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~148 sq ft (picture)
|$4,139||[ GS available ]|
~143 sq ft (picture)
|$4,159||[ GS available ]|
|BETTER INTERIOR (J)
~148 sq ft (picture)
|$4,179||[ GS available ]|
|BEST INTERIOR (I)
~148 sq ft (picture)
|$4,199||[ GS available ]|
OCEAN VIEW (G) ~171 sq ft
|OCEAN VIEW (FF)
~171 sq ft (picture)
|OCEAN VIEW (E)
~171 sq ft (picture)
|OCEAN VIEW (DA)
~171 sq ft (picture)
|BETTER OCEAN VIEW (D)
~171 sq ft (picture)
|BEST OCEAN VIEW (C)
~171 sq ft (picture)
~249 sq ft incl. balcony (picture)
~249 sq ft incl. balcony (picture)
|BETTER VERANDAH (V)
~269 sq ft w/ balcony (picture)
|BEST VERANDAH (A)
~249 sq ft incl. balcony (picture)
|BETTER DECK OR CORNER
NEPTUNE SUITE (SB)
~548 sq ft incl. balcony
|BEST NEPTUNE SUITE (SA)
~590 sq ft incl. balcony (picture)
|PINNACLE SUITE (PS)
~1,150 sq ft incl. balcony (picture)
|Cruise rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Pricing and availability are subject to change. [ PC available ] means that physically-challenged-equipped cabins are available in this category. [ GS available ] means that Guauranteed Share options are available in this category.|
The optional Bright Horizons Program Fee is $1,575. (The Seminar fee is waived for those under the age of 18.) Visit the SEMINARS tab for a listing of classes.
We reserve the right to cancel any Event because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of our travelers or staff.
A $750 pp deposit, plus a $150 pp Non-refundable Booking Service Fee, along with a completed reservation form confirms your space. FULL PAYMENT is due on September 25, 2018 (“Final Payment Date”) (or, if you book after September 25, 2018 at the time of booking). Passengers are not confirmed on the manifest and cruise tickets are not issued until your account is paid in full. The Program Fee ($1,575) payment is due 30 days after initial booking.
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 Insight Cruises, in U.S. dollars only, and drawn on a U.S. bank. There is a $25 charge for returned checks.
A signed Insurance Waiver is due in the Insight Cruises office upon issuance and no later than the Final Payment Date. Your booking is subject to cancellation unless we receive this document.
Insight Cruises sometimes may charge more than cruiseline for a similar cabin category because our cruise pricing includes several parties, meeting room space, plus a pair of Tour Leaders traveling with the group. Therefore, if you ask Insight Cruises to match a published price on HollandAmerica.com we will do so but we will add a $150 pp Facility Fee. Cruiseline email promotions, other non-published rates, and “promotions not combinable with groups” are excluded.
If you purchase the cruise on your own, the Program or Conference Fee can be purchased separately. There is a 60% Conference/Program Fee surcharge to do this. This surcharge covers all goods and services the cruiseline provides to guests traveling with our group. This option is capacity controlled.
All cruise prices are subject to change until your booking is confirmed. We will notify you of any price change, and await your acceptance, before your reservation is considered “booked” and confirmed. Either party may cancel the booking within 14 days of the initial $750 deposit, with no penalty, for any reason — so long as this cancellation is prior to 30 days prior to the Final Payment Date. We’ll send you an email confirmation (if you provide us with your email address) and an itemized invoice via mail/post within three (3) business days of your deposit. You must return a signed copy of your DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT CONFIRMATION form within 30 days of booking or your cruise reservation is subject to cancellation. If you do not return this form by the Final Payment Date, your cruise reservation will automatically be cancelled and cancellation penalties will be assessed. We will send you multiple reminders by email and by phone before your reservation is cancelled. Passengers typically receive cabin assignments upon booking but these cabin assignments are subject to change.
If you would like to be the sole occupant of a cabin, there is a single-occupancy upcharge of 75% for cabins without a balcony and a 100% upcharge for all cabins with a balcony.
This option is for passengers who are coming on Bright Horizons by themselves and wish to share a cabin with another passenger in our group. Many Insight Cruisers, male and female, are independent travelers. Some of our sharing guests find a new friend in their roommate; some find a source of new information and viewpoints; all find a great cruise fee!
The cabin-share prices are the same as the per person double occupancy rates. Be sure to select the option on the online booking form that asks, “Do you want to share a room with another Insight Cruiser? (This is called our Share program.)” NOTE: Only non-balcony cabin categories are available to share. (Please inquire if you wish to share a different category.) Share cabin assignments are generally made at time of ticket issuance — and shared cabin assignments are subject to change. If you can be matched, you will be matched with members of the same gender, and we factor in age and geography where possible. Shares are guaranteed if you book outside of 90 days prior to sailing and are participating in our Program. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. However, Share Passengers who smoke may not smoke on their verandah unless their roommate specifically consents. Because of the limited number of accessible cabins, shares are not available for physically challenged passengers.
$999 – $1,099 per person.
