Terms & Conditions

By joining a guided Photography Tour operated by „Senses of Cuba“, please note that you agree to the following terms and conditions: 

GENERAL DISCLAIMER 

The Havana Street Life & Vintage Cuba Photography Tour is guided by Figueredo, a German photographer living in Havana, Cuba. The workshop is specifically tailored photographers of all types and experience using any type of photo gear.

The tour itself is organized and operated by Senses of Cuba, an experienced German travel agency residing in Havana, Cuba. Please refer to http://www.sensesofcuba.comfor details. 

While we proudly do our best to realize that experience, we cannot be held legally responsible for disruption beyond our control, up to and including: weather and/or available light; Natural or man-made disasters; Random crime of any type; Personal or mental injury; Equipment failure of ours or your own; Any other situation reasonably beyond our control as your guiding company. 

We reserve the right to refuse admission or removal from the tour at our discretion without liability. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

You may cancel your booking at any time but you accept that refunds may be subject to cancellation penalties based on the schedule below. Requests to cancel must be received by email and refunds will be calculated based on the date the email is received by figueredo@leicahavana.com

More than 60 days from tour commencement you will be refunded 100% minus any non-refundable deposits.
 Between 59 & 30 days from tour commencement you will be refunded 50% minus any non-refundable deposits. 

Less than 30 days from tour commencement you will be refunded 0%. 

OPERATOR RIGHT TO CANCEL 

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any workshop or tour at any time for reasons outside our control which may impact client or operator safety, or the safety of the public at large, or successful and safe operation of the workshop or tour. If any workshop has to be cancelled by us directly then all fees are refunded in full or you may opt to select an alternate date for your tour or apply a credit to an alternate workshop, tour or product. 

We are not responsible or liable for any expenses or damages incurred as a consequence of any cancellation, such as costs expended in preparing for the trip including non-refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, equipment, lost income, or any other trip-related losses or expenses. 

A tour will only take place if at least 3 participants register.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY 

It is a fundamental booking condition that you accept the hazards involved with the outdoor travel and photography aspects of this workshop or tour. You must acknowledge that delays and alterations and their consequences, such as inconvenience and discomfort, are possible where unforeseen circumstances arise. You must have a level of fitness commensurate with your chosen workshop and you are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment. 

In the event of medical emergency and/or repatriation from a workshop or tour by whatever means, the responsibility of such costs will be borne by the client. It is therefore essential that adequate cover is in place. We strongly recommend that you take out a travel insurance policy covering for such events at the same time as booking. 

Every participant voluntarily assumes all risks and will hold us, the workshop leader, any co-leader or assistants, harmless from any and all liability, actions, causes of action, claims, debts, and demands which arise in connection with the workshop or tour. The terms hereof shall serve as a release and assumption of risk for your heirs, administrators, and executors, and for all members of my family, including any minors accompanying you. 

We reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any member of any workshop or tour should such person’s actions impede the safe and reasonable operation of the tour or the health, safety, rights, welfare or enjoyment of other members of the tour, and it is agreed that no refunds will be given in such circumstances. 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY 

We aim to provide every participant with a safe, educational and enjoyable experience during a workshop or tour. As there is always certain risks and dangers associated with photography, the outdoors and travel, we accept no responsibility or liability for injury, death, illness, accident, losses or additional expenses associated with workshop participation. Nor do we accept responsibility for damage to equipment, property or digital data loss.
Every participant must assess their own suitability, in terms of fitness and stamina, for the workshop or tour that they join. Medical, equipment and travel insurance is your own responsibility.
You must notify us of any medical condition that we should know about. We assume no liability regarding provision of medical care. All information is completely confidential.
We shall have no liability for any damages, losses, or additional expenses of whatever cause or nature, over which we have no control, including but not exclusively those resulting directly or indirectly from sickness, annoyance, weather, quarantine, strikes, civil disturbance, theft or criminal activity, detention, political disputes, government regulations, acts of terrorism or force majeure
We shall have no responsibility for additional expenses due to unforeseen delays caused by third parties such as failure of flights or other transportation to arrive or depart on time, and other causes beyond our control.
We are not responsible for additional accommodation not specified in the workshop itineraries which may be required en route, prior to or following a workshop or tour, caused by airline scheduling or schedule changes, or by individual clients travel arrangements or by other factors.
In no event shall we have any liability for incidental or consequential damages, however characterised.
We reserve the right to substitute hotels, venues and facilities, and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary due to logistical, health or safety requirements or where advised by other authoritative parties.
We are not responsible for additional expenses incurred by clients in preparing for the workshop or tour (i.e. non-refundable advance-purchase air tickets, equipment, etc.) 

You will be required to sign a medical and indemnity release waiver form for yourself and any minors under your supervision prior to the commencement of the workshop. If this release is not signed your participation in the workshop or tour will be disallowed. 

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, including coverage for personal health, emergency medical evacuation, emergency medical expenses, and trip cancellation, which would reimburse you for non-refundable airfare and trip cancellation fees. 

We cannot accept liability for insurance costs, loss of deposits, airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by participants in preparing for this workshop or tour. We cannot accept liability for any insurance costs if a workshop is cancelled. 

ADVERSE CONDITIONS POLICY FOR OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHIC TOURS 

All outdoor photographic components of this workshop or tour are subject to appropriate conditions to ensure the safe participation of our clients.
Adverse conditions may exist preventing us from accessing a location as defined in the workshop or tour itinerary, or from safely participating in an outdoor activity. For the safety of our tour guides, our clients and their equipment, in the event of adverse conditions including heavy rain, storms, conditions preventing safe access, entry and egress of a location, an alternative location or activity may be sought. Where no safe alternative can be found the outdoor activity will be cancelled. Please note that there will no refund of all or part of the workshop or tour fee in the event if adverse conditions cause cancellation of an outdoor activity. 

