Dogs on cruise ships

On my facebook feed there is a discussion about dogs on cruise ships. I've not seen that myself, but there seems to be a great deal of chatter about the issue. Is it happening more? Are they all service dogs? I have seen service animals in many restaurants, busses, pubs, schools and even a few workplaces. But if they are not needed as a service animal, what are the rules?

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Interesting and good topic John. I have never encountered a dog on a ship but when I look at the photos posted in the shipmate app I see a number of pics of dogs on ship. I have wondered this one myself. Thanks for asking.

The only ship I know of that permits dogs, other than service animals, is the QM2. They are placed in a kennel, but you can visit them as needed. I have seen service dogs that didn’t fit the typical service dog profile. You know, small dogs that people just won’t leave at home.

We have sailed on a ship that had a seeing-eye dog. His name was Pixel. I am under the impression that Carnival requires that they be service animals and the paperwork to prove it. However, I have heard that there is a lot of abuse in the documentation of these animals.

From what I understand, any dog can be registered as a service dog, and can be used to help in a wide variety of ways. Some children have them to sense when they are going to have a seizure, service dogs help some autistic children stay calm, and they also help people who suffer from PTSD. Last week I was in an airport (Edmonton AB) and they have volunteers walk through the boarding lounge with dogs to help calm passengers who are nervous about flying.

I think we will see more dogs being used for their service capabilities in the future, but I haven't cruised with any yet.

I love the name ... Pixel ... suits a seeing eye doge well

I've seen a dog or two at the pool sometimes...Surprised

That is why I remembered it.Big Smile

When I first started cruising a lot on Princess, there were dogs on every was crazy but mainly service animals. One lady told me the paperwork was relatively simple to get permission.

Yes, service dogs. There is NO formal registration for service dogs. USA has strict ADA laws and it is against the law to ask someone what is their 'medical condition.' Which means, USA is pretty much 'service dog' friendly.

As for the cruise ship, they require the dog on the floor at all times and have a special spot for bathroom purposes. They lady was like, you can't put the dog on the bed. hahaha! How are they supposed to know if the dog slept with you on the bed? They also can't eat 'cruise food.' You have to bring your own dog food. Again, you can grab some chicken and veggies for your service dog. How do they know???

The rules are super simple.

Also, ports. Many countries require doggy visas and they need to be apply for at least 2-3 months beforehand. If your dog doesn't have visas for all ports of call, then it won't be allow to cruise.

The Bahamas requires doggy visa.

Hope this help.

Oh! Carnival will ask you your 'medical condition' but you don't have to give it to them to qualify to bring your service dog onboard. It is simply so they can help you should something happen to you. Let's say, if you have service dog for epilepsy. (and, have a seizure)

If you have any questions you call the Disability department of the cruise line to get on file, etc. They will send you the necessary paperwork to allow you to sail with service dog and answer all your questions.

So glad someone knows the answer!


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