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Pet Pampering Perfection on Queen Mary 2

Written by Leaders In Travel
Cunard's English Bulldog mascot, Handsome

Cunard has enhanced its "Pets on Deck" program to include a range of pet-friendly services and amenities, including fresh-baked biscuits at turn-down, a choice of beds and blankets and even a QM2-logoed coat. Our canine and feline friends also receive a complimentary gift pack which includes a frisbee, name tag, food dish and scoop, a complimentary portrait with pet owners, a crossing certificate and personalized cruise card. Other pet perks include:

  • Extra comfortable pet beds in two sizes
  • Healthy gourmet cookies for dogs and cats baked fresh daily and offered at bedtime
  • Fleece blankets
  • Assortment of dog and cat toys
  • Cat posts and scratchers
  • Selection of premium pet foods from top brands.


FUN FACT: The line's pet-friendly policy dates back to the maiden voyage of the Britannia in 1840, when three cats were on board. Since then, circus elephants, canaries, a monkey and even a boa constrictor have traveled on Cunard. The cruise line also has pampered a number of high profile pets. Mr. Ramshaw, the world’s only trained golden eagle, made at least 21 transatlantic crossings on mid 20th-century liners; Rin-Tin-Tin, star of 36 silent films, traveled on the Berengaria; and Tom Mix and Tony, stars of the 1930’s western series “Miracle Rider,” regularly trotted up the gangway. (Tony’s hooves were even fitted with special rubber shoes to prevent the horse from slipping.) In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor brought her pampered puppies on board the original Queen Mary and exercised them regularly on the ship’s sports deck. She even ordered special meals for them from the fish chef. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor also traveled with a beloved pup and, at the Duke’s request, Cunard installed a lamp post beside the kennels.


qm2-pet-walker.jpgQueen Mary 2's kennel program is overseen by a full-time Kennel Master who takes care of daily pet care responsibilities such as feeding, walking and cleaning the ship's 12 spacious kennels. As pets art not permitted in staterooms, the kennels and adjacent indoor and outdoor walking areas are open throughout the day, enabling guests to spend significant time with their pet. Kennel fees range from $300 to $600.

The grandest ocean liner ever built. There are 1,310 suites and cabins available in degrees of style and comfort ranging from pampered elegance to almost unimaginable luxury in the ship's famed Grill-level accommodations. Queen Mary 2 brings together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, fine dining, sophisticated adventure and legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

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