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Pet Friendly Cruise Ships

Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

The Queen Mary 2 operated by Cunard Lines is an approved carrier in connection with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) on Transatlantic Crossings. Passage in the kennels is subject to size restrictions, availability and the requirements of the Pet Scheme. Pets are accepted on all Transatlantic crossings, except the first and last crossings of the year.

Cunard's "Pets on Deck" program, includes adding a range of pet-friendly services and amenities such as fresh-baked biscuits at turn-down, a choice of beds and blankets, and even a coat with a QM2 logo. As part of the enhanced program, traveling dogs and cats also receive a complimentary gift pack featuring a frisbee, name tag, food dish and scoop, a complimentary portrait with pet owners, a crossing certificate and personalized cruise card.

Kennel Information

Kennels are located on Sun Deck, midships There are 12 kennels (2 levels of 6)
Top level - Small - 33" X 33" X 27 " high
Floor level - Large - 33" X 33" X 39" high
The pet's measurements from tip of tail to tip of nose, or feet to head cannot exceed the sizes listed above.

Kennels can be used for cats, dogs and other small animals. It is not normal procedure to put more than one pet in a kennel, but this can be done if the guest requests it. Guests may provide own bed/bedding for their pets.

Sizing your pet

Pet Size Guide:
Small breeds: poodle, terrier, bulldog, etc.
Large breeds: Labradors, Alaskans require multi kennel accommodations

Measuring your pet:
From the tip of nose to end of tail
Floor to chest
Twice the width of the dog shoulder to shoulder
Floor to top of head for height


Food is provided and any special requirements can be prepared by the kennel attendant upon your request.


The shielded, open-deck area, fitted with a lamppost and fire hydrant is available to exercise pets. Animals are not permitted on any other open deck, public area or staterooms.

Visiting Hours

The visiting hours are as follows, however with prior arrangement, it is possible for the attendant to be in the kennels outside of these hours to open the cage:
7:30am - 9:30am
11:00am - 12:00pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Breed Restrictions

These breeds of dogs cannot be accommodated due to their size:
Afghan, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Briard, Irish Wolfhound, Mastiff, New Foundland, Curly Coated Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Greyhound, Irish Setter, Deerhound Doberman, Pyreneese, Saluki, Bull Mastiff, St. Bernard, Weimeraner, Malamute.

Also banned are breeds and their crosses that are not permitted to enter the UK: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero.


Prior to sailing, necessary documentation must be presented to the ship before your pet can travel.

Eastbound QM2
Pets entering the United Kingdom must have clearance prior to arrival through the following government agency:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Pets and Quarantine Branch
Area 211
1A Page Street
London SW1P 4PQ
Click here for requirements to enter the United Kingdom with a pet.

When making an eastbound QM2 crossing where pets whose final destination is Le Havre, passengers must complete form ID - 7, which is an application for a license to land a dog or cat for transit through Great Britain.


It is best to contact a government authorized carrying agent who can transport the pet within the United Kingdom. The carrying agent will be able to expedite the paperwork required before a transit license is granted. A list of government authorized carrying agents is available on the DEFRA website and it is updated regularly with any changes in relevant legislation. For additional information, call 1 800 7-Cunard.

More information on pet travel on the Queen Mary 2.

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