Please read these conditions carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations.
In these Booking Conditions references to “you” and “your” include the first named person on the booking and all persons on whose behalf a booking is made or anyone else who is added to a booking or to whom a booking is transferred
Your booking agreement is made under the laws of the Isle of Man. You submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of those courts.
Our booking conditions are designed to be easy to understand, however, if you have any further questions, please contact our customer services team as soon as possible as alterations to your booking at a later date may incur additional costs (See “Booking” in Section A for more details).
We act in the following capacities: as a Package Organiser and as an Agent to help you to arrange individual holiday products or to book packages with third party tour operators. Our obligations to you may vary depending upon which arrangements you book with us, and we have tried to set them out below as clearly as possible.
Section A contains conditions which apply to all bookings. Section B applies to agency bookings, and Section C applies to package bookings which we sell as an organiser.
SECTION A – APPLICABLE TO ALL BOOKINGS
The lead member of the party guarantees payment to us of the total holiday price. In the event of there being an entitlement to a refund from our company, due to holiday cancellation/amendment, or for any other reason, such refund will be made to the lead member of the party. Instructions regarding changes and/or cancellations will be taken only from the lead member of the party.
All travel arrangements booked with us are subject to a non-refundable 10% booking fee. This fee is included in the total price quoted on the website, in brochures and marketing literature. In the event of holiday cancellation, for any reason outside of Duke’s control, we will retain the booking fee. Additional fees may apply to cancellations.
When you make your booking, you must pay a minimum non-refundable deposit of £250.00 per person.
The balance of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 18 weeks (126 days) before your departure date. If the deposit or balance is not paid on time, we shall cancel your travel arrangements and retain the deposit. Changes in transportation/fuel costs or exchange rates & taxes mean that the cost of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked.
If you have any special requests (for example, dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the supplier, but we do not guarantee that they will be met, and we will have no liability to you if they are not.
Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with Duke. By booking with Duke you confirm that you have in place a policy of insurance in order to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; and other expenses.
UK Residents: Note that the Isle of Man only provides limited medical cover to UK Residents under the reciprocal health agreement with the UK Government and it is a requirement of your booking that your travel insurance covers you for travel to the Isle of Man.
Ratings and Standards Accommodation ratings are displayed as provided by the supplier. These are intended to give a guide to the services and facilities you should expect from your accommodation. Standards and ratings may vary between countries, as well as between suppliers. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any ratings given and no warranty is given or implied.
Safety standards in some countries may differ from those applicable in the United Kingdom. All properties comply with applicable health and safety regulations. We strongly advise that all customers seek to minimise their exposure to injury by familiarising themselves with relevant safety information.
Prices are based on anticipated or latest known prices. If a higher price applies at the time of booking, we may need to increase the price of your booking and we will advise you of this before your reservation is confirmed.
For advance registration (which will be clearly detailed on the document) where we cannot confirm all components of the booking at the time of issue, we will endeavour to do so as soon as possible. Should we be unable to confirm any components you may opt to accept revised alternatives with any applicable price adjustments or receive an immediate refund of any monies paid.
Our brochure descriptions are based on information available at the time of printing the brochure and/or agreeing a contract with the accommodation proprietor. It should be borne in mind that changes may occur after the date of publication of the brochure. Where such changes are brought to our attention we will use our best endeavours to ensure that our website description and reservations system are updated so that the changes may be notified to you at the time of booking.
Please note that whilst the facilities in single, triple and quadruple rooms are comparable to twin or double-bedded rooms, it should be noted that single rooms are not always in the same area of hotels as twin rooms and, by their very nature, are small. Triple rooms are usually a standard twin/double room with an additional bed, which may be a sofa bed or of rollaway style. Quadruple rooms usually consist of a room with two double beds.
From time to time, renovation or refurbishment and its associated noise are unavoidable at a hotel. Often we do receive advance notice of when it will begin, in which case you will be informed prior to making your booking or within a reasonable time of us being notified. If in any case you have not been informed, and we consider the work will have a significant effect on your stay, we will then review the option of partial or full refund.
Please be aware that the booking conditions of the supplier will normally state that your stay can be terminated, with no refund, if the behavior of your party falls below an acceptable standard. Suppliers will also often require you to pay for any damage you cause to the accommodation in resort. We are under no obligation to you if any event such as this occurs. You agree to indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (including all legal costs) made against us by the supplier or any third party as a result of your conduct.
Please note that we have no control over the behaviour of other persons staying at or visiting your holiday accommodation and we are not responsible for any withdrawal or impairment of facilities/services or other loss or damage caused by them. Under no circumstances are you entitled to share your accommodation with, or sub-let it to, anyone other than the other members of your party.
Where we are acting as agent, the contract for your arrangements is between you and the supplier and any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. If you have a problem whilst on holiday, this must be reported to the supplier or their local supplier or agent immediately.
If we are acting as organiser in the provision of your package holiday and you find that you are in any way dissatisfied with our service or the service of one or more of the suppliers whose services make up the holiday, in order that we may have the opportunity to correct the matter, you must advise our tour manager, or local representative immediately. Should the tour manager or local representative not be able to resolve the situation, you should report the complaint in writing to our head office no later than 28 days after the completion of the holiday quoting your booking number. No complaints or claims can be considered after that date. Please note that post-holiday claims can be made only directly to us and not to one of our suppliers.
If you fail to follow this procedure there will be less opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced or you may not receive any at all depending upon the circumstances.
In relation to package holidays sold by us as organiser, we provide security by way of trust account held by the Travel Trust Association (TTA) No. Q6064. When we are acting as an agent, some of the travel arrangements that we sell may be protected in the case of the financial failure of the travel company. Please ask us about the protection that applies to your booking.
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by any event which we or the supplier of the service in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Examples of events beyond our control are: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity or its consequences, industrial disputes, any failure to secure relevant flying rights, natural or nuclear disasters, fire, health risks, unavoidable and unforeseeable technical problems with transport, closed or congested airports or ports, actual or potential severe weather conditions, the imposition of sanctions or other Governmental action and any other similar events.
Conditions of Suppliers
Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions which will form part of your contract with us. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from us or the supplier concerned.
SECTION B: AGENCY BOOKINGS ARRANGEMENTS
This section applies to bookings we make for you when acting as booking agent.
When making your booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the supplier (tour operator/hotel/cruise Company or other supplier) named on your receipt. Details will be given at the time of booking. As an agent we accept no responsibility for the acts or omissions of the supplier or for the services provided by the supplier. The supplier’s Terms & Conditions will apply to your booking and we advise you to read these carefully as they do contain important information about your booking. Please ask us for copies of these if you do not have them.
You may wish to purchase packages from tour operators booked through us as your agent, or individual flights, hotel, or other services featured on our website. Each component or package will be provided by different third party providers of the products you have selected. Your contract will be with the individual suppliers and not with us. Since you create your own travel arrangements by adding each component separately to create your own bespoke booking, this is not a package and therefore your booking is not protected as such unless we specifically assist you in booking a package which is provided by a third party tour operator. Until a component has been confirmed by the individual supplier, no contract has been formed.
Cancellation and Amendment
Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us in writing and will not take effect until received by us. If you cancel or amend your booking the supplier may charge the cancellation or amendment charge shown in their Terms and Conditions (which may be 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements) and you must pay us the cancellation or amendment charge stated below.
Requests to alter bookings will be taken only from the lead member of the party. Where the request can be met, we will confirm the amendment by issuing a revised Confirmation Invoice. We will make an administration charge of up to £25 per booking amendment (maximum £150 per booking reference number) which will be payable along with any price increase for the altered arrangements. In addition to our own administration charge, we will pass on any administration charges made by the relevant airline or other suppliers (s).