A $25 discount is given for each previous Insight Cruise attended. Minimum discount is $50 pp for previous Insight Cruisers. Maximum discount is 10% of the cruise fare.
The above fees are non-refundable and will be collected at the time of adding our services.
Insight Cruises sends guests information and answers questions primarily via email. Using software we have a clear picture of the number of emails exchanged with guests — and on guests’ behalf — to make or change reservations, research and answer questions, and provide necessary information to guests across the trip-planning cycle. (The average number of emails for an average booking of two people is 27.) We understand that if you book hotel or air through Insight Cruises, this may lead to a predictable number of additional email exchanges.
Some guests’ trip preparation involves more emails and questions than others, whether due to the scope, duration, and complexity of travel or to personal communication or planning style. And some customers just want more personalized service. We estimate that each email costs Insight Cruises approximately $10. (Keep in mind, typing a response is small part of providing an answer.) We therefore assess fees for usage that is more than double the average.
Once you book with Insight Cruises, you are allotted 35 emails and/or phone calls. Included in this count — as one each — are: each phone call to Insight Cruises; each email you send to us; our reply to your email; plus each email we send out and/or receive to research and answer your questions that are not answered or addressed on our webpages.
In addition to the included 35 emails (which is your initial allotment), most of our added services automatically increase your allotment:
A Neptune or Pinnacle Suite booking comes with 15 additional emails.
When a booking surpasses the original 35 emails (plus any additional emails automatically provided as a result of the additional services above), you will be assesed $79 for an additional 10-email allotment.
Consider Our Enhanced Email Service Options
We believe our professional expertise is one of the most important benefits we offer to our clients. Focused planning, awareness of consequences, effective knowledge sharing, and careful management are built into our customer services. And we want to empower you to travel to your heart’s content and ask us as many questions as you need. Therefore, we offer two Enhanced Services:
NOTES: You will be notified when you reach 50%, and then again at 75%, of your allotted number of emails. All of our Email Service Fees are non-refundable.
$89. Shift mental gears and start your road trip by joining us at Bright Horizons Pre-cruise Cocktail Party! Take this opportunity to meet your fellow Bright Horizons participants. The reception will be held in Four Seasons the night before departure. Premium beer, local wines, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Prices shown below are quoted per person (pp). Insight Cruises also charges a $50 pp, $75 min., non-refundable hotel-booking service fee.
Prior to our cruise you are invited to stay in one of the two official Holland America pre-cruise hotels. Prices includes all taxes, porterage, and two transfers (from the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to the pier). Our standard cruise penalties apply to your pre-cruise hotel reservation — which means hotels stays can be removed from your reservation prior to the Final Payment Date without any penalty. The Holland America per-person pricing for this centrally-located property is:
PRE-CRUISE: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
|NIGHTS:||One (1)||Two (2)|
PRE-CRUISE: Hyatt Regency Sydney
After the cruise enjoy Sydney from the fabulous Four Seasons. Prices (quoted per person) includes all taxes, porterage, and two transfers (from the pier to the hotel and then from the hotel to the airport). Our standard cruise penalties apply to your post-cruise hotel reservation — which means hotels stays can be removed from your reservation prior to the Final Payment Date without any penalty. The Holland America per-person pricing for this centrally-located property is:
POST-CRUISE: Hyatt Regency Sydney
|NIGHTS:||One (1)||Two (2)||Three (3)|
The Program Fee cancellations and refunds — The Program Fee is subject to the following cancellation fees: $95 if canceling six months or more before The Date Your Travel Begins (TDYTB); $195 if canceling between six months and the Final Payment Date; and no refund if canceling after the Final Payment Date. All Program cancellation fees, however, may be applied to any future Insight Cruise Program Fee.
Cruise, excursions, and/or hotel cancellations, refunds, and changes: Any cancellation or any change of status (or request for a change in status) which relates to your booking must be transmitted, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, to Insight Cruises in writing or via email. If you have purchased insurance, and there is any unnecessary delay in notifying us of your change in status, your “cancellation date” will be affected and will likely adversely affect your insurance reimbursement.
Name changes are permitted (for a $150 fee) up until the Final Payment Deadline. Name changes after the Final Payment Deadline are considered a cancellation and the per-person cancellation fees, below, will be assessed.
Once booked, you are assessed a $150 per person Non-refundable Booking Service Fee. Additional per-person cruise cancellation fees are based on date of receipt of notice to cancel (via in writing or email):
The optional Program Fee ($1,575) includes over 24 hours of programming plus several parties. Traveling companions who do not want to participate in our Program can simply enjoy their cruise (and our cocktail parties) and need not pay this additional Program Fee.
NOTE — The items listed in this paragraph are not included in the table of cabin prices at the top of this page. However, except for the $14.50 per person, per day cruiseline gratuities, all of these charges are bundled into the price quoted under BOOK / PRICE NOW: Port charges, government taxes, and fees ($170 per person); Non-refundable Booking Service Fee ($150); cruiseline gratuities ($14 per person per day); tour leader gratuities ($10 pp per day). The following items and services are not included in any of our pricing and can be purchased onboard: the spa; casino action; Holland America shore excursions; dining in the two private restaurants (about $25 pp); and any expenses of a personal nature are extra.
