Accordingly, we answer this narrow question in the affirmative and quash the decision below.
I. FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
This case arises from a lawsuit brought by Mark R. Shea (the father) over the tragic death of his eleven-year-old son, Mark Garrity Shea (Garrit), during an African safari that Garrit took with his mother, Molly Bruce Jacobs. Before the trip, Garrit’s mother signed a travel contract for the African safari on behalf of herself and her son with Global Travel Marketing. [Ed. The complaint alleges that during the course of the safari, one or more hyenas dragged Garrit from the tent where he was sleeping alone and mauled him to death.] The contract called for Global Travel to provide Jacobs and Garrit a twenty-five-day safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana at a cost of approximately $ 39,000. The travel contract contained provisions concerning travel documents, medical contingencies, and the travel company’s refund and cancellation policy. The contract included an arbitration clause:
Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the making, performance or interpretation thereof, shall be settled by binding arbitration in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association . . . .
Regarding Garrit, the contract specifically provided:
I, as parent or legal guardian of the below named minor, hereby give my permission for this child or legal ward to participate in the trip and further agree, individually and on behalf of my child or ward, to the terms of the above.