Changes or Cancellations by the Supplier
We will inform you of any changes or cancellations as soon as reasonably possible. If the supplier offers alternative arrangements or a refund, you will need to let us know your choice within the time frame we stipulate. If you fail to do so the supplier is entitled to assume you wish to receive a full refund. We accept no liability for any changes or cancellations made to your arrangements by the supplier under your contract with them.
Our responsibility for your Booking
Your contract is with the supplier and its booking conditions apply. As agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the arrangements. Our responsibilities are limited to making the booking in accordance with your instructions. We accept no responsibility for any information about the arrangements that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.
If for any reason any court or authority determines that we have acted outside of our agency status in any circumstances, or we confirm to you that we are the principal, we will be acting as principal rather than agent in relation to that booking. In such cases we have a duty to select the suppliers of the services making up your booking with us with reasonable skill and care. We have no liability to you for the actual provision of the services, except in cases where it is proved that we have breached that duty and damage to you has been caused. Therefore, providing we have selected the suppliers/subcontractors with reasonable skill and care, we will have no liability to you for anything that happens during the service in question or any acts or omissions of the supplier, its employees or agents. The limitations contained in Section C of these booking conditions will also apply.
SECTION C: PACKAGE HOLIDAY BOOKINGS
This section only applies to Package Holidays booked with us as Organiser. Please note that if you book a package and we are not the Organiser, then we will be acting as agent and you must read section B above, together with the terms and conditions of the relevant tour operator.
Definition of Package:
A “Package Holiday” exists if you book a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components when sold or offered for sale at an inclusive price and when the service covers a period of more than twenty-four hours or includes overnight accommodation:-(a) transport; (b) accommodation; (c) other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation and accounting for a significant proportion of the package. Where you have booked a Package Holiday with us, we will accept responsibility for it in accordance with these Booking Conditions as an “Organiser” under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Regulations 2018.
Changes in fees (including transportation costs, fuel costs, dues, taxes, fees such as landing taxes or embarkation/ disembarkation fees at ports/airports and exchange rates) and services mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked your holiday. However, there will be no change to the cost of your holiday within 20 days of departure. In relation to package holidays, we will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to up to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 8% of the price of your travel arrangements (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges), you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality, you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of monies paid, except for any amendment charges and cancellation charges already incurred. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date shown on your final invoice. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you less our administration costs. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.
Changes by us
Where a major change becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if time permits before your departure. A major change is one that is made to your holiday arrangements before departure that involves a change of destination, change of time of departure or return to or from the UK by more than 12 hours, or a change to a hotel of a lower official grading. In these cases we will offer you the choice of the following options:
- (for Major Changes) accepting the changed arrangements; or
- Purchasing alternative arrangements from us, of a similar standard to those originally booked if available (if the chosen alternative is less expensive than your original one, we will refund the difference but if it is more expensive, we will ask you to pay the difference); or
- Cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full and quick refund of all monies held on account for you. Very occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control we may have no choice but to change the expert, host or director accompanying the holiday. Should this rare event occur you will be informed and an alternative expert, host or director will accompany the holiday. Such cases will not be treated as major changes to your arrangements and cancellation will be subject to the charges set out above (“Cancellation by you”).
Cancellation by us
Cancellation by us may be necessary in exceptional circumstances or because insufficient people have booked your chosen holiday to make it commercially viable. We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to cancel your holiday and if cancellation occurs because of insufficient numbers, we will notify you at least 6 weeks before departure. On the rare occasion that a holiday is cancelled, we will give a full refund of monies held on account for you, or the opportunity to accept a suitable alternative holiday, if available. Please note that we will not refund or pay compensation where a holiday is changed or cancelled for reasons of Force Majeure (See section A above).
Cancellation by you
Should you or any member of your party decide to cancel your/their booking once it has been made, notification of the cancellation instruction will be required in writing from the lead member of the party.
