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MacMania 5 Booking

Western Caribbean • October 28th – November 4th, 2006

Making Your Reservation for MacMania
(October 28th – November 4th, 2006)

The following information will help you book your MacMania 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 MacMania sessions on board, and much more! Only passengers booked through Geek Cruises will be admitted to the MacMania Conference.

Select Plan I, II, III, IV, or V
Cabin prices vary by the category and type of accommodation you select. There are Inside cabins (without a window), Outside cabins (with a window, porthole, or verandah), Mini-Suites and Suites. All cabins have a private bathroom with shower (outside cabins also have bathtubs), color TV, telephone, and two beds which can convert to a queensize. Some cabins can accommodate a third and/or fourth person. A limited number of cabins for the Physically Challenged (PC) are available upon request. The following are 5 ways you may choose to sail with us:

(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 in an inside or outside cabin only. The prices are the same as the per person double occupancy rates. Be sure to check the box that says Guaranteed Share. Guaranteed Share cabin assignments will be done at time of document issuance, only. Also, please specify the room category of your choice. You will be matched with members of the same gender. Share Passengers who smoke, are not to do so in the cabin, unless okayed by fellow roommates.We will try to match you with someone close to your own age whenever possible.

(IV) SINGLE OCCUPANCY: This is for those who wish to solely occupy a cabin. There is a single occupancy upcharge of 50% for inside and outside cabins; 100% for all cabins with verandahs.

(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.

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.

CRUISE PRICING INFORMATION: Government taxes (above in column 2) are in addition to the per person cruise rates listed below. The cruise pricing (just below) is subject to change. Geek Cruises will generally match the cruise pricing advertised, at the time of booking, offered at the Holland America website. If at the time of booking the cruise line notifies us that the price of cruise fare has increased, you will notified of the new pricing before your reservation is booked.

Deposit: $400 per person, due at time of booking

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3rd AND/OR 4th PERSON RATE: ages 2 and older: $599; under 2 years old: $499

The MACMANIA CONFERENCE FEE is $795. Only passengers booked through Geek Cruises will be admitted to the MacMania. The MacMania Conference fee subject to the following cancellation fees: $100 if canceling before May 1, 2006; $200 if canceling from May 1, 2006 to August 1, 2006; $395 if canceling after August 1. All conference cancellation fees, however, can be applied to any future Geek Cruise!

ALUMNI DISCOUNTS: $25 discount given for each previous Geek Cruise attended. Minimum discount is $50 per person for previous Geek Cruisers. Maximum discount (including any Early-Bird discount) is 10% of the cruise fare.

SINGLE OCCUPANCY: 150% for standard inside and outside cabins; 200% for all suites and mini-suites.

PORT CHARGES, TAXES & GRATUITIES: Port charges (of $155 per person) are included; taxes are $83 per person and are additional. Holland America also charges, onboard, $10 per person per day for gratuities.

FULL PAYMENT is due on August 1, 2006 (or, if you book after August 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.

PRE-CRUISE HOTEL STAYS: Sightsee Tampa from our base, Tampa Airport Hilton Hotel, and/or meet and greet your fellow Geek Cruisers at our pre-cruise reception (see below). Transfers to/from the ship, and all taxes, are included in the prices below. (The Airport Hilton is only available for one night. For two or more nights, Holland America is offering the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The two-night pricing below is for the Grand Hyatt.)










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(All prices are PER PERSON. These prices include all taxes as well as a shuttle from the airport to the hotel and then a shuttle from the hotel to the pier.)

PRE-CRUISE COCKTAIL PARTY $59. Take this opportunity to meet the speakers and your fellow Geek Cruisers. The reception will be held in the PRE-CRUISE HOTEL (Tampa Airport Hilton) the night before departure. Premium beer, wines, mixed drinks, and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served.

WHAT'S INCLUDED? All your food, Private MacMania cocktail party, 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: U.S. Citizens — a Passport valid through March 1, 2007 is required. 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: Any cancellation or any change of status (or requests for a change in status) which relates to your booking must be transmitted to InSight Cruises in writing. 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 August 1, 2006 and 50 days before commencement of travel, $450 will be assessed; from 49 – 30 days before commencement of travel, 50% of the gross fare will be assessed; from 29 – 20 days before commencement of travel, 80% of the gross fare will be assessed; 19 days or less before commencement of travel, 100% of 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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