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GenCan 09-20-2007 07:01 AM

Does any crusie line allow you to travel with pets?

The reason I ask is because every year before I go on a cruise, I have to make tedious arrangements with pet sitters or Pet Hotels. It would be much better and fun if I could bring my doggie.

Jim C. 09-20-2007 07:26 AM

I have not heard of any, but if you discover one, I'd be interested because I'm in the same boat (no pun intended). My wife and I have discussed this but we keep running into the issue of where the doggies would be doing there business and then realize that there probably are customs issues with bringing animals in and out of the country. I think the issues involved in such a cruise prevent the cruise lines from offering one.

Luckily we have great friends who come and take care of our pets when we go out of town.

Cruise Fanatic 09-20-2007 09:22 AM

The only cruise line I know that has kennels (and only a few) is Cunard. The other cruise lines would allow a working dog only.

digdmr 09-20-2007 09:27 AM

On my recent Princess cruise in June, there was a lady with a dog in a baby stroller. Rumor has it that she was able to bring her dog because she was on oxygen and his purpose was, supposedly, for medical reasons.

Chef Ken 09-20-2007 09:51 AM

Yes I have heard of that option being used for things like being excluded from a pet deposit in an apartment.

You simply get your doctor to right a letter stating that the dog is a medical necessity for your emotional well-being.

However, there is still the issue of where they do their business and I haven't seen grass growing on any ships I have sailed.

digdmr 09-20-2007 10:10 AM

That, and disposal of their business. I think that is definitely another item not to throw overboard. That does make me wonder how the lady on the Princess ship took care of those matters. Maybe it's worth a call to Princess to find out what their requirements are for allowing dogs on board and then see if other cruise lines have the same policy.

Chef Ken 09-20-2007 11:10 AM

Diapers! Doggy doo-doo diapers. If astronauts can why not?

GenCan 09-20-2007 11:11 AM

I guess I can see the problems that would arise from bringing dogs on board. Mainly, as everyone mentioned, where does the dog do his/her business? Cruise ships are building water park type structures on board. Ice skating is available on board. I'm sure there has to be a way to build a safe and hygenic component for dogs. Of course , one stipulation is that all dogs must be caught up on all of their shots and have no behavioral issues.

Thanks, Cruise Fanatic, I will check into Cunard.

Casanova frankenstein 09-20-2007 03:13 PM

Picture this example:
You are having fun!!
And then splat!!!
You just walk over doggie poo.
NICE!!!
I have two dogs I love them as my sons but I don't think the will have fun on ports
What are you going to do?
Leave them on your cabin?
What happen if they bite someone like the ones that work on your room service?
Or
What happen with the cabin next to you, your neighbors which ones had pay good money for their vacation too, if they start barking during the day or during night?
I will tell you my point of view:
You can have a lot of trouble just for getting the dog inside the ship, but you can have more trouble when you are at sea and people start complaining about your dog, sadly Dogs are nice but not everyone is a Dogs person so you know you will have troubles anyway.
IF I were you I will just leave them with someone that can take good care of them like I do during my cruises…

MrOctober 09-20-2007 03:57 PM

Quote:

Yes I have heard of that option being used for things like being excluded from a pet deposit in an apartment.

lol it's the pet deposit's all over the Ship that would worry me http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...icon_smile.gif

GenCan 09-20-2007 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Casanova frankenstein:
Picture this example:
You are having fun!!
And then splat!!!
You just walk over doggie poo.
NICE!!!
I have two dogs I love them as my sons but I don't think the will have fun on ports
What are you going to do?
Leave them on your cabin?
What happen if they bite someone like the ones that work on your room service?
Or
What happen with the cabin next to you, your neighbors which ones had pay good money for their vacation too, if they start barking during the day or during night?
I will tell you my point of view:
You can have a lot of trouble just for getting the dog inside the ship, but you can have more trouble when you are at sea and people start complaining about your dog, sadly Dogs are nice but not everyone is a Dogs person so you know you will have troubles anyway.
IF I were you I will just leave them with someone that can take good care of them like I do during my cruises…
Good Points! I wouldn't want to get in the dog house with anybody on board!

Maybe it isn't such a good idea. After all, it is a dog eat dog world out there.

Ok I'm done now.

Hank 09-20-2007 06:00 PM

Actually, Cunard line used to have staffed kennels on their ships in the old days. I am not sure about their newer ships, but you might want to send them an e-mail.

Hank

LisaP 09-20-2007 07:03 PM

I know there was a kennel on QE2 in 2003 when I was onboard for a transatlantic crossing. Remember, the reason for the kennel was to accommodate the pets of pax who were relocating or taking a very long vacation on the opposite side of the Atlantic and who wanted or needed the pet to come along. The pets were not allowed out of the kennel, but they could be visited there by their humans.

As for traveling with a service animal -- which is quite different -- I recall an article in Cruise Travel magazine a few years ago about a woman and her seeing eye dog who had been on numerous cruises together. The article described some of the accommodations made by the crew for the comfort and needs of the companion dog. There were also very stringent rules about vaccinations and, in some cases, quarantines, but I don't recall the details. This last part would apply to any animal traveling onboard ship, not just service animals.

Cruise Fanatic 09-20-2007 08:25 PM

The Queen Mary 2 has 12 kennels with a full time kennel master on the transatlantic voyages.

SanDee 09-20-2007 10:33 PM

We are considering a great high rise for retirement but thought it not possible because of our pets. I saw no place to really walk the dogs and I would hate to have to go down 14 floors to take Madonna our Min Pin for her numerous walks in the middle of the night. She is worse than a newborn. 2am 6 am 8 am. Luckily she goes straight to my husband. She prefers him to take her out.

We found out that the 5th floor is actually the grounds for the pets. They have a large area on the same floor as the pool to walk the dogs. Actually all around the building. It has artificial turf that is treated with something that attracts the dogs to it. They also have pooper scoopers and bags for cleanup. They hose the turf off daily. What a great idea! I see something like that working on a section of ship. It would be great to bring our pets.

I feel so guilty kenneling mine for 10 days while I am off having fun. I know they do not understand. Luckily I do not have to do it all the time as my brother and I take care of each others pets but this Nov we are all going on a cruise so all have to be kenneled. I have thought of pet sitters but do not feel comfortable with strangers having access to my home. http://images7.fotki.com/v143/photos...33/nono-vi.gif

Sandy 09-21-2007 06:24 AM

I used to kennel my dog and feel terrible about it. Then I read a couple of articles about how dogs don't have a sense of time. You can pick your dog up in 10 days, and it's likely he thinks you picked him up the day you dropped him off.

Sandy

Greyson 09-21-2007 08:09 AM

When we were on the Oosterdam, a lady had her eye-dog with her. There evidentally is a "poop deck" for the animals. That is what the crew called it anyway.

Agutaya 09-21-2007 08:05 PM

I'm organizing a fund raising cruise for Guide Dogs of Texas. We have two guide dogs coming on the cruise. The dogs will have a 4 x 4 box filled with cyprus mulch or turf.

There are stringent requirements for getting on and off the ship. The dogs will not be able to get off in Jamaica at all. They could have gotten off in Grand Cayman but the two visually impaired people didn't want to pay the $400 it would take to fulfill all the requirements. And the process would have taken about 6 months. The dogs will be able to get off in Mexico.

The dogs can not be left alone in the cabins when their owners are ashore. I'll stay on the ship and care for the dogs in Jamaica and Grand Cayman while the visually impaired people go ashore with their spouses.

I get iritated when people misuse the law to take their pets where they would not normally be allowed to go. On the other hand assistance animals are used for many reasons that are not as apparent as someone who is visually impaired.

Frase 09-22-2007 10:44 PM

Speaking of cruising with dogs, I just posted this video on the another topic about Streamers thrown from the ship. It is a video of an old episode of the Love Boat staring Fannie Flagg and Gene Rayburn. This video is very apros-pos to this topic (is that how you spell that French word?). Anyway, click on this link to see the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5-ZUL4lK3g

Hooked-on-HAL 09-23-2007 12:40 PM

Seeing-eye dogs or any service dog should be allowed on board. They are trained to be calm and gentle. Cruises should not exclude anyone because of a disabiliy. Good to hear there is a poop deck on HAL ships. Any deposits can get flushed just like the human kind.

I have no problem leaving my wonderful boxer/shepherd mix at home. Someone has to look after my teenagers while I am at sea!

eetonaee 09-24-2007 01:03 PM

Perhaps dog lovers could charter a ship on its last cruise before a major overhaul or retirement.

The cruise line wouldn't be as worried about any damage that the dogs would do and passengers would be aware that they have to watch for surprises as they walk the deck.

susanmaz 09-30-2007 01:38 PM

I recently kenneled my cat for our 2 week vacation - I told him he was going to overnight camp - and he bought it!!!


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