8. Regulations & Limitations of Carrier’s Liability with Respect to Baggage & Personal Property
(a) The term “baggage” as used herein means only trunks, suitcases, handbags, valises, satchels or bundles, backpacks and the like, containing wearing apparel and personal effects, that Guest has checked with Carrier.
(b) Limitations of Shipments and Liability. The Carrier does not undertake to carry as baggage any merchandise, samples, furniture, household goods, tools of trade, property of others than the Guest, pictures, perishable goods, glassware, money, documents, valuables, or any of the articles listed in Title 46 United States Code, Section 181. Such articles must be shipped as commercial cargo under bills of lading. Except for personal effects for the voyage, Guest hereby warrants that no such articles are or will be contained in any receptacle or container presented by him as baggage hereunder, and if any such articles are shipped by Guest as baggage in breach of this warranty, Carrier shall have no liability as carrier or bailee or in any other capacity either for negligence or otherwise.
(c) Marking of Baggage. Guest shall mark each piece of baggage with full name and address, together with the name of the ship, the cabin number, and the destination, and Carrier shall not be liable for loss, damage, or delay resulting from Guest’s failure to mark baggage plainly as directed.
(d) Hazardous Items. Guest is especially warned not to place in their baggage or otherwise bring on board the vessel, firearms, bear spray, flammable matter of any kind, such as matches, gunpowder, cartridges, etc., or any hazardous matters or items, or any illegal items. Such articles may be confiscated or destroyed by Carrier at any time without liability. Should loss, damage or delay to the vessel, or to any of the guests, the crew or other persons on board, be caused by dangerous articles brought on board by Guest, such Guest shall be liable for the full amount of all resulting damages.
(e) Forbidden Items. Guest may not bring on board articles, the importation or exportation of which may be forbidden, or which do not conform to the customs or police regulations and laws of any country to which the vessel may go in the course of her voyage or from which the vessel sails. A Guest violating this rule will be held liable for all fines, loss, damage or delay resulting therefrom.
(f) Limitations of Carrier’s Liability. The Carrier assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or damage to baggage, except to the extent otherwise required by law. The Carrier’s liability, if any (and whether or not excess baggage is carried and paid for), in respect of baggage, shall not exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00 U.S.) per suitcase or other item and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00 U.S.) per Guest in the event of loss, damage or delay to any of Guest’s baggage or other property taken on the voyage.
(g) Insurance by Guest. Ordinary baggage, excess weight baggage, higher value baggage, and valuables, may be insured by the Guest directly through his insurance broker, travel agent, or otherwise.
(h) Safe Deposit. A reasonable amount of space in a deposit box or safe on board, if the vessel is so equipped, will be allowed each Guest upon request, but, in consideration of the Carrier’s furnishing such deposit box or safe without extra cost to Guest and in as much as no charge is made, it is mutually agreed that the Carrier’s liability, if any, for loss of, or damage to, any goods deposited shall not be increased by reason of the deposit being made.
(i) Unchecked Baggage. The Carrier does not assume any responsibility for unchecked baggage, nor for any articles which the Guest retains under his personal control, in his cabin or elsewhere.
(j) General Average Baggage/hand baggage/other property of the Guest shall not contribute in general average (a basis for sharing the cost in the case of certain losses).