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Terms and Conditions

Cruise Fares: 

All fares are quoted in US Dollars or Euro and are per person based on double occupancy. US $ cruise fares apply for US and Canadian passport holders and Euro rates apply for all other nationalities. 

Fares Include:

Shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation all meals and on board entertainment as specified in the cruise program selected. 

Fares do not Include:

Port charges, fuel surcharge, travel insurance, transfers, optional air/sea or land programs (unless noted), shore excursions, airport facility charges, taxes/fees, nor do they include items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, gift shop purchases, medical services, phone calls, Wi Fi charges etc. All onboard charges are in Euros.

Port Charges, Fuel Surcharge and Airport Taxes 

Port charges and fuel surcharge are in addition to the cruise fares. Payment for port charges must be made at the time the final payment is made.

Guarantee of Fares 

Passengers with confirmed bookings under deposit, or who have made final payment, shall be protected in the event of a price increase, except in the event of major exchange fluctuations or in case of exceptional rise of fuel costs or government new taxes requiring changes in port taxes or a fuel surcharge. However, excluding the above, Variety Cruises reserves the right to increase all prices for new bookings, without prior notice, including port charges, fuel surcharge, insurance and taxes/fees. 

Single Supplement Rates 

For single occupancy cabin reservations, a 30% to 75% single supplement is applicable for on the fare per person in twin cabin, depending on cruise program. Single space is capacity controlled. 

Deposit and Payment 

To secure your reservation, a deposit of 25 % of the cruise fare per person is required within 7 days of booking. Final payment is required 60 days prior to departure. All payments may be made by either check (US passengers only), Visa, Master Card, or American Express. All final payments by credit card requires the signature of the credit cardholder. Please make checks payable to Variety Cruises. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date. Group policies may differ.

Administrative Charge for Cruise and Land Tour 

An administration fee of 50$/35€ is required for any changes made to reservations including both a cruise and a pre or post land package. In addition, any costs incurred for changes in land arrangements will be the responsibility of the passenger. Sailing dates cannot be changed within the penalty period.

Cancellations and Refunds 

If a cancellation occurs, the following charges will apply:

Up to 120 days from embarkation € 100 / US$ 140—cancellation fees
119 to 90 days from embarkation 15% of the cruise fare
  89 to 60 days from embarkation 25% of the cruise fare
  59 to 30 days from embarkation 50% of the cruise fare
  29 to 00 days from embarkation 100% of the cruise fare
Cancellations must be confirmed by VARIETY CRUISES in writing in all cases.
Refunds will normally be made to the booking party. Variety Cruises can only be responsible for refunding amounts actually received. If cancellation fees are charged by pre/post hotels, or services suppliers they will be deducted from any refund made. No refunds will be made to passengers who do not board the ship or passengers who cancel after the start of the cruise. We recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
Child Reduction

Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount on the cruise fare per person in twin cabin. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. Port taxes are not discounted.

Cruise Itinerary Change, Sailing Cancellation and Vessel Substitution

Variety Cruises Ltd. reserves the right at its sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the ship, without liability for damages or refund of any kind, to deviate from the ship's advertised or ordinary itinerary or route, either this is caused by weather conditions - sailing is not permitted by port authorities in case of winds if 7 beaufort or more – or other extraordinary conditions. Such does not entitle passengers for any claims or refunds. Variety Cruises will however ensure that passengers access their port or disembarkation on time for their outwards flights. 

Variety Cruises guarantees all departures with a minimum participation of 12 passengers. In the unlikely event that such would be required, the cancellation of a departure will be notified at least 60 days prior to the sailing date and alternative sailing dates will be offered to the passenger.
Variety Cruises may for any reason whatsoever cancel any sailing at any time for reasons of force majeure or else and Variety Cruises's only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the cruise ticket and any other pre or post land tour or excursions package purchased from Variety Cruises.

Vessel Substitution

Variety Cruises may operate the cruise program with another vessel as long as this vessel is of the same or higher standard. Passengers offered a suitable alternative cruise program are not entitled to any refund.

