Dogs At Sea - Cruising With Your Pooch
For many years our four-legged family members have been able to be a part of the iconic and luxurious experience that is Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 (QM2) transatlantic cruising. In fact, bringing your pooch along for the journey has proven to be so popular, the iconic ship doubled the kennel numbers as part of its 2016 $132 million refurbishment.
All (pups) aboard the Queen Mary 2!
The QM2 is the only cruise liner to offer dedicated kennels for your canine loved ones, and the kennels have become so sought after that they are frequently sold out and have long waitlists for available spots.
Now four-legged passengers will enjoy 10 new kennels, bringing the total to 11 small and 11 large kennels. Other canine modifications include a new pet play area inside the Kennel Suite and a larger outside walking area for owners to stroll with their pets.
Shipshape with my Queen Mary 2 steward
The needs of dogs from both sides of the Atlantic have been considered, so the new fit out includes a New York City fire hydrant plus an original 1916 British lamp post. Manhattan dogs may prefer the former, the English the latter, and the lady dogs? Well, they have unfettered access to this one big doggie bathroom.
To meet the QM2’s impeccable standards, special attention is taken with the toileting needs of the pooches, with all animal waste being promptly removed with a poop-scoop and disposed of in a special flush toilet, with the full area receiving a heavy-duty deep-clean after each voyage.
Kennel fees for a one-week transatlantic crossing start at US$800 (approximately AU$1,095) for dogs under 11 kilograms, and up to US$1,000 (approximately AU$1,369) for larger pooches. Kennels are housed at the back of Deck 12, which are grouped into small upper kennels for dogs under 11 kilograms and larger lower kennels for bigger pups.
The refurbished kennels were revealed at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, in early July with three of Instagram’s most popular canine superstars, known to fans as Chloe the Mini Frenchie (133,000 followers), Wally the Welsh corgi (92,000 followers) and Ella Bean the Dog (40,000 followers).
The event, which celebrated the new renovations including new carpets, new paint, new dining venues and public spaces and redesigned cabins for the human passengers, took place in Brooklyn, New York before a seven-day trans-Atlantic crossing to Southampton, England.
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