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Captain Cook Cruises - 4 Nights Outback Heritage Cruise 2014 - 2015

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Murray Princess Riverboat

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Daily Rates shown below are in AUD Per Person
Valid 01 April 2014 - 31 March 2015

Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Stateroom
Twin Share $1299 $1645 $2049
Sole Occupancy $1536 $2056 $2561
Triple Share N/A $1,315 $ 1645
Barossa Valley Tour $149 $149 $149

Honeymoon & Anniversary
Bonus Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in room on arrival.

Double Beds
A surcharge of $50 per room per night applies to all Inside Cabins and Outside Cabins
with a double bed (Note a double bed is standard in all Staterooms). 

Solo Sailors - Sole Occupancy fares for single travellers represent a maximum of 25% surcharge on twin share Cabin & Stateroom rates

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change,
and to currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted



4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise

Highlights
• Upriver focus through gorges & farmlands
• Vineyard & cellar door tasting
• Woolshed show & BBQ
• Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park
• Guided nature walks & eco-tours

This cruise takes you north on the great Murray River from the historic riverport of Mannum to Blanchetown. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive farmlands.

Adelaide Coach Transfers & Mannum Car Parking: Complimentary return coach transfers are available from/to Mercure Grosvenor Hotel if booked in advance. Complimentary car parking is also available at Mannum subject to availability – bookings essential.

Cruise departs Mannum Monday 4.30pm. Returns Mannum Friday 9.00am
Coach Transfer departs - Adelaide Monday 1.30pm Central Bus Station (85 Franklin St), 1.45pm Stamford Plaza (150 North Terrace) & 2.00pm Mercure Grosvenor Hotel (125 North Terrace).
Returns Fri 12.00noon-12.30pm Optional Post-cruise Barossa Valley tour returns Adelaide 5.30pm

Sample Itinerary
Monday:
Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads upriver while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a Welcome Dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Caurnamont, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hair-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked egrets and many other species. (Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls).
Tuesday:  
Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of the 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon we moor near Salters Station for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter’s vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at his cellar door. Tonight is fancy dress on board (bring your own or hire one). We also have our famous musical quiz
Wednesday:
After breakfast cruise upriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town was first settled in the 1850s and was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River. Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum - a must for every visitor.

Cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by or enjoy a lifestyle and info-cruising presentation. We arrive at Sunnydale. All ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then, of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue - cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour by tractor and cart is available after dinner.
Thursday:
After breakfast the ship cruises slowly downstream past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. We return to the ship to cruise downriver to Younghusband. Along the way, adventure seekers can also take a speed boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

Friday:
After breakfast, PS Murray Princess arrives at Mannum where we reluctantly say farewell.
Optional Barossa Valley Tour (additional cost)
Discover Australia’s richest and best known wine making region – the Barossa Valley. Depart Mannum by coach. The tour includes three premium wineries, lunch and free time in Tanunda before returning directly to Adelaide approx. 5.30pm. Drop off is available at Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.
Note: Sample itinerary only and subject to change due to weather, water levels and other operational requirements. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to amend itineraries and tours without notice.

Included in Cruise
Every cruise includes
on-board accommodation, all meals, morning and afternoon teas, tea and coffee available at all times, use of snorkelling equipment, masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits, guided glass-bottom boat coral viewing and snorkelling excursions, presentation by Marine Biologists, access to islands, marine and national parks, use of comprehensive range of library and video resources, an introductory SCUBA experience for first time divers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all buffet style.

Not Included in Cruise

Prices exclude
pre and post cruise transfers, shore excursions and entrance fees in Cooktown, bar and ship purchases, ship to shore telephone and facsimile calls, costs associated with SCUBA diving and Government EMC (approx $16.50 pp).

NOTE: Fuel Surcharge of $10.00 per person per night (under 3 years free of charge)

Adelaide Coach Transfers & Mannum Car Parking
Bookings Essential. Complimentary return coach transfers depart the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide Fri/Mon at 2.00pm and return Fri/Mon 12noon. Optional post-cruise Barossa Valley tour returns Adelaide 5.30pm. Complimentary car parking is also available at Mannum subject to availability.

