Shore Excursion Terms


Please read the following information before ordering any shore excursions online. These conditions are binding once you purchase any shore excursion provided by independent tour operators through VIVA VIVAS. The deadline for making shore excursion bookings online is 3 days prior to sailing, unless otherwise noted in the shore excursion description. All of the shore excursions listed on the website may not be available for all dates.

All excursions are subject to change without notice. Descriptions, departure times, itineraries, pricing and locations may be altered and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. Descriptions and excursion lengths are all based on approximate times and predetermined points of interest. Changes may be unavoidable and can be made at the tour operator’s sole discretion. Departure times and meeting places will be printed on the shore excursion ticket. As a delay may result in a missed excursion or interfere with the excursion’s normal operation, guests are required to report to the specified location, at the designated departure time.

You will be required to pay for your shore excursion order in full using our secure online credit card processing. You will receive instant online confirmation that your order has been paid in full. Your tickets will be delivered to your cabin prior to embarkation.


Shore excursions may be cancelled by VIVA VIVAS or the Tour Operator due to inclement weather conditions, or any other reason whatsoever. In which case, and as your sole recourse, full refunds will be made to guests who have purchased cancelled excursions.

Excursions may be canceled or modified depending on the number of guests participating. Some excursions require a minimum number of guests to operate. If this minimum is not met, excursions may be cancelled by the Tour Operator and full refunds will be issued.

For online cancellations that occur outside the cut-off window, 3 days prior to arrival, a full refund will automatically be posted to the credit card that was used to pay for the shore excursion order. Please allow 5-7 business days for the credit to post to your account. No changes can be made within the cut-off window. If you need to make changes after the cut-off date, you must wait until arrival and see the Shore Excursion Manager onboard. In the event of a cabin booking cancellation within the cut-off window, a full refund will automatically be posted to the credit card used to pay for the order.

If the designated contact person on a shore excursion order must cancel from their cruise booking and the remaining guests who are sailing would like to retain the shore excursion order, a new contact person needs to be assigned. If a designated contact person cancels and does not reassign the responsibility, the associated shore excursion orders will automatically cancel and be refunded.

Once onboard, cancellations are subject to a 25% cancellation charge. However, within 24 hours of arrival in port, all shore excursion orders are non-refundable. A refund, less any applicable cancellation charges, will be applied to the designated contact person’s sail and sign account. VIVA VIVAS will only offer shipboard credit for shore excursion order refunds, but note any credit not utilized by the end of your cruise will be refunded via check to the order’s designated contact person on the morning of debarkation.

Guests are encouraged to purchase a Vacation Protection Plan to cover any eligible non-refundable shore excursion cancellation charges.


VIVA VIVAS is not responsible for any losses, damage, death, injuries, or claims whatsoever arising from, connected with, or related to any activities engaged in by guests while off VIVA VIVAS’s ships or water shuttles in any seas. This includes all shore excursions, whether booked online, sold onboard or sold by third parties ashore. Guests engage in all such activities off the ship at their own risk.

VIVA VIVAS acts only as an agent for the independent tour operators supplying excursions or services. Independent contractors operate all shore excursions, including any related transportation. VIVA VIVAS neither supervises nor controls their actions, nor makes any representation either expressed or implied as to their suitability. VIVA VIVAS sells tickets for all excursions as a convenience to guests only. Tour operators, transportation providers, and their employees are neither agents nor employees of VIVA VIVAS, notwithstanding their use of any signage or clothing which may contain the name “VIVA VIVAS” or other related trade names or logos. It is understood and agreed that VIVA VIVAS assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees performance of, and in no event shall be liable for, any loss, damage, injury, or death in connection with said excursions or transportation. Please review your ticket for further information regarding your rights and obligations as well as those of VIVA VIVAS.


VIVA VIVAS recommends that guests do not engage in excursions, tours or activities that are not sold through VIVA VIVAS as VIVA VIVAS has no familiarity whatsoever with these services or their operations.


Please note that there are certain restrictions based on age, health, weight and/or height, which have been imposed by the individual excursion operators for your own safety. VIVA VIVAS urges you to abide by them.

Tour operators have the right to require any individual to withdraw from an excursion at any time if they deem that individual’s conduct detrimental to or incompatible with the interests, comfort, well-being or harmony of the group as a whole. Tour operators reserve the right to alter or adjust excursions to meet local conditions for participant safety and convenience. Neither VIVA VIVAS nor local tour operators will extend financial reimbursement to compensate for a guest’s disappointment in the event that circumstances beyond the reasonable control of VIVA VIVAS or the tour operator make it impossible to provide services as intended.


