Policy

The Big Kids Table is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and BKT staff. Each and every participant, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, Association staff, service providers, is expected to understand and follow attendance policies. These expectations apply to all BKT meeting-related events, including those events held in conjunction with BKT conferences and events

CDC POLICY

The CDC regularly issues travel advisories concerning risks associated with COVID-19. The CDC cautions that any travel poses a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, including travel by air, bus or train, automobiles, and cruises. The CDC currently advises that travel to more than 150 countries presents a very high risk in addition to cruises. For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled for a future date.

 

If you do go on a cruise during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Do not board a cruise if you are sick, if you know you have COVID-19, or if you were exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Discuss cruise ship travel with your healthcare provider. Older adults and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness if infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.


Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you. It’s important to do this everywhere—both indoors and outdoors.


Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces, including when using public transportation.
Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Do not travel if you are sick.
If you get sick with symptoms of COVID-19, stay in your cabin and notify the onboard medical center immediately.
If a threshold of COVID-19 is detected on board the ship, the voyage will be ended immediately, and the ship will return to the port of embarkation. Your subsequent travel home may be restricted or delayed.

 


Passengers who decide to travel are advised to take the following precautions to protect others for 14 days after their return from a cruise ship voyage:

Get tested 3–5 days after your trip and stay home for 7 days after travel.
Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
If you don't get tested, it's safest to stay home for 14 days after travel.
Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
The above warnings and recommendations above are subject to change without notice. For updated information refer to CDC's website   near the time of your cruise.

INFANT POLICY

Cruise fares are per person which includes children and infants. When traveling with 2 full fare guests, additional guests in the same stateroom pay a discounted cruise fare. Children less than 2 years of age are not required to extend gratuities.  

 

The policy below is in place due to the infant's vulnerable health. While at sea or in port, the availability of medical care may be limited or delayed. Early infant care, in particular may require specialized diagnostic facilities and/or treatment that are not obtainable during the cruise on board the ship or ashore in ports of call.

Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail with the exception of the following cruises:

Children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail on trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea days.

SHARED ROOMS
Every BKT attendee will reserve the right for three options: a single suite or a shared room with a specific guest one may know or from random selection. 
PLEASE NOTE: You must provide the name and email address of your preferred roommate.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 The preferred roommate will have 48 hours to respond to your invitation, create an application, and pay their first initial deposit. If this is not done, the initial applicant will have three options: (1) you can upgrade to a single suite, (2) you can choose random selection or (3) run the risk of your ticket being cancelled for our retreat.
All BKT attendees are expected to abide by appropriate behavior and abide by the Carnival cruise housing policies as well. The Big Kids Table and the Lifestyle Brand (TLB), our partnership organization, are not liable for any fees procured to any BKT attendees, speakers, and staff are not throughout the trip or given by Carnival. 
CANCELLATION POLICY

The BKT Homecoming 2022 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. BKT reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. If the event registration fees are not paid by the deadline, the BKT and TLB staff hold the right to cancel your entire ticket to the retreat. Neither BKT nor TLB is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. The event’s operating hours, schedules, guests, and speakers are subject to change or cancellation without notice. PLEASE NOTE: If the trip is cancelled due to COVID·19, all guest will receive a refund. Please take time top review the COVID·19 rules and restrictions for the cruise line.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Attendee Cancellation Policy
All registration cancellations and refund requests for the event, including preconferences and meal events, must be made in writing by Friday, January 14, 2022, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. No telephone cancellations/refund requests can be accepted. After Friday, January 14, 2022, no requests for refunds will be accepted and no exceptions will be made to the policy. Registrations made after Friday, January 14, 2022 are nonrefundable. We are not liable for payment for any added gratuities and/or amenities. Conference fees are non-refundable.

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