Early Booking Saver (EBS) Availability & Discounts
Book early to secure Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares which represent discounts of up to 10% on selected Brochure Fares. EBS fares are capacity controlled. Captain Cook Cruises has set aside cabins which are available at these discounted fares. Once these cabins are sold, fares may revert to a higher fare or the full Brochure Fare. Savings apply to cruise fares only - they do not apply to other fees/charges including but not limited to transfers, shore excursions, fuel surcharges, government taxes or other fees as applied from time to time. 


General Conditions
Per person prices in Australian Dollars (AU$). Children 0-2 years free of charge in existing bedding however not recommended. Special prices, itineraries and conditions apply on selected special event cruises. Cancellation charges apply. Prices exclude any levies or surcharges such as credit card surcharges, Environmental Management Charge or Onboard Charges such as fuel surcharges as applied from time to time. All rates are inclusive of Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST 10%) at the current legislated rate (July 2009) and may be subject to variation by the Government of the day. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to increase fares without prior notice, however fully paid guests will be protected at their booked rate, except for fuel surcharges, government taxes or other surcharges. Fares may be subject to change due to fuel price fluctuations.

Cancellations & Refunds
All cancellations are subject to an AU$50 administration fee per person. Cancellation fees, less the administration fee, may be applied to another cruise if completed within 12 months of original booking.

Cancellations received inside 60 days of sailing will be subject to cancellation charges at the following rates:

• within 30-59 days – $200pp deposit
• within 15-29 days – 70% of fare
• 14 days or less – 100% of fare
• no-shows at sailing – 100% of fare

Special cancellation and payment policies apply to groups of 15 or more.
It is strongly recommended that passengers take out cancellation and travel insurance from the time of deposit. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary passports and visas.

For your comfort it may be necessary to amend itineraries or arrangements due to weather or other operational needs. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to vary fares, cabin allocation, itineraries, vessels, schedules and conditions of cruise without notice.

PASSENGERS CRUISE CONTRACT

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please carefully read the terms of this Cruise Contract. The terms are an integral part of the contract
between passengers and the Company. When your booking/ticket is confirmed, it will be deemed at all times that you have read, understood and accepted the conditions hereof, and agreed to the terms herein contained. Attention is particularly drawn to the Company’s right to exemption and limitation of liability.

THE CONTRACT:
Upon payment of the fare for the agreed cruise described on the passenger ticket and the Company’s
brochure and subject to the other terms of this contract, Captain Cook Cruises agrees to accept the passenger or passengers named in the passenger ticket.


DEFINITIONS:
(a) “Passenger” means anyone buying the passenger ticket or using it as a passenger, or anyone named on the ticket. (b) “Carrier” includes the Company and the vessel named on the passenger ticket, her owners, charterers and operators, any substituted or connecting vessel and all launches and vehicles belonging to the vessel or owners or operated by any of the above. The Company is not a common carrier. (c) “Sea” means the waterways of the Great Barrier Reef, Murray River, Fijian Islands, Sydney Harbour or such other places as the Carrier may from time to time select. (d) “Sailing” shall mean and include the time the passenger embarks on his/her cruise until the cruise is completed.


GENERAL PROVISIONS:

  • (a) Your authority to agree. In buying the passenger ticket you state that you are authorised by or on behalf of any passenger listed on the ticket (including any minor) to agree to all the terms of this contract.
  • (b) No transfer. This contract is between the Carrier and the passenger. It cannot be sold, assigned or transferred to any other person without prior express written consent of the Carrier.
  • (c) No third party responsibility. This contract is only with the Carrier. No other person or Company shall be responsible in any way to the passenger.
  • (d) Limitations apply if third party is held responsible. However if any other person or Company is held responsible, all benefits, limitations, exemptions from liability, defences and immunities referred to in this contract or under law or treaty or from any other source apply to such persons or Company and their vessels, agents, servants and employees.
  • (e) Contract continues. This contract remains in effect for all periods when the Carrier is under any responsibility to the passenger or the passenger’s property.
  • (f) No oral changes. No addition, variations, or waiver of any of the printed terms of the contract can be effective unless it is expressed in writing and signed by the Carrier or its Authorised Agent. Any changes must refer to the passenger and ticket Number. Any waiver by the Carrier of any of its rights under this contract, or failure to assert or enforce such right, cannot affect any other rights of the Carrier. It will not affect even the same right if and when the Carrier may decide to apply that right.
  • (g) Invalid terms or applications do not affect remainder. If any term of this contract or any application are found invalid or unenforcable, this contract shall continue in full force and effect for all other purposes.