Cruise Interruption

During the cruise should the vessel sustain any breakdown in machinery, or be disabled by fire, grounding or collision disrupting the cruise itinerary for more than 48 hours, and if no substitute vessel or arrangement is offered, passengers will be entitled to a refund proportional to the cruise days not operated. No further claims will be accepted. 

It is further recognized that Variety Cruises is a Greek Company, the vessels are of Greek registry, and it is agreed between Variety Cruises and contractual party that the interpretation of the terms and conditions will be resolved solely according to the Greek Laws in Greek Courts.
Independent Contractor / Limit of Liability 

Variety Cruises Ltd liability and responsibility does not extend beyond the vessel; any arrangements made by or for passengers either before boarding or when disembarking are at the passenger's own risk. Variety Cruises Ltd does not own or control any ground transportation or hotels. As a convenience to our passengers, Variety Cruises may sell tickets for shore excursions or arrange other services which are operated by independent contractors, but shall not be responsible in any way whatsoever for any damage, loss, injury or death arising.

Travel Insurance

Variety Cruises wants your trip to be worry-free. It can save you time and money, and provide greater peace of mind. Our Access America Tour Protection Plan is affordably priced and provides valuable coverage for your vacation. This plan provides protection for your non-refundable tour costs and cancellation fees should you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unforeseen circumstances. It also provides important medical benefits and assistance while travelling.                                                            

Coverage     Maximum Benefit Per Person
Trip Cancellation   Up to $50,000
Trip Interruption Up to $75,000
Emergency Medical & Dental Coverage $25,000
Emergency Medical Transportation $500,000
Baggage Loss/Damage $1000
Baggage Delay Coverage   $300
Travel Delay Coverage      $500
Missed Connection Coverage   $500
Collision Loss/Damage (optional)    Primary $35,000
24/7 Emergency Travel & Medical Assistance Included
Trip Protection Cost per person begins at $148 (based on age and total cost of trip). Call for exact price quote.
Kids are free! Travel insurance is provided, at no extra cost, to children who are under 18 years of age on the date of purchase of insurance and who are accompanied by their parent(s) or travelling with just their grandparents.
Purchase trip protection within 14 days of deposit and coverage for the following are covered:
  • Existing Medical Conditions Exclusions & Coverage
  • Supplier Default Coverage. Covers situations where a carrier, cruise line, tour operator or other travel entity goes into financial default.
Biz-Pac – a simple $24 add-on. Client who have to cancel or interrupt their trip due to business reasons are covered for their loss when they purchase this optional coverage.

Variety Cruises is rated 4.87 stars by based on 132 merchant reviews

4.87 / 5 Rating
132 Reviews
We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasus sailing on 16th April. The fact that there were only 12 passengers instead of a maximum of 44 meant we were treated like royalty. Good mix of Brits and continentals and everyone got on well. We had a class A cabin which was comfortable and a reasonable size but as this is not the most modern ship the bathroom is quite small and the fittings are a little dated. The food however was very good throughout with decent choice and the fresh fish served was excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and Markos who was in charge of Hotel operations. Enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin and Aride islands particularly,which are basically nature reserves with no other facilities .For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. The optional excursion to Vallee de Mai on Praslin was enjoyable and informative. There were several excellent snorkelling trips using the zodiacs and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! So to summarise, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations. As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last since we particularly enjoy small ship cruising and they have an interesting schedule of similar cruises!
Recently (April 2016) cruise in the Seychelles which was magnificent. Everything you want from a good holiday, plenty to see, beautiful locations and beaches, fauna and flora. The boat Pegosos was wonderful, very comfortable and a fabulous crew that looked after everything. It truly is a luxury experience. Other guests were a lot of fun and the ship is small enough to make it feel like a private charter. The Excursion guide was very good and made sure we didn't miss anything. So happy to see the Tortoises on some of the Island stops, a very good way to see the Seychelles -- highly recommended and very good value. Food was excellent and lovely BBQs on the beach. Take my advice and go!
Pegus Seychelles. We had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to Variety Cruises. We found all the staff without exception very helpful ,accommodating, entertaining and great fun which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this holiday.