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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No idea why I'd expect you to know this...

... but the only dumb question is the one left unasked, right?

Here's the deal... there used to be scheduled ferry service between Eastern Mediterranean tourist destinations such as Israel, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, etc. But a few years ago, presumably due to the security situation around here, all of the ferry operators stopped operating.

Who knows... maybe it was just economics and the runs weren't profitable enough.

Whatever the reason(s), it is tantalizing to be so close to places that are perfect for scooter touring, yet not be able to take my own scooter on a vacation.

Sure, I could rent a scooter in pretty much all of the places I mentioned above. But I know, like and most importantly, trust my scooter.

Also, most of the eastern Med rental places offer 125s and 150s, while I like the GTS 250... especially if my wife will be riding cupcake (I'm gonna pay a price for that expression, I'm sure).

So I got to thinking that there are still a bunch of cruise ship operators that stop in Haifa. I wonder if it's possible to bring a scooter on a cruise ship?

Anyone have any experience, or even wild guesses?

The next step is obviously to start calling the cruise operators. But clerks tend to fall back on the default 'no' answer if they aren't sure... and the likelihood of getting the right person on the phone who actually does know for sure one way or the other is pretty low.

Thanks in advance for chiming in.

Posted by David Bogner on May 15, 2012 | Permalink

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Not to put ideas into your head, but a cousin of mine and his friend are in the middle of a year-long round-the-world trip on their bikes. You can read all about it here: http://www.eastbound.at/en/category/allgemein/

Posted by: Raz | May 15, 2012 3:35:07 PM

This sounds like something you should ask on http://travel.stackexchange.com/ . Chances are that someone in that community knows something about moving scooters around the Mediterranean.

Posted by: Isaac | May 15, 2012 5:08:33 PM

When you call the cruise lines just be careful of the terminology you use. After 30 seconds of Googling, it appears that "scooter" is generally referring to a mobility scooter (like a Rascal or a Hoveround) and not a motorize cycle...

Posted by: AliasJoe | May 15, 2012 6:23:35 PM

Not exactly in line with what you are asking, but there is or was a cruise geared to motorcyclists, they were able to bring their bikes on the ship, and off load at each stop that was made. This was around the Caribbean. Wrong side of the Atlantic though.

Posted by: JDMDad | May 15, 2012 7:49:47 PM

Hmmm ... if you can get a doctor to write you a note, perhaps they would allow it onboard :-)

Posted by: Mark | May 15, 2012 9:47:40 PM

Useless here. But I had to share that when I saw the headline in my Blogger feed, I knew who wrote it. There has to be some currency there...

Posted by: rutimizrachi | May 15, 2012 11:15:36 PM

All I know about cruises is from hearsay (luggage limited to pieces ≤ 30 kg, all pieces go into he passenger's cabin). But have you thought about passenger cargos? I found them quite comfortable and interesting.

This one would allow you to carry unnamed "accompanied vehicles" and makes for a port in the eastern Mediterranean:
http://www.cargolines.biz/IGR-03.htm
(-- Ashdod -- Haifa -- Gemlik (Turkey) -- )

This one offers its guests to take along their car, so why not their scooter? But it calls at a port in Italy:
http://www.cargolines.biz/IGR-01.htm
(-- Ashdod -- Salerno --)

Posted by: colchico | May 16, 2012 1:30:42 AM

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