Cunard is the only major cruise line that allows passengers to bring their dog or cat on a cruise – and only on board a ship: Queen Mary 2. But you can’t just bring Fluffy aboard the QM2 and put him on a travel cot in your cabin. Cats and dogs on cruises must be booked and paid for by passengers, and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has many pet rules and restrictions that must be followed.

Can you travel with a pet? Find out how to get your faithful four-legged friend on board.

(Photo courtesy of Cunard/Christopher Eason)

Can I take my cat or dog on the Queen Mary 2?

Yes. Dogs and cats are the only animals allowed to travel with Cunard. Your hamster, parrot and snake should stay home while you rest.

But you can’t bring your pet on every Cunard cruise. Cats and dogs are not allowed on transatlantic cruises between Southampton (near London) or Hamburg and New York; due to UK restrictions, pets cannot be taken on consecutive cruises to and from Southampton. If you want to bring your dog or cat on a cruise ship, you must make reservations at The Kennels, the ship’s pet-friendly lodging.

The Queen Mary 2’s pet policy includes restrictions on the size of pets. Animals traveling in one of the smaller kennel cages must weigh no more than 25 pounds; animals in the larger, lower cages must weigh at least 26 pounds. For a single kennel, the maximum length of the animal from the nose to the base of the tail shall be 35 inches; for a double kennel, the maximum length shall be 60 inches. For each kennel, the maximum height of an animal shall be 27 inches from the top of the shoulder to the ground.

Disabled travelers may bring assistance animals, but they stay with their owners and may not use kennel services. Emotional support animals are not allowed on Cunard. For more information on traveling with guide dogs, check out our article on pet-friendly cruises.

What are the children’s bedrooms on the Queen Cunard Mary 2?

The kennels have 24 separate rooms, an outdoor run and an indoor play area for the pets, as well as a lounge for their humans. (The room is decorated with a British floor lamp and a New York fire hydrant – the equivalent of a dog spa).

(Photo courtesy of Cunard/Christopher Eason)

There are 12 upper kennels and 12 lower kennels. The lower cultivation boxes are 36 inches high, 30 inches wide and 35 or 35.5 inches deep. The upper cultivation boxes are 27 inches high, 30 inches wide and 35 or 35.5 inches deep. You can fold out two kennels to make room for a larger animal.

Queen Mary 2’s pet policy states that only one dog may be kept in each kennel, but a cat may share a pet with another cat.

Pet owners do not have 24-hour access to the Queen Mary 2’s kennels. Passengers should check exact visit times at the time of boarding. A typical visitation schedule might be from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

What should I bring for my pet on a QM2 cruise?

Pet-friendly cruise ships are maintained to a high standard by Cunard. On the ship they get food and bowls, as well as toys and treats. The Queen Mary 2 has life jackets in small and large sizes. The animals even get gifts, including a coat with the ship’s logo, a photo portrait, a fleece blanket and dog biscuits.

If owners wish to order a specific brand of dog or cat food for the cruise, they can fax their request to Cunard or bring their own food.

You may want to bring your dog’s favorite toy or treats, as well as a leash and carry bag for traveling off the ship. Remaining treats will not be returned. Don’t give your pet more treats than you need for the duration of the trip.

How much does it cost to take a dog on the Queen Mary 2?

Don’t think Fluffy Cruises is free. Owners pay per kennel. The shorter attachment kennels cost $800 and are intended for cats or animals that weigh no more than 25 pounds. Although two cages are required for each cat, one for the kitten and one for the litter box, two siblings can share a double cage at no extra cost. The best kennels cost $1,000 each, so for a large dog that needs two, you should pay double.

What else should I know about pet cruises with Cunard?

Although cats and dogs are regular passengers, the Queen Mary 2 does not have a veterinarian on board. Pet owners go on cruises with their pets at their own risk.

Another pet policy on the Queen Mary 2 states that pets may not visit their owners in staterooms or public areas of the ship. They must remain in the kennel area at all times while on board. Since transatlantic cruises do not have a stopover (with the exception of cruises from Hamburg, which may stop in Southampton), you cannot explore the port with your pet.

What should I know about travelling with my pet?

Passengers travelling with pets must make their own flight and transfer arrangements; Cunard Travel will not consider these requests.

When checking in, the passenger must ask the captain of the arriving kennel to pick up the animal and bring it to the kennel.

Cats and dogs traveling with you must meet US, UK and EU entry requirements. This means you will need to provide proof of certain vaccinations or tapeworm treatments, or even proof through PET. There are restrictions on importing pets into the UK and a six month trial period may be required.

Pets traveling from New York to Southampton will need the following:

  • Microchip
  • Follow-up to Tollwut- und Bandwurmimpfungen
  • PETS certificate, official animal passport or certificate of a third country
  • A tapeworm treatment (for dogs only) is administered one to five days before dumping.

Pets travelling from Southampton to New York will need the following:

  • A recent medical certificate stating that the dog or cat has been examined by a veterinarian within the last 30 days.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination, received between 14 days and 6 months prior to arrival in New York.

(Photo courtesy of Cunard/Christopher Eason)

How do you book a pet on the Queen Mary 2?

Before you can reserve a seat in the Queen Mary 2 kennels for your cat or dog on board, you must book and pay a cabin deposit for the people on your trip. This means that you run the risk that the kennels are already full when you book them. You can check with Cunard about kennel availability before booking.

Once you have booked your people, call the Cunard Contact Centre to reserve your pet for the kennel. When booking, you must provide the following information about the dog:

  • Name of the dog
  • Race
  • Height
  • length in inches
  • Weight in pounds
  • swimming age
  • Paul

The QM2 seats 2,691 passengers. Not surprisingly, the 24 cells are popular and booked quickly. There is usually a waiting list.

To be placed on the Cunard Nursery waiting list, you must have a confirmed cruise reservation. However, if Fifi or Fido are not removed from the waiting list and you cannot sail without them, you will be charged the usual cancellation fees.

READ MORE: How much does it cost to take children on a cruise?

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frequently asked questions

Are dogs allowed on the Queen Mary 2?

Only dogs, cats and ferrets are allowed. There’s no vet on board. Dogs can be walked on the boat or in the kennel. Cats should be placed in a kennel.

How much does it cost to take a dog on the Queen Mary 2?

The prices are calculated per cage and in each cage only one animal is allowed. Large cages (for large dog breeds, like goldendoodles) cost $1,000 each and small cages (for small dogs) cost $800 each.

Can I take my dog on a Cunard cruise?

Cunard is the only cruise line in the world that allows passengers to travel with their dog or cat, which was originally introduced on the QE2. … On board you will find a well equipped kennel for 12 dogs. There is also a game room and a designated walking area on the outdoor terrace.

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