The ship has a very limited number of specially equipped cabins for the Physically Challenged. Please let us know your specific needs. PC Guaranteed Shares are not available.
A Passport (valid through July 4, 2019) is required. Non-U.S. residents 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. residents are asked to check with government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements.
Please see the Exit, Entry & Visa Requirements area for the U.S. State Department’s information on Exit/Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens. You will be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship and without all necessary visas.
Along with many thousands of American travelers, we rely on CIBTvisas for our visas (we are not affiliated with CIBTvisas, we are simply happy customers).
Please carefully consider buying this or other travel insurance.
Are you covered by Medicare if you travel outside of the United States? Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance can also protect against cancellation penalties.
We’ve never had a guest cancel because they won the lottery or had a brilliant stroke of fortune. More often than you would expect, we have had guests cancel because of pre-event illnesses, sports injuries, broken bones, death in the family, unexpected surgery, emergency surgery, stolen passports, and general family uproar. Life does throw curves. Spare yourself financial disappointment if your trip must be cancelled or is interrupted.
Currently, we offer two options. Both will reimburse you 100% up to a maximum trip cost for covered reasons — assuming you have insured the full cost of your trip:
Unlike most trip interruption and cancellation insurance policies, you can purchase CSA G-906 up to 24 hours prior to the Final Payment Date and still be covered for pre-existing conditions (granted that you are fit to travel at the time of purchase).
»» To review the CSA brochure
»» To download the Description of Coverage
»» Get a CSA quote and purchase the insurance
NOTES: Trip Cancellation Insurance payments are not always refundable. Cancel-for-any-reason coverage varies slightly, carrier to carrier, based on the level of penalty when you cancel. CSA does not offer Cancel-for-any-reason coverage. Typically, if you cancel at the last possible moment, with cancel-for-any-reason coverage you are only likely to get between 70% and 80% back.
While we have never seen a change, dates and times that appear on our website are subject to change. Therefore, if you fly in the day the cruise begins, or fly home the day the cruise debarks, you should confirm your flight times with us prior to making your flight reservations. We also urge you to check airline cancellation penalties and change fees before purchasing air tickets since departure times and flights can change.
For Business Class or First Class air (purchased with frequent flyer miles or if you pay by credit card), we offer excellent fares and personalized service. Please email email@example.com.
For coach/economy air, we recommend:
1) You can book the air yourself.
If you want to shop for your own air, we recommend http://www.kayak.com. Or book directly with your preferred airline.
2) You can reach out to our air supplier directly:
2105 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
773-525-3800 ext 25
3) If you would like deluxe, personalized, and customized service with regard to your travel, Insight Cruises can provide this. There are two tiers to our service fees.
As part of option 3) you could choose to book the cruiseline’s air. The cruiseline’s air is often a little more expensive than buying directly, but the advantage is that the cruiseline takes responsibility for getting you on the ship and getting you home after the cruise. For mid-winter cruises, when flights are occasionally cancelled, this is an added measure of comfort.
Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airports. Be certain to confirm all air flights 72 hours prior to departure.
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since departure times and flights can change. Neither Insight Cruises nor Insight Cruises’ partners, co-producers, sponsors, or agents accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with Insight Cruises’ events.
Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant (Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance typically provides you with an allowance to buy replacements for your trip.) Most homeowners policies, and most airlines, cover your lost luggage.
Participants on Insight Cruises events may be photographed for educational and promotional purposes.
Smoking is not allowed in your cabin or inside the ship. You may smoke on your cabin balcony if you have one and there is a smoking area, outside, on the upper deck, all the way aft.
Bright Horizons is managed by Insight Cruises, hired as an independent contractor. Insight Cruises acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither Scientific American nor Insight Cruises shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay, or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. Scientific American and Insight Cruises reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our participants.
Scientific American and Insight Cruises reserve the right, without penalty, to decline to accept any person as a participant. Insight Cruises reserves the right to require any participant to withdraw, at the participant’s own expense, from the event at any time, when such action is determined by Insight Cruises’ staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety, or general welfare of the group or the individual participant; Insight Cruises will then refund the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and/or accommodations, if applicable. Scientific American and Insight Cruises accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to the cruise departure city and return. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.
Dates, schedules, and program details, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the flyer(s) or the website, are subject to change and revision. Neither Insight Cruises nor Insight Cruises’ partners, co-producers, sponsors, or agents accept liability for cancellation penalties or change fees related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with Insight Cruises’ events.
AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:
The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this event, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the event brochure and/or these webpages, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the event and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth above. The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, force majeure, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, civil unrest, war or insurrection, theft, illness, disease, strikes, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of event staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the event, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release Scientific American and Insight Cruises and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this event, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of event staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this event, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this event.
BY REGISTERING FOR THIS CRUISE, THE PARTICIPANT AGREES TO THE RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREIN.