June 13, 2021

Cruising with Pets

Dogs need a cruise vacation too!

More than 15 million individuals around the world took a cruise last year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. The Humane Society estimates that approximately 78.2 million people in the United States alone own dogs. With statistics like this, it only makes sense that some individuals would like to travel with their dogs, even when cruising. However, most cruise lines don’t allow pets for health reasons. This doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of cruising with your pet as long as you find the right cruise line.

Cunard Cruise Line

Cunard Cruise Line is the only major cruise line in the world that allows their guests to bring along their favorite furry friend. This cruise line features spacious kennels on board Queen Mary 2’s transatlantic crossings between New York and Southampton, in either direction, though space is limited to no more than 12 dogs. If you want to ensure you can take your dog, make your reservation at the time of booking your ocean passage. While on the QM2, your dog will cruise in style, including a welcome gift pack, soft bedding, home-baked treats and plenty of play time in an indoor play area.

Train Your Dog

One of the most important things you must do before you head off on your cruise is to make sure your dog is well-trained. Even though he will be restricted to certain areas of the ship, you need to feel confident he will behave. Use remote dog training collars to train your dog before the trip so you can feel confident he will listen to your commands, despite the new environment.

Get a Check Up

Just like humans, dogs need a checkup at the vet before going on a cruise and will need a pet passport in order to board the ship. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations and check into his overall general health. You should also talk to your vet about how to handle any potential sea sickness your dog may experience.

What to Bring

You likely spend time planning what you will pack for yourself so you have everything you need. Your dog is no different. Make a list of everything your dog may need along the way. Identification and medical records are required. Take a supply of your dog’s normal food and bottled water you are sure your dog can tolerate. Pack your dog’s favorite toys and any bedding that can make your dog more comfortable. You will also need a crate for any car or air travel required to get to the port.

Shorter Cruises

While Cunard is the only major cruise line that offers dog boarding, there are some smaller local cruise operators that may also accept pets. If you’re traveling to an area that has a large lake or ocean access where sightseeing cruises are a form of entertainment, inquire with the cruise company before you travel. These day-time cruises can be a great way to prepare your dog for a longer cruise.

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