The Federal Aviation Administration requires guests’ weights and names for weight and balance calculations as well as flight manifesting. Any guest whose weight is 250 pounds or more will be required to purchase a seat and a half. You must purchase the specific helicopter excursion for guests over 250 pounds or you will be refused service. Once onboard you may see the Shore Excursion Manager for assistance.


Prices for shore excursions are quoted per person, in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice. Prices also vary by departure date and time and are capacity controlled. Some restrictions may apply. Most prices include transportation and when noted, meals, refreshments, guides and entrance fees. On snorkeling, scuba and golf excursions, only the equipment specified is included in the price.  

Children three years old or less, who do not occupy a seat, will not be charged and do not require a ticket unless noted in the shore excursion description. Children between the ages of 4 to 12 years and teens between the ages of 13 to 18 years will be charged full adult price or special child/teen prices, when applicable and noted. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to participate in shore excursions. Some excursions require a minimum age to participate and will be noted accordingly.


Children 12 and under are required to wear life jackets at all times while onboard the fishing boat. Children must weigh 40 pounds or more to fit the life jacket and participate in the fishing excursion.


Neither VIVA VIVAS, nor the Tour Operators will be responsible for personal possessions. Do not leave your possessions unattended at any time, either in the vehicles in which you are traveling or otherwise. Remember coats, umbrellas, cameras, handbags, wallets, traveling bags, binoculars, and similar items remain, at all times throughout the shore excursion, under the guest’s custody and control.


Guests should consider that standards of transportation vary considerably throughout Panama. Air-conditioned motorcoaches are not available in many areas. In some destinations, local buses are the best available. Guests wishing to travel with friends should all leave the ship together, as this will help the shore excursion staff allocate sufficient space in the same vehicle.

Please note that motorcoaches and other forms of transportation may require guests to climb 2 to 3 steps. Most, but not all motorcoaches, can accommodate collapsible wheelchairs. Staff is not obligated to lift guests into or out of vehicles. Transportation via water shuttle may prevent guests in wheelchairs from going ashore at certain ports of call. For further information about specific excursions’ transportation accessibility, please look for the accessibility advisories online, represented by a blue wheelchair icon or see the Shore Excursion Manager onboard.


It is the responsibility of the guest to provide valid travel and medical history documents required for air travel, debarkation at various ports of call and re-entry into the appropriate country of origin.

Your Satoshi ID will serve as your identification card when you re-board the ship in a port of call. Remember to take it with you whenever you go ashore. You will be required to show it to a VIVA VIVAS security officer in order to re-board the ship.


Please read the following information before ordering anything from The Shops online. All online orders are subject to these shopping terms & conditions.

All orders are accepted up to and no later than two days prior to debarkation date. Prices and deadlines are subject to change without notice. Holidays and changes in the itineraries may cause shorter deadlines. Some products, such as flowers, are time sensitive and must be ordered within a specific time frame prior to sailing (varies by ship port). ALL ORDERS MUST BE PREPAID. In the event an item is not available at the time of sailing, an item of equal value will be substituted. The Shops Online products may be subject to sales tax depending on the location of delivery.


Alcohol orders are not permitted to be taken to any location outside of the approved delivery locations specified for those products at checkout. This program is designed for in-cabin entertaining or in-dining consumption only. Consumption in public areas is strictly prohibited.


Cruise Cash provides an immediate credit to a guest’s onboard Sail & Sign account. Although the cruise cash cannot be redeemed for cash, the cruise cash is a non-refundable credit that can enhance a guest’s cruising experience; the credit can be applied to cover charges to their onboard account, including taxes and gratuity charges. The total amount of the Cruise Cash purchased must be used in a single voyage, cannot be transferred to any future booking, and any unused credits will be forfeited.


Cruise Cash Bar provides an immediate credit to a guest’s Sail & Sign onboard account; this credit can be applied to cover any bar purchase, including CHEERS, alcoholic drinks, juice, soda, water, and coffee shop charges. Cruise Cash Bar is valid for a single voyage and cannot be transferred to future bookings. Cruise Cash Bar is non-refundable and any unused credits will be forfeited.


Cruise Cash Photo provides an immediate credit to a guest’s Sail & Sign onboard account; this credit can be applied toward Photo purchases. This credit is good for any photo department charge made to their account including photos, camera batteries, cameras, and photo albums. Cruise Cash Photo is valid for a single voyage and cannot be transferred to future bookings. Cruise Cash Photo is non-refundable and any unused credits will be forfeited.


Formalwear rentals are only available for pre-cruise orders. Formalwear inventory is not kept onboard, therefore, selections cannot be exchanged onboard for alternate colors or sizing. The delivery and formalwear rentals are provided by an independent contractor; VIVA VIVAS assumes no responsibility for the acts of the independent contractor.


If any provision of these terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. This is the entire agreement between us relating to the subject matter herein and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by all parties.