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Nancy Parode

Cruise Ship Contracts and You

By January 27, 2013

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Before you book your next cruise, take a few minutes to check your cruise line's contract. This important document tells you what your cruise line's obligations are to you, and what it expects of you in return.

You might be surprised by some of the clauses in the contract, which is why you should read it before you make a deposit. For example, your cruise line may limit compensation for lost or damaged baggage to $300 or less per passenger. That's fine, as long as you know that ahead of time and can buy travel insurance if you plan to bring expensive items with you.

Your cruise contract is an important, legally binding document. You should read it before you pay your cruise vacation deposit, because once money changes hands, the contract takes effect.

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