Can I Take My Dog On A Cruise Ship?

As you might expect, we occasionally get calls from clients asking which cruise lines allow the transportation of pets.  It’s a question that is that makes a lot of sense when you consider that most of the cruises we sell last around anything between 7 to 130 nights – it’s perfectly understandable that not everyone is happy about leaving their dog for such a lengthy period.

It is then somewhat unfortunate that nearly all the major cruise lines do not offer the facilities to cater for the transportation of pets on their vessels.

There is however, one exception…

Cunard Cruises – Pets on Deck

Cunard’s innovative “Pets on Deck” program has been in operation in one form or another since the mid 1800’s.  During this time Cunard Cruises has carried thousands of dogs (and cats!) across the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from loyal domesticated companions to fully-fledged Hollywood stars such as Rin-Tin-Tin who appeared in a plethora of films between 1923 and 1932.

Available on transatlantic cruises on the Queen Mary 2 between New York and Southampton, this unique service really is a second to none.  For a modest fee, your pet will be allocated their very own kennel and will enjoy regular exercise courtesy of the ships in-house Kennel Master.  Throughout the duration of the crossing, your pet will be well-looked after and will receive their own gift pack and life jacket.  Of course, it goes without saying that should you want to visit your pet whilst at sea, you’re more than welcome to do so, with the kennels offering visiting hours at certain times during the day.

Please note that there are certain restrictions regarding the transportation of pets. For more details, please call us on 0800 008 6677.



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David Smith

About David Smith

David is The Cruise Line's Marketing Director and has worked in travel for nearly 15 years. In his youth, he toured Europe in a punk rock band, but he has since settled into the cruise way of life and his favourite ship is Seven Seas Mariner.


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