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Which cruise ships are dog-friendly?

An overview of which cruise ships are pet-friendly

Published on 15 Apr 2024

If you’re hoping to set sail with your furry companions, finding pet-friendly cruises can be a bit tricky. Unfortunately, only one major cruise line welcomes pets onboard - allowing them on a single ship for specific routes. 

But fear not! While bringing your pets along may be limited, there are still ways to indulge in your love for cruising and pets. Discover exceptions to the usual “no pets” policy and alternative ways to enjoy pet-themed cruise activities without your furry friends tagging along. 

Keep reading for tips on navigating the seas with your pets or finding pet-free cruise fun. 

Which cruise ships offer pet-friendly cruises?

If you’re considering bringing your furry friend on a cruise, there’s only one option: Cunard’s Queen Mary 2They welcome dogs and cats on certain transatlantic trips between New York and Southampton. However, pets stay in their own kennels on Deck 12, where crew members take care of them, provide food and offer playtime. Beds and bowls are provided and you can visit during set hours. Book early as space is limited (only 24 spots) and be prepared to pay around $1,000 for dogs and $1,600 for cats. 

Can you take assistance dogs onboard?

While many cruise lines don’t allow dogs onboard, they do make exceptions for assistance dogs. However, this doesn’t exactly classify the ship as pet-friendly. If you’re planning to bring a service dog, make sure to check the specific requirements of your cruise line regarding travelling with them.

Reach out to your cruise line’s accessibility department as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements. It’s also essential to ask about provisions for your service animal, like designated areas for them to relieve themselves and whether you need to bring their bed or food along. 

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