Posted February 21st, 2017, 02:58 PM
Wow - what a blow for many reasons! Some crew, including senior officers, have bikes on board - there is even a bike 'technician' who will fix your bike for a small fee plus I know several guests who travel with their folding bikes on the longer cruises. Know a HAL hotel director and his director wife who travel with their bicycle built for 2. They are entitled to 2 cabins so use 1 for storage and 'quiet' time.
Wonder if HAL will allow an exemption as they do for golf clubs - might be worth asking.
Thanks for the support. I am wondering about the staff bikes - but they seem to have different rules. As older travelers, we're starting to have issues with walking and use our bike (tandem) as a mobility aid in port (and at home). I may have more conversations with them, but right now I'm just sad that HAL has made this change. We have a HAL trip (family w/o bikes) already scheduled - to be honest, if the family wasn't coming, I'd cancel it today.
This came up because we are looking to book a cruise this week and I always ask - Carnival told us they would confiscate and dispose of our $$$ bike
. At this point, while we would probably not have taken our bikes (Amazon cruise), my attitude toward HAL is so low that we may just cancel that, too.
Again, we know we are a minority, but cycling is part of our life and we've really enjoyed HAL as well. It's sad to have such an arbitrary change affect the next ten years of our travel life.
Costa Mediterranea - Venice to Istanbul R/T
HAL Rotterdam - Copenhagen to Rotterdam - Baltic Capitals
NCL - Pride of Aloha - Oahu R/T
Hurtegrutin - Bergen to Kirkenes - Northbound
HAL Maasdam - Maritimes - Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale
HAL Volendam - Alaska - Vancouver - Skagway R/T
HAL Volendam - Mexican Riveria - San Diego R/T
Celebrity Infinity - Panama Canal - Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles
Croatia - Bike and Boat Dalmatian Islands
HAL Volendam - Auckland - Vancouver - TP - 3/2012
Disney Magic - Western Caribbean - 12/2011 - 1/29/14
Norwegian Pearl - Family Alaska cruise
Queen Elizabeth SFO - SOU World Cruise 2/8/15
HAL Prinsendam - TA - Baltic - Norway 5/15/16
HAL Zaandam - Antarctica 2017
HAL Maasdam - Family cruise Montreal to Boston - June 2017
HAL Veendam - R/T FLL to Amazon and Rio (booked but cancelled by HAL)
Cunard QE - WC 2018 SFO to SOU (segments booked)