Everything you need to know about taking your pet on a Cruise

can you take your dog on a cruise

Some people form a bond to their pets like they would a son or daughter, and would love to go away with them. But travelling with pets may be difficult to find where you can travel and what you can travel on.  However, there is now a cruise ship which allows you to take your pets on holiday with you.  Cunard’s ship, Queen Mary 2 accommodates for both pets and humans and many of their cruises are located in England.

dogs on cruises

There are also pet friendly Ferries. Serving from Europe:

  • Anek Lines Ferries
  • Brittany Ferries
  • DFDS Seaways
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
  • P&O Irish Sea Ferries
  • Celtic Link Ferries
  • MyFerryLink
  • Viking Line Ferries
  • Stena Line

Ferries Serving from USA and Canada

  • Cat Ferry

Travelling with a Pet you need to take a few things into consideration when going on a Cruise

Are there kennels on board?

Yes, kennels are available but only on Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossings

How much are the kennels?

Upper kennel -$500*

Lower kennel – $700*

Cat in upper kennel $1000*

2nd pet in same kennel $500*

*Prices are subject to change

What items do I need to bring for my dog?

You will need to bring suitable supply of all dry dog food, food and water bowls, plus any applicable blankets/bedding

Where can I feed my dog?

Dogs can only be fed in your stateroom and under no circumstance should you feed your pet ‘tit-bits’ in any public areas.

Are there any pets prohibited?

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero
  • Or any mix of breed which included these breeds


Are there any dogs that cannot be accommodated due to their size?

  • Afghan
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Bloodhound
  • Gordon Setter
  • Borzoi
  • Great Dane
  • Briard
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Irish Setter
  • Mastiff
  • Deerhound
  • New Foundland
  • Doberman
  • Pyrenees
  • St. Bernard
  • Saluki
  • Weimaraner
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Malamute

Will pets receive anything?

Pets will receive the following benefits:

  • A Frisbee
  • Name Tag
  • Food Dish & Scoop
  • Fleece Blankets
  • Selection of Premium Food
  • Healthy Gourmet Cookies


Is there an exercise area for pets?

Yes, there is an outdoor play area on board. Guests are welcome to come and exercise pets.

Do dogs have to wear a harness?

Yes, a dog will have to wear a harness, or vest, at all times when not in the stateroom.

Does the dog need anything specific before on board the ship?

If travelling from New York to Southampton– all pets MUST be fitted with a microchip, satisfactorily blood tested to ensure sufficient protection against rabies, vaccinated against rabies, official PET passport or 3rd country certificate, , issued with an official PETS certificate, treated against ticks and tapeworm no more than 48 hours before check in and issued with an official certificate of treatment.

If travelling from Southampton to New York – all pets MUST have been issued with a current Health Certificate and had a rabies vaccination within 12 months to 14 days prior to Entry into the State of New York.

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