PASSAGE MONEY:

  • (a) Payment of fare. The fare agreed between the passenger and the Carrier shall be payable as follows:
    (i) Two hundred dollars (Australian) deposit at the time of booking;
    (ii) Balance of fare at least sixty days prior to sailing date.
  • (b) Increases. The validity of fares are detailed in the Company’s brochure.
  • (c) What is covered. The fare as agreed shall include cruise passage, food and accommodation while onboard.
    The fare does not include Gratuities, Drinks, Wines, Liquors, Gift Shop purchases, Shore excursions, Miscellaneous extras or other personal needs, or medical care. Payment for all additional goods and services must be made in cash or by credit card upon demand by the Carrier prior to the passenger’s disembarkation.


NO STOPOVERS OR DISEMBARKATION AT INTERMEDIATE POINTS WITHOUT APPROVAL: FAILURE TO MAKE SAILING:

  • (a) Unauthorised disembarkation. If the passenger interrupts the cruise and disembarks at an intermediate
    port or place without prior agreement or the written approval or permission of the Carrier, its servants or agents, the passenger does so at the passenger’s own risk and expense. No refunds will be made in such cases.
  • (b) Failure to make sailing. If the passenger misses any sailing of the vessel from any port, the Carrier shall
    not be liable for any costs, expenses or damages incurred by the passenger as a result thereof.


ACCOMMODATION: NO PETS OR ANIMALS:

  • (a) Adherence to rules. All passengers must abide by all rules and regulations of this contract. Any questions a passenger may have shall be directed to the Carrier’s General Agent or to the master onboard the vessel or his representatives.
  • (b) Accommodation. Accommodation shall be designated by the Carrier, his servants or agents and shall be paid for at the regular rate for such accommodation
  • (c) Involuntary disembarkation of passenger. The Carrier may refuse to transport and may disembark any passenger at port at any time, due to illness, disease, injury, mental problems, vulgar or improper conduct, abuse of alcohol or drugs, refusal to obey regulations, or whose presence in the opinion of the master may be detrimental to the comfort or safety of other passengers, the vessel or the crew. The Carrier shall not be liable for any expenses incurred in declining to carry a passenger or for the involuntary disembarkation of a passenger.
  • (d) No pets. Pets and other animals are not allowed on the vessel.



PASSENGER HEALTH: CARRIER NOT LIABLE FOR MEDICAL CARE OR EXPENSES WHATSOEVER:

