GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRANSPORT
AlilauroGruson, (hereinafter “The Company”), undertakes to transport passengers, their baggage, and their cars, scooters or motorcycles, in compliance with this document, the General Terms and Conditions of Transport. The conditions are considered to be known and accepted by any passenger who buys or uses a ticket issued by the Company. This document is available at all of the Company’s Offices and Ticket offices as well as on board each vessel.
The fares, timetables, routes and other conditions mentioned in this document may be modified as specified below.
1) TICKETS AND FARES
The ticket is personal and cannot be transferred. It is only valid for the transport specified thereon. The passenger must keep his contract/ticket to justify his right to this transport, and must exhibit it to any Officer on the vessel or any Company Official that should ask to see it.
Tickets which have been altered or corrected will not be considered valid. A ticket which has not been used within the issuing date will not be considered valid and the holder will have no right to a refund. The regulations and the fares can be consulted at the ticket offices before boarding or on board the vessels. Duplicates of lost or stolen tickets will not be issued.
Children under 2 years of age travel free, without the right to a seat; a ticket must be bought should a seat be required for them. Children from 2 to under 12 years must have a child’s ticket. From 12 years upwards a full fare ticket must be bought. The age of the children must be documented. Once the ticket has been issued no reduction for children can be applied. All children under 12 must be accompanied by their parents or other adult who are responsible for them at all times whilst aboard the vessel. The Company will not be responsible for any damages to or by minors if they are not accompanied by an adult.
Any reduction on the full fare must be requested by those who are eligible before a ticket is issued. A document must be shown to validate the reduction.
The special reduced fare for residents of the islands is only available to passengers who show documentation to prove their residency. Any passenger found to be travelling with a residents ticket but without the correct documentation, will pay the difference between a residents ticket and the full fare, plus a fine of 100% full fare.
Checks on board
Crew members or Inspectors from the Company may carry out ticket checks on board during the journey. Passengers who do not have a ticket, without having advised the Captain or his crew, will pay the full fare, plus a fine of 100% full fare.
Passengers with pre-paid tickets or with return tickets must be at the embarkation point 15 minutes before departure, otherwise the Company cannot guarantee departure. Passengers with a return ticket must book at least two hours before the time chosen.
See the Service Charter items 3-4-6 and re-use/refund of tickets
Tickets are not invoices. Passengers must ask specifically for an invoice before they buy the ticket, providing their personal and fiscal data according to Art. 22 of the DPR Law 633 of 26/10/72 and further modifications.
Baggage includes all suitcases, holdalls, bags, backpacks and similar, containing personal belongings of the passenger. The passenger is allowed one piece of baggage (max. measurements 50x30x15cms and max. weight 10 kg.) on board a ferry, and with a max. weight 5 kg on board a high speed vessel; the contents must only include personal belongings. Baggage exceeding these limits may be carried by paying an excess baggage ticket. Baggage, goods and other packages may only be loaded on board with the passenger who is responsible for its transport. Baggage cannot be positioned on seats or in any way be of inconvenience to other passengers.. Packages which do not contain personal belongings of a passenger, particularly if oversized, will only be loaded on board if there is space, and if the crew considers that there is no technical obstacle. A porter service is available and the passenger will pay this directly. Baggage is not supervised and the passenger is responsible for its care on boarding, during the journey and when disembarked.
Any passenger who brings illegal substances or objects on board will be responsible to the company for any damage or fines which may arise from this transport. The Company will only be held responsible, within the Law, for valuable articles handed in, in exchange for a receipt, to the Captain. The Company is not responsible for valuable items, jewellery, money or other items left in the car or in public areas on board the vessel. In any case the passenger will have to prove the entity of the loss or the damage, as well as the fact that this occurred during the journey on board the vessel.
6) DOGS CATS AND OTHER PETS
Dogs, cats and other small pets can be transported by the passenger, with an additional fare, unless otherwise prescribed by law. The animals must be kept outside on the deck and must not disturb or harm other passengers. Animals are not allowed inside the vessel in public areas except for guide dogs for the visually impaired. Dogs must wear a muzzle and be on a lead. Cats and other pets must be kept in cages or closed baskets and be looked after by their owners. Feeding is the Owners responsibility.
All animals must have the necessary veterinary documentation which certifies that the animal is healthy, and particularly for dogs, that they have an up to date anti rabies vaccination. This documentation can be requested at any time by Company personnel at the ticket office or by the Crew on board.
It is severely forbidden to take on board knives, firearms, ammunition, explosives, fuel or other dangerous substances.
8) INSTRUCTIONS ON BOARD - WARNINGS
Once on board each passenger is obliged to follow all instructions given by crew members or by written signs. Passengers must remain seated during the journey and during mooring and unmooring operations. Passengers behaviour must never put safety at risk.
9) RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PASSENGER
The passenger is responsible for all damage caused by himself directly, or by any person or animal in his care, to the vessel, its fittings, furnishings and accessories, to its equipment, to other passengers, to baggage, to Company crew members or staff, or to third parties, as well as for payment of sanctions, fines, penalties and/or any expenses that the Company has to pay as a consequence of the passenger’s actions
10) PASSENGER’S CARS
The passenger must carry out himself, and is fully responsible for, embarking and disembarking operations of his own car. Once loaded the car must be left unlocked with the key in the ignition, with its engine and lights off, with its windows closed, and in first gear with the handbrake on. Passengers leave articles in the car at their own risk. The boot may be locked. It is strictly forbidden to transport dangerous or poisonous goods, or those not permitted in the regulations, or containers of inflammable products. Any vehicles which run on liquid gas must be declared on purchasing the ticket. Should this not be declared, the vehicle will not be loaded. Cars are called forward for loading in the order that the Captain and/or his crew decides, and will be parked where they indicate. The Captain can ask passengers to unload baggage from a roof rack. Any damage incurred to vehicles on loading or during the voyage must be notified to the vessel’s Captain immediately or certainly before disembarking.
The Company is not responsible for breakdowns or damage to the vehicle and/or objects contained within it. Any damage caused by the vehicle to the vessel or to third parties will be paid for before disembarkation. The order of loading is strictly competence of the Captain and his crew.
The fares for vehicles shown below include all embarkation and disembarkation fees. The fare groups are as follows:
I group: up to 4 mt.
II group: over 4 mt.
Passengers with cars must be ready to load at least half an hour before departure. Any passenger who arrives later than this, even with a regular booking, loses any rights to a guaranteed place on board.
Should the journey be cancelled due to bad weather, the Company declines any responsibility, as it does for all other circumstances beyond its control.
No refunds will be provided in the case of changes in information provided regarding the vehicle. Should the passenger lose the ticket or have it stolen, it will be necessary to buy a new ticket. Any “open” ticket is limited to the year of issuing. A fee of € 7.50 will be charged for any changes to the ticket. The Company reserves the right to change timetables and fares without notice.
Booking of vehicles
When booking a vehicle it is necessary to provide the measurements and characteristics of the vehicle. The overall measurements are necessary to calculate the fare. In the case of false declarations the Company reserves the right to refuse loading, without refund, even if the outward journey has already been carried out.
11) BANNED ITEMS AND BEHAVIOUR
It is strictly forbidden for passengers to carry in their baggage or load in their cars any inflammable material, or other dangerous materials, black market items, letters or parcels subject to postal fees, State monopoly goods, any other goods which cannot be exported, nor can they take any articles which could disturb or upset other passengers into public rooms, lay down on the seats, open or close windows without asking a crew member.
If the passenger fails to comply with these bans he will be held totally responsible towards the competent Authorities and to the Company who reserves the right to claim any eventual damages, fines or sanctions. The passengers will pay for any damages caused to the vessel or to the fittings on board.
The passenger is obliged to show crew members his ticket and any other documents required in the case of a fare reduction or exemption. Times and routes shown on illustrated brochures are subject to changes. Before arriving for boarding passengers are requested to check times and routes of their chosen journey with the Company’s Offices or ticket offices. The Company is not responsible for sudden changes, due to force majeure, to obstacles to the vessel or for other justified reasons.
Passengers are absolutely not allowed to carry weapons of any sort on board. If, on boarding or during the voyage, a passenger is found to be carrying a weapon or appears in a physical condition (illness, drunkenness, or other reasons) which could be a danger to himself or to others, the Captain can adopt any measures allowed by Law. The passenger, from the moment he boards until disembarkation, is obliged to conform to all instructions given by the Captain and his crew.
13) ROUTES AND TIMETABLES
The times of departure and arrival of the vessel and the route taken by the same are subject to changes without forewarning, for technical reasons or force majeure; for these reasons the Company reserves the right to cancel or change journeys, either completely or partially. The Company also reserves the right to cancel departures or ports of call for the same reasons. Should the journey be changed for these reasons, the passenger must disembark in the new destination port and there will be no refund or compensation. Passengers are, therefore, asked to check in advance, asking confirmation of times and routes at the ticket office, making sure, before departure, that there are no changes to the information shown on the ticket; in this case the passenger can ask to travel, if there are seats available, on the following departure using the same ticket but this can only be approved and accepted by the ticket office. No further compensation or reimbursement will be provided by the Company for whatever reason.
The transport of passengers, car and baggage will be carried out at the passengers own risk. The Company disclaims responsibility for damage to persons or things, for theft of vehicles or baggage. The Company will not be responsible for additional expenses caused by delays or route changes due to technical or mechanical failures of its vessels, or due to causes beyond the Company’s control such as illness, bad weather, strikes, quarantine, wars, or force majeure . Timetables, fares and travelling conditions can be changed without warning.
15) COMPLAINTS - ACCIDENTS - REPORTS
Any eventual complaints must be notified in writing directly to the Company within 10 days from boarding. Injuries or damages must be notified immediately to the Captain of the vessel on which the passenger was travelling.
16) BILL POSTING AND CHANGES IN CALCULATION OF THE FARES
This document is affixed, to notify the public, in the Company’s offices and ticket offices and on board the vessels. This affixation is noted on the ticket.
17) SUPPLEMENTS AND AMMENDMENTS
The Company reserves the right to supplement or modify the conditions which regulate the relationship with Customers. –These changes will be made by the Company through postings in the Company’s offices and ticket offices and on board the vessels. The changes will enter into force from the date indicated.
18) APPLICABLE LAW AND JURISDICTION
The competent court for any dispute is that declared by the law.