RIGHT TO USE FOR MARKETING PURPOSES 

We reserve the right to take photographic or video records of any workshop or tour, and assume your consent to use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes. 

Private Tour Terms and Conditions 

QUOTE AND ITINERARY DISCLAIMER 

Private Tour Quotes and Itineraries are compiled based on the requirements expressed by the client. Private Tour Quotes will outline the inclusions and exclusions in full. You acknowledge it is your responsibility to review these inclusions and exclusions prior to accepting the quote and paying a non-refundable deposit.
 Where flights, travel and accommodation is not provided in the tour inclusions as part of the Private Tour, you acknowledge it is your responsibility to obtain confirmed bookings for these before accepting the quote and paying a non-refundable deposit. While every care is taken to develop your itinerary and quote based on known factors available, we are not liable for any error, mistake or omission included that once realised may have been a deciding factor for you to not accept the quote provided. From time to time updates may need to be made to itineraries due to changing conditions or developments unknown at the time of quoting. We are not liable for any such change or update would this change, once realised, have been a deciding factor for you to not accept the quote provided.
 We reserve the right to change, at our exclusive discretion, schedules, plans and itineraries, depending on mitigating circumstances or health and safety or risk considerations that cannot be remediated. While significant efforts have been taken to provide the workshop or tour quote in a truthful manner, you acknowledge that this is subject to many variables including but not limited to mechanical and environmental conditions or the actions of other parties that we cannot control. 

ACCEPTANCE DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT 

Acceptance of this quote is by signing and returning the Acceptance form and details of all members of the tour party included in this quote.
The person who submits the acceptance form does so on behalf of all the individuals included on it, so that all are bound by our terms and conditions. 

The person who submits the acceptance form is over the age of 18. 

A non-refundable deposit outlined in the quote (normally 20%) is required within 7 days of acceptance to secure your booking.
The remaining balance owing must be paid prior to 60 days before your workshop or tour commencement date. If we do not receive your payment by the due date, we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and retain the deposit. If a booking is made 60 days or less prior to the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. 

All payments will be paid through online invoice using the Square payment system. Invoices will be issued for the non-refundable deposit once acceptance forms have been returned. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Cuba is known as one of the safest countries in this hemisphere. FIGUEREDO & Senses of Cuba will take all reasonable care to look after your safety and well-being throughout our time together. However, we cannot be held responsible for any unexpected situations. 
We equally cannot be held responsible for your personal physical nor mental health as a result of our time together, and we advise you to take all precautions within relation to your general and momentary health and safety.
In case of emergency, we will assist as much as possible with emergency services notified directly. 


YOUR PRIVATE DATA

We take the security of your personal data very seriously. We do not knowingly store any personal information beyond essentials to operate the site and/or booking payments, of which any sensitive information is duly deleted or made unavailable as possible.
All our online bookings/reservations are currently managed by Scharfekante.de & Paypal.
While we choose carefully and work closely with our booking and payment services to secure your data, we cannot be held legally responsible for any unfortunate compromising of said personal data. 

We also will not share any personally indentifiable information of yours with 3rd party vendors, resellers, sponsors, or otherwise without your written consent.
We do like to thank our guests by first names on online social channels occasionally (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc), so we reserve the right to name attendees on a first name basis (and perhaps a link if you’re good) at our discresion. Please tell us on the tour if you want to not be named publicly. 

PHOTO COPYRIGHT

All photos are under the copyright of the participant. Only with consent of the photographer they might be used for non-commercial or advertising use. 

LINKS AND EXTERNAL WEBSITES

We will for reference or information link to exterior websites that are not owned nor operated by FIGUEREDO or Senses of Cuba nor any of it’s guides, with the exception of promoting our own work.
 Aside from websites we actually have any say whatsoever over, we cannot be held partially or ultimately responsible for any content, opinions, or bad stuff that happens to you. While we check all our links personally to ensure they are of reputable and an unoffensive or innocent nature, we equally cannot accept responsibility for any actions you take or that result from following these links or their associated links/information/software. 

GUEST PHOTOS

We like to occasionally feature our guests photos from time spent on our photo tour. We usually recommend sending us a link of photos already online (flickr, even facebook), however we will sometimes with written confirmation and attribution host photos sent it. We make absolutely no claim of creation or copyright to these images, and all rights are 100% to the owner as far as we’re concerned, our display use aside. If desired, we will present some of the photos on the www.leicahavana.com website. 

SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE

Regarding the visa for Cuba it is quite easy as the visa and OFAC regulations are two separate things. The visa is the tourist card everyone (regardless of nationality) has to have to enter Cuba. The OFAC regulations require US Citizens travel under one of the designated categories. “Support for the Cuban People” is one of those.

That being said, any US Citizen can book a flight and purchase a visa/tourist card to Cuba. When asked on a form what category they’re traveling under, they would simply indicate “Support for the Cuban People”. As US Citizens, they would be required to maintain an itinerary in support of the Cuban people.

After registering for a „Cuba – Inside“ photo adventure this itinerary will be provided which documents that you interact with Cuban people and that you are staying in a “casa particular” which means you shouldn’t have any issues.

It’s very rare that anybody asks for this, but going through immigration you’ll want to be prepared for this.

COMPANIONS OR SPOUSES

If participants would like to bring along a companion or spouse and share a double occupancy room with them, the package cost for the companion will also be EUR 4.890,—. All the rooms in the casa particular have only one large size double bed. Companions or spouses that want to share a room should expect to share a large size bed. Companions or spouses will need to participate in all group activities, and may attend and participate in all photographic review sessions, group dinners and lunches. This regulation is also valid for the customized Master Class Tour with an individual workshop fee.