Terms and Conditions

PLEASE READ THIS.   IT CONSTITUTES PART OF YOUR CONTRACT FOR YOUR TRIP AND ANY RELATED SERVICES.  PLEASE CALL US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Please thoroughly review these terms and conditions of Modern Romance Travel and www.modernromancetravel.com. The booking passenger (the person filling out the reservation form or making the booking) of this notice will be the only recipient of this booking receipt and terms and conditions. It is the sole responsibility of the booking passenger to inform all other parties traveling of the contents of these terms and conditions. The booking passenger, by accepting this receipt and making payment to Modern Romance Travel, acknowledges that they have been advised of, reviewed, and hereby accept these terms and conditions and contract for travel related services.

PASSPORTS: Everyone, including children and infants, must have a valid passport to travel internationally (not the Passport Card). Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding, no refund, no exceptions. Modern Romance Travel is not responsible for passports in any way. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months from your return date. Please take a moment now to check on your passport validity. If your passport expires within 6 months of your flight home, please be sure to get it renewed before your trip to avoid being denied boarding. 

BOOKING ACCURACY/LEGAL NAMES:  Passenger is required to verify the accuracy of the passenger’s LEGAL PASSPORT first, middle & last names listed on the invoice and travel documents. It is mandatory that guest names be identical to the names as they appear on passports, booking and travel documents. Penalties associated with name changes are the sole responsibility of the booking passenger. Passenger is required to immediately review all aspects of their booking to verify (but not limited to): passenger names, mailing address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, pricing, airfare, arrival/departure airports, accommodations, and organized activities on your booking receipt. Please notify Modern Romance Travel  immediately if any omissions and/or corrections are needed regarding the booking details. Passenger(s) voluntarily assumes full & sole responsibility for any and all risks and/or costs involved with failure to report such errors and/or omissions within 24 hours of booking. 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:  Passenger(s) assumes sole responsibility to independently confirm all documentation requirements for all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry and/or travel requirements of each destination. Passenger(s) assumes sole responsibility for, and hereby releases Modern Romance Travel  from any claims or responsibility for any and all damages incurred as a result of Passenger(s) failure to comply with applicable documentation requirements, including but not limited the requirement that all Passengers procure, and have on their person the proper travel documents at all times. Modern Romance Travel recommends the Passenger(s) consult with the appropriate domestic and foreign governmental agencies for the current document requirements. Please note, effective January 23, 2007 a valid passport will be the only acceptable document for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean.

TRAVEL ALERTS: It is the traveler's responsibility to educate themselves on current travel alerts including Zika by visiting http://travel.state.gov and/orhttp://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/.

Suggested reference materials for passport, visa, health requirements as well as travel advisories:

For US Citizens: http://travel.state.gov

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

US State Department Travel Warnings: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

US State Department Travel Alerts: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html

US Center for Disease Control for required vaccinations: http://www.cdc.gov/travel

Visa information for US citizens: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html

(examples of countries requiring Visas: Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Russia, & Turkey)

 For Canadian citizens: http://www.ppt.gc.ca

 *Note that this is not a comprehensive list of reference sites and is provided solely for your convenience.  These sites are owned and operated by third parties who may alter the URL at any time without notice. 

PAYMENTS: Modern Romance Travel’s suppliers accept Visa, American Express, Discover, and Mastercard.  Modern Romance Travel  holds reservations until “Deposit Due Date." If deposit/payment is not received by Modern Romance Travel  on or before the Deposit Due Date, reservations are automatically cancelled. Failure to remit final payments on or before the final payment date will automatically put your booking at risk of cancellation and will result in a $50 late fee. Please contact us immediately, and in advance of your payment due date, if you will be unable to meet this obligation. Without limitation, Passenger(s) voluntarily hold Modern Romance Travel harmless for cancellation of any booking for either late payment or declination of a credit card. Payments are only accepted through our online payment system. Payments are never automatic unless pre-authorized through the system. We cannot take phone payments, checks, back transfers or any other method of payment. 

PRICING: Prices and availability quoted by Modern Romance Travel are not guaranteed until deposit is fully paid. Pricing and availability may change without notice. Passenger agrees that Modern Romance Travel is not responsible for any errors or omissions in any quotes, advertisements, including on our website, resulting in inventory, content, or pricing discrepancies nor is Modern Romance Travel responsible for any errors or omissions that may occur as a result of incorrect information from third parties. Suppliers reserve the right not to honor any published prices that it determines were erroneous due to electronic, printing, or clerical error. You acknowledge this right and agree to hold Modern Romance Travel harmless for any actions or damages arising from Supplier pricing. Modern Romance Travel reserves the right to charge Passenger(s) for any increase in taxes, fees or surcharges (i.e. fuel). Passenger(s) acknowledge this right and agree to pay any such additional taxes, fees, and surcharge.

AIRFARE:

a. General Conditions Governing Air Transport

Airline tickets are highly restrictive, non-refundable, and non-transferable. Modification of passenger names, dates, times, routings, or departure/arrival airports is at the sole discretion of the airline and, if permitted, will likely be subject to a substantial change fee.  Passenger is responsible for any such fees.  With regard to the purchase of air tickets, Modern Romance Travel acts simply as an intermediary between you and the airline.  Once you book a reservation, your credit card or debit card will be charged for the amount shown – regardless of whether or not the reservation is used. Credit will not be given for any unused airline tickets and cannot be used toward any future bookings.

All tickets will be issued for economy class unless otherwise specified.  All travel will be round-trip unless otherwise specified.  Seat assignments are subject to the airlines policies and may not be able to be made until you are at the airport on the day of departure.  Airline tickets booked through Modern Romance Travel may not eligible to earn frequent flyer miles. You agree to confirm all bookings with the airline prior to the stated date of departure (Modern Romance Travel recommends confirming 72 hours and 24 hours prior).

Direct flights may be “non-stop” or may involve one or more stop-overs (in the latter case this means the same flight by the airline, because the flight number remains the same).  The same applies to connecting flights that may be subject to crew changes.  When you reserve a scheduled or charter flight involving a stop-over in a town, and the second flight takes off from different airport to the airport of arrival, ensure that you have sufficient time for reaching the second airport.  The journey to the other airport is at your own expense.  Modern Romance Travel will not be able to reimburse you for these costs, nor will it be liable if you miss the second flight.

Modern Romance Travel’s responsibilities in respect to air travel are limited by the relevant airline’s conditions of carriage.  The airline fulfilling your contract for carriage may change from the airline mentioned by Modern Romance Travel.  Modern Romance Travel is not able to specify the type of aircraft to be used by any airline.  If an airline cancels or delays a flight, you must work directly with the airline to ensure you arrive at your destination on or ahead of time. Modern Romance Travel will not provide any refund for Trips missed, in part or full.

b.  Prohibited Practices

You agree that you will not deviate from your booking by making any unscheduled stopovers.  Tickets may not be purchased and used at fare(s) from an initial departure point on the ticket which is before your actual point of origin of travel, or to a more distant point(s) than your actual destination being traveled even when the purchase and use of such tickets would produce a lower fare. This practice is known as “Hidden City Ticketing” or “Point Beyond Ticketing” and is prohibited.  The purchase and use of round-trip tickets for the purpose of one-way travel only, known as “Throwaway Ticketing” is prohibited.  The use two or more different tickets issued at round trip fares for the purpose of circumventing applicable rules (such as advance purchase/minimum stay requirements) commonly referred to as “Back-to-Back Ticketing” is prohibited.

Where a ticket is purchased and used in violation of these rules, Modern Romance Travel and the applicable air carrier have the right in their sole discretion to take all actions permitted by law, including but not limited to, the following:

1) Invalidate the ticket(s);

2) Cancel any remaining portion of your itinerary;

3) Confiscate any unused Flight Coupons;

4) Refuse to board you and to carry the your baggage;

5) Assess you for the actual value of the Ticket which shall be the difference between the lowest fare applicable to your actual itinerary and the fare actually paid;

6) Delete miles in your frequent flyer account and/or terminate your participation in the frequent flyer program;

7) Take legal action against you.

c. Loss of air tickets

You agree to safeguard your tickets and bear any and all costs related to loss of theft.  If you lose your air ticket or if your ticket is stolen, Modern Romance Travel advises that you immediately report it to the police and to the airline.

d. Luggage

Each airline has its own policy regarding luggage.  We recommend that you check with your airline ahead of time for any weight restrictions and additional charges relating to checked baggage. Luggage fees are not included with your travel package. You will be responsible for paying to the airline any additional charges for checked overweight baggage, including, but not limited to, golf bags and oversized luggage.  If you exceed the weight limit set by your airline, and excess weight is permitted, you must pay a supplement directly to the airline at the airport.

