have purchased your transatlantic or transpacific air with Uniworld and/or you have purchased a cruise/tour package with Uniworld that includes air, your entire package price will be guaranteed at time of payment.
Reservations and Payments: A deposit of at least 10% of the cruise/tour fare (cruise/tour plus port charge plus pre and/or post land extensions, less applicable discounts), per person is required at time of booking. Final payment is due at least 120 days prior to departure. For new bookings, a courtesy hold of up to 72 hours is allowed but cannot extend past the final payment due date. For bookings made within 120 days of departure, full payment is due at time of booking. Reservations will be cancelled if payments are not received in a timely manner.
For all guests booking air travel with Uniworld, a separate nonrefundable airfare deposit of $450 per person is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of airfare deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. You may cancel your air within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund of the airfare deposit or the total amount paid for air if paid in full at time of booking.
Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; excess baggage charges; aircraft seat assignments; cost of passports and visas; taxes; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; meals not detailed in the itinerary; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.
COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES FOR UNIWORLD PROGRAMS:
COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES FOR U BY UNIWORLD PROGRAMS:
DNA TOURS GMBH / RIVERCRUISEKING.COM CHARGES $95 PER CABIN TO PROCESS CANCELLATIONS. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO ANY CANCELLATION PENALTY THAT UNIWORLD MAY CHARGE.
Cancellation Policy: We hope nothing will come between you and your Uniworld vacation. Should you need to cancel your booking or any portion of it, your cancellation must be received in writing. It will be effective on the date of receipt. These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that might be levied by your travel agent. There is no refund for unused services or for unused portions of the trip.
If you purchased a travel protection plan from Uniworld, you are eligible for a refund of your plan cost during the free look period, which is 10 days from the time you purchase the plan, provided: you are within 10 days of plan purchase, you have not started your trip, and you have not filed a claim. For complete details and descriptions of Uniworld travel protection plans please visit Travel Protection on Uniworld.com.
Cancellation charges, per person and based upon the date of cancellation, are as follows:
Cancellation Notice Received Before Cruise/Tour Start Date
Cancellation Charges Per Person
120 days or more
$200 per person for cruise/tour
119 – 90 days
20% of the fare**
89 – 60 days
35% of the fare**
59 – 30 days
50% of the fare**
Less than 30 days
100% of the fare**
100% of the fare**
**Fare is defined as the cost of any cruise, or land, element purchased from Uniworld. Port charges are refunded if cancellation is received prior to departure.
If air is cancelled one hundred and nineteen (119) days prior to departure or less, the full price of your air is non-refundable. Please see Airline Cancellations for details.
Deposit Protection program—5 Year Guarantee: Should your plans change and you cancel your booking one hundred and twenty (120) days or more prior to your cruise/tour start date, you will receive a credit of $200 per person, valid for up to five years from date of cancellation. This credit cannot be used as a deposit or insurance payment for a future booking and can only be used as a credit (no cash value). Only one credit per person can be applied to each cruise or cruise/tour booked, and is combinable with all current Uniworld promotions.
Revision Fee: A fee of $50 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision made to the reservation unless the change increases the value of the booking. A passenger name change and cruise/tour date change will be treated as a cancellation subject to our cancellation policy, and a new reservation must be made. Any revision to a booking may result in the loss of a confirmed airline reservation, Uniworld change fees (refer to the Air Travel change fees section for details), increased airfare, and any charges levied by the airlines, which will be payable by the passenger.
Air Cancellations: If you, as the Passenger cancel your air within 24 hours of booking you will receive a full refund of the amount paid for the airfare. After the first 24 hours, if you, as the Passenger, choose to cancel your air arrangements one hundred and twenty (120) days or more before departure, your air deposit will be non-refundable. If you choose to cancel your air one hundred and nineteen (119) days prior to departure or less, the full price of your air is non-refundable.
