The following information will help you book your Perl Whirl '05 Cruise properly and with minimal effort. Please read all the information carefully before completing the reservation form. At approximately two to four weeks prior to sailing you will receive your tickets. For those of you who have never cruised before, we'll send you a guide to the cruise in this same mailing. This guide includes important information such as: What to pack, specifics on tour excursions and prices, special guest lecturers, our Perl Whirl '05 sessions on board, and much more! Only passengers booked through Geek Cruises will be admitted to the Perl Whirl '05 conference.
(I) TWO PERSONS SHARING THE SAME CABIN: Double occupancy means that two passengers will be sharing the same cabin. All cabins have either two lower beds, or beds that may convert to a double or queensize or king-size bed.
(II) TRIPLE AND QUAD OCCUPANCY: If three or four family members or friends wish to share the same cabin, they may do so. The third and fourth passenger rates are listed in the pricing information (see next column).
(III) GUARANTEED SHARE (GS) FARES: This plan is for passengers who are coming on a GEEK CRUISE by themselves and wish to share a cabin with another passenger. The prices are the same as the per person double occupancy rates. Be sure to check the box that says Guaranteed Share. NOTE: GS cabin assignments will be done at time of document issuance, only. You will be matched with members of the same gender, and we factor in age and geography where possible. If snoring is an issue, Geek Cruises provides free earplugs (29 decibel Noise Reduction Rating per ANSI S3.19-1974) to GS passengers on request. Guaranteed Shares are not always available if booking within 90 days of sailing. And Guaranteed Shares are not always available in cabins with verandahs. Share Passengers who smoke, are not to do so in the cabin, unless okayed by their roommates.
(IV) SINGLE OCCUPANCY: This is for travelers who "like their space" and who wish to occupy a cabin by themselves. There is a single occupancy upcharge of 50% for just a few "Inside cabins"; 100% for all other cabins. Call for availability.
(V) PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED (PC): There are a very limited number of specially equipped cabins for the Physically Challenged. Please let us know your specific needs. (We do not offer PC Guarantee Shares.)
Please allow seven to ten days for processing of payments. We'll mail out a receipt shortly after you book. To be confirmed on the cruise, we must have a fully completed Booking (below) along with your per person deposit. Passengers will receive cabin assignment upon booking but these cabin assignments are subject to change. Port charges and government taxes (stated below) are in addition to the per person cruise rates listed on this page.
CRUISE PRICING INFORMATION
Deposit: $400 per person, due at time of booking
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The Perl Whirl '05 CONFERENCE FEE is $995. Only passengers booked through Geek Cruises will be admitted to the Perl Whirl '05. The Perl Whirl '05 Conference fee subject to the following cancellation fees: $100 if canceling after June 1, 2005; $250 if canceling from July 1, 2005 to August 1, 2005; $395 if canceling after August 1. All conference cancellation fees, however, can be applied to a future Geek Cruise!
ALUMNI DISCOUNTS: $50 per person discount for previous Geek Cruisers.
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: 150% for some inside cabins; 200% for all other cabins.
PORT CHARGES, TAXES & GRATUITIES: Port charges/taxes are $192 per person. The gratuity fee is $70 per person; this fee covers the Dining Room Waiter, Assistant Waiter, Head Waiter, Maitre D', and Cabin Steward.
FULL PAYMENT is due on July 1, 2005 (or, if you book after July 1, at the time of booking). The signed Insurance Waiver is due in the Geek Cruises office upon issuance and no later than the final payment date.
FOREIGN SHIPPING FEES and ADDITIONAL PAYMENT INFORMATION: There is a foreign shipping charge of $60 (to cover the shipping of your cruise tickets) per foreign residence ($35 per Canadian residence). Payments may be made by check, money order or major credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, Diners Club, or American Express). Checks are to be made payable to Int'l Technology Conferences, in US dollars only, and drawn on a US bank. Sorry, no exceptions. There is a $25 charge for returned checks. Any fees or charges related to check payments or wire transfers will be charged back to your invoice.
AIR ADD-ONS: Airfare from most major cities is available through the cruise line. You can call our office for this pricing. (These rates include transfers to/from the dock/airport.) In most cases, however, you will find better airfares on your own. Online travel sites such as Expedia.com or Travelzoo.com are excellent resources.
PRE-CRUISE HOTEL STAYS: Sightsee Tampa from your home base at the lovely Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore.
PRE-CRUISE COCKTAIL PARTY: $59. Take this opportunity to meet the speakers and your fellow Geek Cruisers. The reception will be held in the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore the night before departure (October 1, 6:30pm - 8pm). Premium beer, wines, mixed drinks, and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served.
WHAT'S INCLUDED? All your food, t-shirts for every passenger, Private Perl Whirl '05 cocktail parties (two in all!), all your entertainment, room service, outrageous scenery and more! Your bar bill, casino action, beauty parlor visits, shore excursions and any expenses of a personal nature are the only extras.
IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: If you do not have a Passport, bring a notarized and certified original of your birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID (like a drivers license). Non-U.S. citizens residing in the United States will need valid Alien Registration (green) cards as well. All others must have valid passports and any required visas when boarding the vessel. All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for embarkation, disembarkation at the ports of call, and re-entry into the United States are the responsibility of the passenger. Non U.S. citizens are asked to please check with government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You may be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship.
CRUISE CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, INSURANCE
and CHANGES: After booking, a Cancellation Processing Fee (CP fee)
of $100 per person will be assessed (but will be applied towards any
future Geek Cruise); between July 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005,
$300 will be assessed; between September 1 and September 20, 50% will be assessed;
between April 16 and May 15, 60% of gross fare is assessed; and after
September 21, and after, 100% of the gross fare is assessed. After full or final payment
date, all invoices will be subject to a minimum charge of $50 for any
changes. To protect against cancellation penalties,
Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance is available and strongly recommended.
Geek Cruises provides access to this insurance; Trip Cancellation brochures
are included with your initial invoice. A signed Insurance Waiver
is due in the Geek Cruises office upon issuance of same. Travel documents
will not be released and your booking is subject to cancellation unless
we receive the Insurance Waiver.
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