The airline is liable to you for the baggage you entrust to it only for the compensation contemplated in the international conventions and relevant statutes.  In the event of damage, late forwarding, theft or loss of luggage, you should contact your airline and declare the damage, absence or loss of your personal effects before leaving the airport, and then submit a declaration, attaching the originals of the following documents: the travel ticket, the baggage check-in slip, and the declaration.  Modern Romance Travel strongly recommends that you obtain an insurance policy covering the value of your items.

e. Limitation of Liability for Air Transport

IN ADDITION TO THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH ABOVE, YOU AGREE THAT Modern Romance Travel IS NOT LIABLE  FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO ANY AIRLINE TIMETABLE CHANGES, DELAYS, CANCELLATIONS, MISSED CONNECTIONS, MECHANICAL PROBLEMS, INCLEMENT WEATHER, SEATING REASSIGNMENTS, LOST/DELAYED BAGGAGE, SCREENING AND SECURITY DELAYS, REFUSED BOARDING OR FAILURE TO CHECK-IN PROPERLY.

f. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. For further information contact your airline representative. Please refer to the full list of TSA prohibited items at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:  “Accommodations” are defined as lodgings in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to travelers including, but not limited to, hotels, condos, quarters in cruise ships, motels, time shares, camp grounds, and resorts.

a. Accommodation classifications

The number of stars attributed to the hotels and other providers of accommodations quoted by Modern Romance Travel correspond to a classification established as a point of reference in accordance with local standards in the host country. Please be advised that accommodations and the “star” designations may vary from country to country.  The comments we make in our descriptions are based on our knowledge of the establishments and the comments we have received from customers. Modern Romance Travel makes no guarantee about the suitability or availability of accommodations, and if the particular accommodations sought are unavailable, we will do our best to reserve comparable accommodations, if possible.  However, you would bear any additional costs for upgrading the room or property.  We reserve the right, for technical reasons, in cases of force majeure or actions by third parties, to replace the planned hotel with accommodation of the same category offering equivalent services.  This would only be in exceptional circumstances and in such cases we will inform you as soon as we are aware of this necessity.

b. Taking possession of and vacating your room

Policies regarding taking possession of and vacating rooms often vary by hotel and/or country, so it is your responsibility to check with the hotel ahead of time to verify the relevant policies and times.  Modern Romance Travel is not responsible for any charges and damages resulting from your failure to timely take possession or vacate your room. Typical check in time is 4pm and check out time is 12pm. Early possession or late vacation of your room may result in fees charged by the hotel and are at the hotel's sole discretion and paid entirely by the passenger.

c. Types of room

Room classifications and amenities may vary by hotel and/or country, so it is your responsibility to check with the hotel ahead of time to verify the specific amenities offered at the time of your stay.  We do our best to keep you informed, but Modern Romance Travel makes no guarantee that its descriptions and photographs are an exact representation of the particular rooms offered.

d. Meals

These depend on the meal plan chosen / applicable.

•           All-inclusive.  This includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner and normal drinks (water, fruit juice, sodas, wines, local alcohol). Some alcoholic drinks may not be included and will be billed separately.

•           Full board.  This includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, but no drinks.

•           Half board.  This includes accommodation, breakfast and either dinner or lunch, but no drinks.

In the case of full board or half board, drinks are not included, unless specifically mentioned in the description.  In some countries drinking water is not always available, and any bottles of drinking water bought are therefore at the customer’s expense.  It is necessary to comply with the all relevant rules, particularly with regard to the opening hours of the restaurant(s) or bar(s), and the places designated for the consumption of meals and drinks.

e. Activities offered during your stay

An activity may not be appropriate for all ages or for individuals with certain medical conditions. Modern Romance Travel may not be held liable in the event of an incident or accident which is due to a lack of vigilance on your part.

It may happen that certain activities referred to in the Trip description are no longer provided by our local provider for climatic reasons, in the event of force majeure, during a stay out of the tourist season, or when the minimum number of participants required for providing a given activity is not reached (examples:  group sports, children’s clubs). In the early or late season some activities may not be available, some of the facilities (restaurant, swimming pool, etc.) may be closed, or maintenance work may be in progress.  As a general rule, entertainment and sports activities may vary in frequency depending on how many people are staying at the time and on climatic conditions.  Particularly during the high season it is possible that the number of parasols, loungers, sports equipment, etc., are insufficient for the demand.  The opening hours of bars, restaurants, and clubs, etc., may be irregular and dependent on the management of the establishment in question.  You agree that Modern Romance Travel is not liable for activities unavailable due to any of the reasons listed above.

The sports activities offered for collective participation are often organized by outside providers.  Any travel costs related to such activities are at the customer’s expense.  Similarly, these activities may be withdrawn at the discretion of the organizer if there is insufficient demand.  This will not give rise to any entitlement to compensation.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE USE OR ENJOYMENT OF AN ACTIVITY MAY BE HAZARDOUS AND INHERENTLY RISKY, AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, Modern Romance Travel SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH; LOST, STOLEN, DAMAGED OR DESTROYED PROPERTY; OR OTHER LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE AND OPERATION OF THE ACTIVITY, AND ALL ACTIONS OR EVENTS OCCURRING PRIOR TO, DURING, AT OR AFTER, THE ACTIVITY.

f. Infants

We ask parents travelling with infants to bring with them the appropriate food for their child, as they may not be able to find it at their destination.  You may be asked to pay a charge, for example for provision of a cot and/or for heating baby food and drinks. You should request this when making your reservation, though we cannot confirm the availability of such services.

g. Pregnant women

Modern Romance Travel advises pregnant women to consult their doctors before making any reservation, in order to confirm that it is appropriate for them participate in the Trip.   You agree that Modern Romance Travel will not be liable for any damages arising from inability to participate in any or all of the Trip due to pregnancy or related illness and no compensation will be payable under such circumstances.

h. Travelers with special needs or disabilities

If you have special needs or a disability you must call the provider of your accommodations ahead of time and verify that special needs can be met. Modern Romance Travel make no guarantee as to the ability of any accommodations, activity provider, or facilities advertised on its site to meet the special needs of disabled clients.  Modern Romance Travel has no special knowledge regarding the suitability for disabled persons of any portion of any tour or activity offered. For information concerning the suitability for disabled persons for any portion of any tour or other reservation, contact the supplier directly.

CANCELLATION POLICIES: All cancellations or no-shows are subject to penalties.  There are no refunds unless insurance (travel protection/travel insurance) has been purchased to cover your trip. If insurance has been purchased, refunds are subject to the insurance policy. Additionally, all booking cancellations, transfers to another Agency, or no-shows are considered cancellations and subject to a non-refundable $50 per person fee imposed by Modern Romance Travel. All cancellations MUST be in writing and sent to your Modern Romance Travel agent by email. Upon making the booking, Passenger(s) hereby accept & acknowledge liability for all cancellation fees imposed by Modern Romance Travel and the supplier. Cancellations are posted within 24 business hours of when the complete cancellation documents are received by Modern Romance Travel.  Your cancellation will be confirmed via email when processed. In the event that your agent cannot be reached, you must call the numbers provided in your travel documents to cancel your trip prior to departure. 

REVISION POLICIES:  Any changes made to a reservation is subject to the current pricing at the time of the change, and will incur a non-refundable $50 per person fee imposed by Modern Romance Travel on top of the new reservation cost. All revision requests MUST be in writing and sent to your Modern Romance Travel agent by email. Your revision will be confirmed via email when processed.

TRAVEL PROTECTION: Travel insurance protection is strongly recommended. As your travel agent, we have a professional responsibility to recommend the purchase of travel protection to protect both you and your vacation. While we do offer coverage through the tour operator/supplier we use to book your trip, please be aware that there are other third party insurance providers for you to consult with. We cannot compare all the policies or companies currently in the marketplace. This responsibility rests solely with you the customer and we advise you to do your research and find coverage that best fits your individual needs. Modern Romance Travel is limited to advising you of the need for such coverage.

NON DISPARAGEMENT: Modern Romance Travel encourages our clients to provide us feedback on our services along with our suppliers services.  Clients accepting these terms and our services agree that they will not disparage the company or any of its agents, officers. directors, or employees.  For purposes of this Section, "disparage" shall mean any negative statement, review, report or ranking, whether written or oral, about Modern Romance Travel and its companies, employees, officers, directors.  Such actions as stated are in breach of this non-disparagement agreement and entitles Modern Romance Travel to seek compensation for damages in the amount of $50,000 per instance.