Airfare: Uniworld wants to help make your entire vacation smooth sailing, so we offer great values on airfares from most major cities in the U.S. Please contact your Travel Professional or Uniworld for the most up-to-date prices. As airfares and schedules are subject to availability, we encourage you to book early. Business Class flights may not be available for flight segments within the U.S. or Europe and may require travel in economy class. A separate non-refundable air deposit of $450 per person is due for the airfare booked in conjunction with a Uniworld cruise/tour and is required at the time air is booked. Upon receipt of air deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. You may cancel your air within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund of the cost of the airfare. Once air is booked and deposited, we may issue your air ticket at any time.
Air Travel Change Fees: If you, as the Passenger, change your air travel itinerary before your ticket is issued, you will be charged a $50 per person change fee (see Revision Fee). This charge will apply each time you make a change. If you change your air travel itinerary after your ticket is issued, you will be charged a $100 per person per change fee, and you will be responsible for any increase in airfare and/or penalties levied by the airline, which may be up to 100% of the air ticket value.
Airline Schedule Changes and Cancellations: If the airline notifies Uniworld of a major schedule change we will notify you or your travel agent by email. Changes in flight time or operating airline will not result in eligibility for reimbursement or reduced change fees should you not accept the schedule change offered by the airline.
If the airline cancels your flight(s) and is not able to protect you on alternate flight(s) Uniworld will attempt to secure new air for you and any fare differential will be yours to pay. Should you not accept the new air itinerary within the timeframe allowed the air will be released and we will issue a refund of the amount received for airfare.
Air Bookings and Restrictions: TSA regulations require us to collect your full first, middle and last names as they appear on your passport or government-issued ID, as well as date of birth and gender. This information is required before we can book your air. Uniworld is not responsible for denied boarding or reissue costs due to an incorrect name, date of birth, or gender information supplied to Uniworld. Flight itineraries provided prior to ticketing are subject to change without notice. Uniworld is not responsible for any inconvenience or any costs or fees incurred by delays, lost luggage, or disruption of air service. Flight itineraries provided are subject to change by the Air Carrier(s). We recommend you contact the airline within seven (7) days of departure to reconfirm your flights.
Seat Assignments and Special Services: Requests for seat assignments, special meals and special services must be made directly to the airline. Not all airlines offer pre-assigned seats; some may charge for pre-assigned seats and any additional charge imposed by the airlines will be at the guest’s expense. Seating is solely under the airlines' control, as are itinerary changes, flight delays and schedule changes. Some airfares used by Uniworld are not eligible for frequent flyer mileage or seat upgrades.
Complimentary Group Transfers: Complimentary group transfers are available between the airport and the ship/hotel on the day the cruise or cruise-tour begins, and between the ship/hotel and the airport on the day the cruise or cruise-tour ends, when flight arrival and departure times meet our published Transfer Guidelines. Please note, there may be a waiting period of two hours or more unless private car transfers have been purchased.
Private Car Transfers: Private car transfers for up to two guests per car are available between the airport and the ship/hotel on the day the cruise or cruise-tour begins, and between the ship/hotel and the airport on the day the cruise or cruise-tour ends, for guests whose flights fall within our published Transfer Guidelines.
Transfer Guidelines: Please visit our Arrivals, Departures & Transfers page to view the flight arrival and departure times that meet our transfer guidelines. If your flight arrangements arrive/depart outside of these parameters, you must make your own transfer arrangements. Guests making their own flight arrangements must provide their flight details to Uniworld no later than forty-five (45) days prior to departure to schedule their transfers. Uniworld will not be responsible for missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, or for missed cruise/trip days, or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing.
Baggage Fees, Baggage and Personal Belongings: Uniworld allows one (1) suitcase, one (1) carry-on bag, and one (1) personal bag (handbag, computer case, etc.) per person onboard our ships and motorcoaches. Airlines may have additional baggage restrictions and may impose additional fees for checked baggage and/or excess baggage (visit: iﬂybags.com). Additional taxes and surcharges may be collected by foreign government and non-government entities. Keep an eye on your baggage—it is your responsibility throughout the trip. Uniworld is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to baggage and/or personal belongings at any time during the cruise, or on included transfers and other transportation. A protection plan covering lost, stolen or damaged baggage is available through the Uniworld Travel Protection Plan.
Flights included as part of the cruise/tour itinerary: Should your itinerary include one or more flights within the region visited as part of your cruise/tour itinerary, such flights will be in economy class. Should passengers’ baggage exceed the airline’s limit, excess baggage fees may be levied and will be the passengers’ responsibility to pay (visit: iﬂybags.com)
Check-In and Check-Out Times: Please note that standard check-in and check-out times will apply regardless of flight schedules or transfer arrangements.
Mandatory Passenger Registration: Uniworld Guests are required to register for their cruise at my.Uniworld.com, and U by Uniworld guests are required to register for their cruise at my.UbyUniworld.com. There you can provide the following necessary information:
Documents: Provided full payment has been received on time and registration is completed, travel documents will be available to download in electronic format 21 days prior to travel from my.Uniworld.com (or my.UbyUniworld.com if applicable). Here, you’llalso find information about your cruise such as the point of embarkation, your accommodations, and answers to a host of FAQs. Guests booked on a U by Uniworld cruise can access their passenger registration on my.UbyUniworld.com.
Passport/Visa: A valid passport is required to travel on all Uniworld programs. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months after the scheduled return date of the trip. You should check with your Travel Advisor or the U.S. Consulate Service for information regarding necessary visas and other documentation. Non-U.S. citizens must contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements pertaining to your trip. Any visa(s) or other documentation required for a particular itinerary is the sole responsibility of the guest. Due to government-imposed security/immigration measures, passport information and emergency contact information are required for all passengers prior to release of documentation.
As a courtesy, Uniworld's website, www.uniworld.com in the “Already Booked” section, offers a link to a visa service company where you can obtain additional information. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility; Uniworld will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any passenger, or for any delays, damages and/or losses, including missed portions of your trip, related to improper travel documentation.
Travel Insurance Recommendation: We strongly encourage you to purchase travel protection when traveling with Uniworld. Should you choose to travel on Uniworld without travel insurance coverage you will need to acknowledge your agreement to take full responsibility for all expenses (trip interruption, trip delay, medical expenses, quarantine expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation) that may arise while traveling with Uniworld. Your cruise documents will not be released until the insurance acknowledgement section of the Passenger Information Form found on "My Uniworld" or "My U by Uniworld" has been completed. If you do not currently have travel insurance, please contact Uniworld or your travel advisor as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Visit www.uniworld.com/already-booked/travel-protection for more information about our travel protection options.
Itinerary Changes: You can count on the value of Uniworld’s experience and regional knowledge to make sure you enjoy your cruise/tour even when conditions beyond our control occur. The very nature of a river, its sources, and networks of bridges and locks, means that there will be times when weather or other conditions in a region require Uniworld to make adjustments and/or modifications to an itinerary. Although every effort will be made to keep itineraries, vessels, and hotels as they are shown in the brochure, Uniworld reserves the right to substitute itineraries, hotels or vessels. In such cases, we will do everything we can to make sure the locations visited, the excursions taken and the hotels or vessels offered are similar to the ones originally planned. Any changes to itineraries will not result in eligibility for a refund. Itineraries are subject to change without notice and may need to be altered specifically because of water levels, wind factors, or other conditions. Guests who choose to cancel or interrupt their cruise or cruise/tour due to an itinerary change will be subject to our standard Cancellation Policy.
Advanced, Cancelled, or Delayed Sailing: Uniworld reserves the right to cancel, advance, postpone or modify scheduled departure, return or itinerary dates, as well as locations, events and schedules, and may, but is not obligated to, substitute, vary, alter, reschedule, cancel and/or relocate any accommodations, vessels, modes of transportation and other aspects of the vacation. Uniworld is authorized to take these actions due to causes or circumstances of any kind or nature beyond Uniworld’s control, or causes or circumstances within Uniworld’s control that Uniworld deems to make such actions appropriate. Uniworld will not be liable for cancellation, delay, rescheduling or other adjustment or impact to a departure or itinerary, or other aspects of the vacation brought about due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond its control that prevent or interfere with any aspect of the cruise/tour, also including governmental and administrative actions. The company’s only liability will be to provide Passengers the amount it has received for the Contract in the form of a Future Travel Credit or at Uniworld’s discretion a refund of monies paid to Uniworld in connection with such cruise/tour. Uniworld is not responsible for other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or changes and is not liable for any cancellation or change costs or penalties incurred on other travel arrangements, including air tickets.
Stateroom Changes: If due to unexpected technical or other unforeseen circumstances, it becomes necessary to change a guest’s stateroom onboard, any change to stateroom category will result in eligibility for a refund equal to the fare difference between the category booked and the category of relocation.
Extensions/Land Tours: Uniworld reserves the right to reschedule and/or cancel land extensions or land tours if the minimum number of participants (20 people) is not met or for safety reasons. If you, as the Passenger, choose to cancel your pre- or post-cruise extension one hundred and nineteen (119) days or less before departure, then please refer to the Cancellation Policy section for the applicable cancellation policy and penalties that will be applied.
Security: Security is a major concern to all of us and the global situation is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the “Travel Advisories” put out by various governments, may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. Risks are involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties. You must accept these risks and assume responsibility for your own travel decisions.
Personal Responsibility and COVID-19: We have introduced enhanced hygiene protocols—for you, our other guests and our team members. More information can be found at uniworld.com/covid-faq.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), senior citizens and people with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Uniworld requires our guests to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 at the time of embarkation. Young children who are not eligible to be vaccinated based on their age will be exempt from this vaccination requirement, however they will be asked to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation.
With the situation changing rapidly, guests will also need to comply with any specific requirements imposed by governments, airlines, tour suppliers and venues which may differ from the above. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply at all times with these requirements. No refunds will be given if you are unable to undertake some or all of your cruise/tour due to your failure to comply with these requirements. Should you become ill while traveling with Uniworld you will be responsible for any costs associated with your illness such as medical care, quarantine accommodations, changes to airfare, and other travel expenses. Please ensure that your travel insurance covers these expenses, along with the cost of any missed portions of your trip, as they are your responsibility.
We ask that you please take personal responsibility for your well-being. This begins with packing any personal protective equipment and sanitizers you require.
In choosing to travel with Uniworld, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Full details of hygiene protocols can be found at uniworld.com/covid-faq. Let’s help keep each other safe and healthy.
Health and Mobility: The Company strives to provide a safe, enjoyable, and memorable travel experience for all passengers. The Company welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following:
Europe, Asia, India, and Egypt: Guests should be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older.
Peru: Guests must be 7 years of age or older. Guests under 21 must be booked in a cabin with someone who is 25 years of age or older, or traveling with a parent or guardian who is booked in a connecting suite. Some excursions may not be suitable for young children.
Please note: Our Generations program departures include programs and services designed for families traveling with children. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their safety and behavior onboard and onshore.
Smoking Policy: For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes.
Diets: Please advise the Uniworld reservation agent of specific dietary considerations and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please also indicate your needs when you complete the Passenger Information Form at uniworld.com.
Pets: Pets are not permitted on Uniworld trips.
ATTORNEY FEE PROVISION
This Agreement is deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles, California. The exclusive venue for any action concerning the interpretation, enforcement, or breach of any term, obligation, or duty as contained or related to these Terms and Conditions or any grievance relating to the cruise and/or tour shall be solely in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Van Nuys District.
This Agreement shall be construed according to the internal laws of California without regard to conflicts of law principles. All guest claims must be submitted in writing and received by Uniworld no later than 60 days after completion of the Uniworld vacation. Guest claims not submitted and received within this time shall be deemed to be waived and barred. In any legal action, arbitration, or other proceeding to enforce, interpret or construe the terms of this Agreement, or concerning any grievance relating to the cruise and/or tour, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover actual reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses.
