Have you ever wished you could have brought your cat or dog on a cruise with you? Well, believe it or not some lucky pets actually get to have the cruise experience; but, before you start calling your favorite cruise line to book your pet on your next cruise it’s important to note this normally unheard of feature is only available on Cunard and only on Transatlantic crossings on Queen Mary 2. (Furthermore, kennel space is available to cats and dogs only.)
Cunard’s Kennel Programme offers pet owners a way to transport their four legged friends to England (or New York) without having to fly. The process is also a bit complicated, but worth it in the long run if you’re willing to take all the necessary steps to make it happen. First, kennel space must be reserved well in advance. Currently there are 12 kennels available, but when QM2 undergoes a major refitting in June, 2016, additional kennels will be added to accommodate more pets. Next, you must obtain a pet passport for your pet (your veterinarian will be able to help you to obtain this vital travel document.) Additionally, your pet will need to have a health certificate issued no more than 30 days old from the date of travel and the pet must be micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies.
(quoted from ask.cunard.com)
Cunard does limit the size of dogs they can accept. Dog breeds that will be denied travel due to size include: Afghan, Curly Coated Retriever, Bloodhound, Gordon Setter, Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound), Great Dane, Briard, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Mastiff, Deerhound, New Foundland, Doberman, Pyrenees, St. Bernard, Saluki, Weimaraner, Bull Mastiff and Malamute.
Additionally, it is very important to note that the following breeds are prohibited entry into the United Kingdom under the Pet Travel Scheme:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero
- Any mix of breed which includes these breeds
The cost for one way travel ranges between $800 to $1000 and prices are subject to change.
On-board ship pets receive the royal treatment and a full time Kennel Master sees to the comfort and health of all pets on the ship. In addition to a special gift for your pet, the kennels are open most of the day (and well into evening hours) so owners can visit and play with their four legged friends. There is a special area on Deck 12 where pets can relieve themselves and run around a bit and there is also an indoor facility for bad weather days.
Topping off their luxury accommodations during their Transatlantic cruise, pets also receive the following benefits:
- Name Tag
- Food Dish & Scoop
- Fleece Blankets
- Selection of Premium Food
- Healthy Gourmet Cookies (freshly baked every day and offered at bed times)
To learn more about Cunard’s Pet Program visit Ask Cunard online or by calling 800-528-6273.