DVCruise
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Anybody Have Issues with Service Animals on board a Ship?

I am a dog lover BUT on one cruise I took there was a handful of people who had service dogs with them.  I found it to be particularly annoying that the animals accompanied the people into the buffet and through the food line.

I am all for people having service animals to assist them but I draw the line when they are directly in the food area.

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8 Answers

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I can pretty much guarantee that the service dogs were probably cleaner and better behaved than some of the passengersHappy

I have absolutely no problem with a real service animal; its the ones that claim to be service animals that are nothing more than a pampered pet that bother me.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I agree ... Half the dogs were the fluffy variation of a lap dog and although wearing service animal coats (which you can buy at a flea market) their presence in the food line did not appear necessary.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Our last cruise we saw one, it was a yellow lab and you can tell it was needed. I'm sure the paperwork to get the dog on the ship was a bit extensive so I would hope it was legit. The dog accompanied her to the MDR and all through the ship. It was kind of fun to try and spot here and there (especially since it was on the Allure and there are thousands of people). 

 

At work, there was one with a service dog checking in as well. I didn't get to help her, but saw for a brief minute. I have no problem with them. I understand the role for the dogs (no matter what the disability is or the breed) and know that the proper paperwork has to be in order. I'm just glad to see that its not holding the person back from enjoying what we all enjoy as well. 

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Well said, I have seen a a lot of service animals on ships. However, in the last couple of years there seems to be more of questionable service animals. On our last cruise there was a couple with two small dogs, brought into the dining room in matching outfits and sat in the dining room chairs. It was interesting.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

OK, This is new..

How does that work,? Having dogs on the ship that is.

 Are there restrictions to some ports?

who cleans up after them?

Where are they allowed to go?

I can understand certain guide dogs, but lately it seems that anything goes as far as a service animal is concerned.

Interesting topic.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

The dogs must have up-to-date shots and a letter from the vet saying they are a service animal (which is different than a comfort dog)  The big question is where do they go potty but I would guess the ship provides a special area and possibly something to put down in the room.  I'm pretty sure they can't go into most ports because typically a dog must be quarantined before entering a new country.Unfortunately, there are no real set rules - they go where you go...

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I've never seen them on board.

However, I do see them here often, and at the supermarket on occasion. As an animal lover and a dog and cat owner I must say I admire those working animals.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

On our cruise, there was a little spot on one of the deks (by the track) off to the side with a little square of fake grass and stuff the dog goes. I haven't seen it, but my BF's mom did. Its not a small spot, but a little nook for them. 

 

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