Responsibility and Waiver: The responsibility of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. is strictly limited. Uniworld promotes and sells tour programs consisting of certain travel services on cruise ships (“Vessels”) or other modes of transport (“Transport”). Uniworld does not own or operate any of the Vessels/Transport. The owners, operators and charterers (“Suppliers”) of the Vessels/Transport are independent of Uniworld. Uniworld makes no representations or warranties concerning the Suppliers or the Vessels/Transport. Uniworld assumes no liability for any acts or omissions of any Supplier including, without limitation, those involving cancellation of tours/cruises, schedule changes, rerouting, delays, damage to or loss of baggage, property damage, equipment failures, accidents, death or injuries to persons regardless of cause, whether or not services are tendered or transportation provided are arranged through Uniworld. Accordingly, you will not have any right to claim or recover against Uniworld as a consequence of any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any Suppliers or the condition or operation of any Vessels/Transport. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the liabilities and obligations of the Suppliers to you and your rights against the Suppliers, are subject to any and all Terms and Conditions of the Suppliers’ contract of carriage and any and all governmental/jurisdictional laws and regulations bearing upon or otherwise relating to such rights, liabilities and obligations, including, without limitation, choice of law, jurisdiction of disputes, limitations of liability and limitations on the time to file claims. By utilizing the travel services of the Suppliers, you agree that you will look to such Suppliers for any accident, death, injury, property damage, or personal loss to you or to those traveling with you, and that neither Uniworld nor any representative of Uniworld shall have any liability whatsoever.
Additional risks and dangers may arise including, but not limited to, hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas, hazards of travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft and other means of conveyance, animal interactions, forces of nature, political unrest, other unrest, hazardous local customs and practices, differing levels of sanitation, differing standards of safety, risks associated with water, food, plants, insects and differing animal regulation, accident or illness in areas lacking means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities, and acts of national and local governments and unrest and acts of others against governments. These risks are not an exhaustive list but are examples of many kinds of risks. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge that there are significant dangers involved, and you hereby agree to accept any and all risks. As lawful consideration for the agreement with Uniworld to participate in such trips and activities you agree you will not make a claim against Uniworld, its related companies or its personnel or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death, property loss or damage or other loss, cost or expense, however caused, as a result of or related to your contracting for, traveling to or from, or in any and every other way participating in the trip. You release Uniworld, its related companies and its personnel from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from contracting for, traveling to or from, and in any and every way participating in a trip. This release of liability and assumption of risk agreement is entered into on behalf of you and all members of your family and party, also including minors accompanying you. This agreement also binds your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.
California Seller of Travel Law: Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. is a registered seller of travel in the State of California, CST #2075415-20, and is a participant in the Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute an approval by the State of California. A complete explanation of your rights under the California Seller of Travel Law can be found at oag.ca.gov/travel.
Omissions: Uniworld is not responsible for omissions, printing and/or presentation errors in brochures, on Internet sites, or in any other media where such information may be presented; Uniworld reserves the right to make corrections as required.
Agreement: The payment of a deposit and/or the issuance of tickets or vouchers shall be deemed your consent to the Terms and Conditions as presented herein. It is specifically agreed that this agreement is entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and in the event any legal or equitable action is initiated concerning the interpretation, enforcement, or breach of any term, obligation, or duty as contained or related to these Terms and Conditions, the exclusive venue for such action shall be solely in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Van Nuys District. This agreement shall be construed in accordance with California law without regard to conflicts of law principles.
Time of Publishing: The Terms and Conditions listed are those in effect at the time of printing and remain in effect until replaced. These Terms and Conditions replace all previous versions.
YOUR CRUISE TICKET CONTRACT: Transportation aboard the ship is provided solely by the Suppliers (ship owners and charterers) pursuant to the Terms and Conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract that you will receive prior to embarkation. A copy of the Passenger Ticket Contract will be provided with your final documentation or earlier, upon request, or can be viewed on our website at uniworld.com . Please note the Passenger Ticket Contract includes a clause specifying the courts of Basel, Switzerland as the exclusive forum for resolving disputes. The Passenger Ticket Contract is governed by the laws of Switzerland and is subject to limitations of liability and time limits for making claims under the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974 (“Athens Convention”) and the International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 (“1976 Convention”). Where the terms of this Contract conflict with any applicable mandatory provision of law or international convention, including, where applicable, the Strasbourg Convention on the Limitation of Liability in Inland Navigation, 2012 (the “CLNI Convention”), the provisions of that law or convention prevail. Copies of applicable Conventions are available on request.
The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program: Uniworld River Cruises, Inc., shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with other affiliates of The Travel Corporation which, as an Active Member of the USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc., customers in the unlikely event of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc., bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Uniworld River Cruises, Inc. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting their website at USTOA.com.