MacMania cruise still poised to set sail

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Despite the terrorist attacks on the U.S. and a weak economy that has left some ocean cruises wanting for customers, the MacMania cruise is still proceeding at full steam, according to Neil Bauman, captain and CEO of Geek Cruises.

"We're still getting bookings, and have even since Sept. 11," he told MacCentral.

MacMania is the upcoming seven-day ocean cruise, with ports of call in Alaska, that combines pleasure with 20 hours of conference courses. One conference track will involve Mac OS X and be targeted to developers. There'll be five tracks for end users. It's being arranged by Geek Cruises, a company that schedules "cruise conferences" that combine work and play.

The MacMania cruise will depart May 27 from Vancouver for Alaska's Inside Passage. Room for MacMania is limited to approximately 400. Cruising prices (if booked six months in advance) are: inside cabins: US$1,050-$1,100 (depending on category) and outside cabins: $1,350-$1,550. Prices will go up on Nov. 27. The conference price is $600 for the End Users Track and $1,250 for the OS X Developers Track. Port taxes are an additional $184 per person. For more info go to the Geek Cruises Web site.

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