  • (a) Passenger is fit for the cruise. The passenger warrants that he or she is physically fit and capable of undertaking the agreed cruise. The Carrier in its sole discretion may require a Doctor’s Certificate from any passenger in that regard. A certificate of Fitness to Travel is required from all passengers over 75 years of age.
  • (b) Consent to treatment. If, in the opinion of the Carrier, a passenger is in need of medical assistance and is unable to request it, the passenger hereby consents to the Carrier making such medical arrangements as it deems necessary, at the cost of the passenger.
  • (c) Passenger’s obligation to report medical conditions. The passenger must report any pre-existing illness, disability or pregnancy or any other conditions for which the passenger may require medical attention during the course of the voyage to the Carrier or its General Agent before the passenger ticket is issued. If any such condition arises after the ticket is issued it must be reported to the Carrier, its servants or agents before boarding or as soon as such illness
    or disability is known. Failure to report any such condition shall completely absolve the Carrier, its servants or agents from all or any liability in respect of such condition.
  • (d) Lack of obligation to examine passenger. The Carrier does not have any obligation to examine any passenger prior to boarding or sailing for any purpose, and the Carrier relies entirely on the passenger’s warranty as to fitness herein before referred to
  • (e) Refusal of passage. The Carrier reserves the right to refuse passage to a passenger who has failed to give proper notice of physical disability, illness or handicap requiring special care, attention or treatment or who in the Carrier’s opinion is physically or mentally unfit for travel. In such event the fare will be refunded at the sole discretion of the Carrier, and the Carrier shall be entitled to deduct any expenses associated therewith. (f) Treatment at passenger’s risk. Subject to the foregoing, any medicines, surgical attendance or medical treatment furnished by a qualified Doctor or Medical service personnel (all of whom are engaged as independent contractors) designated by the Carrier
    or the ship’s officers or other servants of the Carrier, shall be and are accepted at the passenger’s sole risk, and the Carrier shall not be responsible for the quality, nature or consequence thereof.


CARRIER’S RIGHT TO CANCEL, SUBSTITUTE VESSELS AND CHANGE SCHEDULES AND PORTS:

  • (a) Changes in vessels. The Carrier may at any time, without notice, cancel or change the date of sailing, or substitute vessels. The passenger shall have no claim against the Carrier by reason of any cancellation, change or delay of sailing or arrival, for hotel or board bills, travelling expenses or other loss, delay, inconvenience or expense Whatsoever. The Carrier will refund the fare paid if and only if the passenger does not subsequently take passage on the delayed vessel or any substituted vessel of the Carrier. The provision of this section may only be waived by the Carrier.
  • (b) Approximate schedules. Sailing schedules and times of arrival and departure may be altered at the discretion of the ship’s master or Carrier due to unforeseen circumstances. Any costs of food and accommodation ashore are
    the sole responsibility of the passenger.
  • (c) Deviations. The vessel and her master shall have the liberty to; without pilots, *tow and assist vessels, including those of the carrier in all situations, *deviate from the usual, advertised or scheduled route, * put back to or into, or to call or stop, or omit to call or stop at any port or place, on land or at sea in or out of the route of the usual, advertised
    or scheduled voyage, even though doing so may involve going backwards or away from the port of destination. These things may be done for any reasons which are sufficient in the judgement of the Carrier or the master, including but not limited to, offering or rendering assistance in every effort to preserve life or property.
  • (d) Government and underwriters’ orders. The vessel and the master shall have liberty to comply with all orders given by competent governmental authorities and the underwriters of the vessel and the Carrier.
  • (e) Interruption of voyage. (i) Acts of God etc. If the vessels’ voyage is interrupted or if the vessel is unduly delayed or
    prevented from proceeding in the ordinary course by – *acts of God, *perils of the sea, harbours, rivers or other navigable waters, *act of government or ruling authority, *epidemics, *collision, *stranding, *fire, *faults or errors of navigation or management of this or any other vessel, *seizure of the vessel under legal process, *any abrupt or unexpected increase in the cost of fuel or shortage of fuel, *war, *hostilities, *riots, *strikes or labour stoppages, or *any other cause or circumstance beyond the Carrier’s responsibility and control. The Carrier shall have the right to terminate the vessel’s voyage at any time without notice and for any reason whatsoever. In that event the Carrier may (at its absolute discretion, of which it shall be the sole judge) refund such proportionate part of the fare.
  • (f) Indemnity by passenger. The Carrier shall have the right to be indemnified by the passenger for all penalties, fines, charges, losses and expenses imposed upon or incurred by the Carrier or the vessel because of the passenger, or a minor or any other person in the passenger’s care.

REGULATIONS CONCERNING BAGGAGE & PERSONAL PROPERTY:

  • (a) Baggage means only trunks, handbags, valise, satchels and bundles, containing wearing apparel and personal
    effects.
  • (b) Limitation of shipments and liability. The Carrier does not undertake to carry as baggage any merchandise, samples, furniture, household goods, tools of trade, property belonging to any person other than the passenger, pictures, perishable goods, glassware, liquids, bric-a-brac, money, documents or valuables. The passenger states no such articles are or will be contained in any receptacle or container presented as baggage.
  • (c) If any such baggage or articles as referred to in (a) and (b) above are shipped
    by the passenger as baggage, the Carrier shall have no liability as bailee or carrier or in any other capacity, either for negligence or otherwise.
  • (d) Allowable weight or cubage. Each passenger is allowed free transportation of hand baggage not exceeding 0.5
    cubic metres in volume. Each additional piece will be charged for at the Carrier’s current rate.
  • (e) Marking of baggage. Each piece of baggage shall be marked with the full name and address of the passenger. The Carrier shall not be liable for loss, damage or delay resulting from the passenger’s failure to mark each piece of
    baggage plainly as directed.
  • (f) Hazardous items. The passenger shall not place in baggage firearms, inflammable matter of any kind such as matches, gunpowder, cartridges, films etc. Such articles may be thrown overboard or destroyed at any time without liability. Should loss, damage or delay to the vessel, or her cargo, or to any of the passengers, the crew, or other persons onboard, be caused by dangerous articles brought by the Passenger, the passenger shall be liable for the full amount of all resulting damage.
  • (g) Forbidden items. The passenger shall not bring onboard articles, the importation or exportation of which may be forbidden or which do not conform to the customs or police regulations and the laws of Australia and Fiji. Should this rule be violated, the passenger shall be held liable for all resulting fines, losses, damages or delays. (h) Liquor. State liquor laws prohibit passengers from bringing supplies of liquor onboard the vessel.
    (i) Unclaimed baggage. Baggage remaining unclaimed on arrival of the vessel will be stored at the passenger’s sole risk and expense.
  • (j) Valuables. The Carrier is not responsible for money, jewellery, documents and any other valuables which passengers keep on their persons, in their cabins or in their baggage.
  • (k) Insurance by passenger. The passenger is strongly recommended to obtain adequate insurance to cover
    his/her baggage and personal effects and all other risks.

LIMITATION ON CARRIER’S LIABILITY:

  • (a) No liability for certain events. The Carrier and the vessel shall not be liable for loss, death, or delay of, or injury to, any passenger or loss or damage or delay to his baggage, personal effects or other property, arising from: *acts of God, *public enemy, *government restraint, *riots, *strikes, *lockouts, *labour troubles, whoever may be the
    instigators thereof, *epidemic, *civil disturbances of whatever nature, *perils of the sea, harbours, rivers, or other navigable waters, *fuel shortages or abrupt and unexpected increase in fuel costs, *collision, *stranding, *fire, *theft, barratry, or any other crime by any person, *faults or errors of navigation or management of this or any other vessel, *explosions, *breakage of shafts or any defect or unseaworthiness in hull, machinery or appurtenances, equipment,
    furnishings or supplies of the vessel or launches or vehicles or any defect of the Carrier’s premises, at whatever time existing, *fault or neglect of pilots, tugs, regular members of the crew, agents, servants, independent contractors, *as particularly provided in Section 9 above, for the quality, nature or consequences of medical or surgical treatment, *any loss, damage or delay arising from inherent defect, quality or vice of the passenger’s baggage or personal effects or
    from the insufficiency, inadequacy or absence of baggage marks or of address or description of such baggage or effects. *Any loss or damage caused by delay in, or prevention of sailing, prolongation
    of the voyage, deviation or stoppage in transit, or from any calls at ports or departures from the regular course of the voyage permitted by the contract, *seizure of the vessel under legal process, *any act, omission, fault or negligence of this or any other passenger, *any other cause or circumstance beyond the control of
    the Carrier, whether or not of the kinds listed here.
  • (b) Limitation on Carrier’s liability with respect to baggage and personal property. This liability shall not exceed one hundred Australian Dollars in the event of loss, damage or delay to any of the passenger’s baggage or other property taken with him/her on the voyage.

 


 

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