The kennel master onboard QM2 walks a four-legged friend.
Photo courtesy of Cunard Line.
No one could accuse Cunard‘s Queen Mary 2 of being a featureless ship.  It boasts the only planetarium at sea, an amazing spa run by Canyon Ranch that spans two decks, a dedicated ballroom, a specialty restaurant featuring cuisine by Todd English, and she is the only true modern Ocean Liner at sea today.  She’s enormous – but in a good way.

Of course, all this extra space allowed Cunard to continue something they’ve been quietly doing since their first ship, Britannia, set sail for the New World in 1840: transport pets.  On that particular voyage, the ship was home to three cats.  Since then, circus elephants, canaries, a monkey, and even a boa constrictor have sailed on Cunard.

The QM2 has a dedicated kennel high up on Deck 12.  You won’t find it on the deck plans, but it is there, along with a dedicated kennel master.  

Deck 12 onboard QM2
Photo ©2008 Aaron Saunders 
The kennels are available on certain transatlantic crossings only, for a fee, and come with the appropriate Cunard swag for you and your pet: not only do you receive items like a QM2-branded frisbee, name tag, food dish and scoop, but your pet has the choice of comfortable beds in two sizes, healthy gourmet cookies baked fresh for dogs and cats, fleece blankets, an assortment of toys, and a selection of premium pet foods to ensure they travel in the same luxury as their owners.
Notice posted near the Kennels, Deck 12 – the door to the left leads in.
Photo ©2008 Aaron Saunders
Some things to consider before booking both you and Fido: the pets have their own interior public space and promenade area on Deck 12, and are not allowed in the regular public rooms or staterooms for obvious reasons.  That means you have to go visit and play with your pet in the designated area.  Also, this program is only available on Queen Mary 2 – Queen Victoria and the upcoming Queen Elizabeth do not offer this service.

For more information, visit Cunard’s website. 


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