The effective date for cancellation is the date when we receive your written instructions at our registered office. Notification by email will be accepted and, for the purposes of calculating cancellation charges, emails will be treated as having been received by us 24 hours after they are sent. Receipt of emails will be acknowledged. We will have no liability to you in the event of emails not being received, or their delivery being delayed, for technical or other reasons.
If you or any member of your party cancels, a charge is payable by the lead member of the party by way of agreed damages to cover our estimated losses, calculated on the scale set out below:
Period before departure by which written instructions are received by us
Cancellation charge – shown as a percentage of total price
More than 125 days
Loss of deposit/amount paid at the time of booking
Less than 126 days
Please note that for some transport bookings, full payment will be required at the time your booking is made. Many transport bookings are non-changeable and cannot be altered/cancelled without 100% cancellation charges being applied, even where such cancellation occurs shortly after the booking has been made.
You may be able to make an insurance claim if the reasons for your cancellation fall within the terms of your insurance cover.
Our Responsibilities to you in respect of Package Holidays
1) We will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree to provide or arrange for you as an “organiser” under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 as set out below. Subject to these booking conditions, if we or our suppliers perform or arrange your contracted holiday arrangements negligently, taking into consideration all relevant factors (for example following the complaints procedure as described in these conditions and the extent to which ours or our employees’ or suppliers’ negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your holiday), we will pay you reasonable compensation. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us.
2) We will not be responsible or pay you compensation for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description if it results from:-
(i) the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected;
(ii) the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
(iii)unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond ours or our supplier(s) control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or
(iv)an event which either ourselves or suppliers could not, even with all due care, have foreseen or forestalled.
3) We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause:
(i) for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money, the maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is £25 per person in total because you are assumed to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind;
(ii) for claims not falling under 3(i) above and which don’t involve injury, illness or death, the maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is twice the price paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking.
(iii) for claims in respect of international travel by air and sea, or any stay in a hotel, the extent of our liability will in all cases be limited as if we were carriers under the appropriate Conventions, which include The Warsaw/Montreal Convention (international travel by air); The Athens Convention (with respect to sea travel); The Berne/Cotif Convention (with respect to rail travel) and The Paris Convention (with respect to hotel arrangements). You can ask for copies of these Conventions from our offices. Please contact us. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company’s own ‘Conditions of Carriage’ will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those ‘Conditions of Carriage’. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract.
4)In any circumstances in which a carrier is liable to you by virtue of the Denied Boarding Regulation 2004, any liability we may have to you under our contract with you, arising out of the same facts, is limited to the remedies provided under the Regulation as if (for this purpose only) we were a carrier. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question.
5)It is a condition of our acceptance of liability under this clause that you notify any claim to ourselves and our supplier(s) strictly in accordance with the complaints procedure set out in these conditions. Where any payment is made, the person(s) receiving it (and their parent or guardian if under 18 years) must also assign to ourselves or our insurers any rights they may have to pursue any third party and must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require.
6)Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss or expense or other sum(s) of any description which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you.
7) Excursions or other activities that you choose to book while you are on holiday are not provided by our company and do not form part of your contract with us. Such arrangements are therefore not covered by The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. On occasions, local excursions and activities will be made available for sale via our local/agency staff. In such circumstances those staff will be acting as sales agents for the supplier(s) of the offered excursion/activities. Therefore, unless you suffer personal injury or death caused by our negligence, we will not accept liability for any loss or damage you may suffer as a result of participation in a locally booked excursion or activity.
8) We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.
Delays, Missed Transport Arrangements and other Travel Information
We cannot accept liability for any delay in your transport to or from the UK and/or Isle of Man where the cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, re-scheduling of times by a transport provider, decisions made by the port/airport authorities, mechanical breakdown, strike, industrial action or otherwise. However, in certain circumstances, you may be able to make a claim under your insurance policy if the reasons for the delay fall within the terms of your insurance cover.