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15 Best Dog Friendly Cruises Available in 2024

Cruises are a great way to unwind for a sunny vacation! And what better way to enjoy a trip on the water than with your pup by your side?

I travel with my dog, Theo, often, and I am always interested in which cruises allow pets. I recently took my first cruise to Alaska and had to leave him behind. I vowed never again to cruise without my pup!

To make it easier for pet owners, I have compiled a list of dog friendly cruises that make it convenient to vacation with your pup.

White and black cruise ship related to Cunard's Queen Mary II, a traditional-style cruise offering extended journeys for you and your dog.

1. Cunard’s Queen Mary II

When you think “dog friendly cruise,” you’re most likely thinking of Cunard’s Queen Mary II. This is the ONLY traditional-style cruise where you can bring your dog along with you on an extended journey — in this case, it’s a transatlantic cruise starting in New York City.

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: the Queen Mary II is a luxury cruise, and the price tag reflects that. If you want to bring Bones (or Bella) with you, you’ll need to for upwards of $1,500 and book two (or more) years in advance.

What does a fancy cruise ticket for your dog get?

A luxury kennel with cozy bedding, regular feedings (food bowl provided), and a daily walk on Deck 12 with a lamp post and a bright red fire hydrant — so your best buddy can choose his bathroom of choice. Cunard even provides food for your pup, though if they’re on a special diet, you’ll need to provide enough food for the trip.

Dogs on the Queen Mary II cannot hang out with you in your cabin. They will be in the care of the kennel master for the duration of the trip. 

But there are several times per day you can drop by to hang out and visit with them. 

You can also get extra fancy and order treats from room service, like chicken and steak, delivered to their kennels.

In the case of an emergency, the kennel even has its own safety protocol. The pets have their own life jackets and muster stations. It’s important to note, though, that they do not have a vet on board.

Most people looking for pet-friendly cruise ships that allow dogs, this is their #1 choice!

Passenger view from a cruiser ship on the sea, highlighting the pet-friendly overnight cruises by Tallink Silja Line around the Baltic Sea.

2. Tallink Silja Line

If you’re not quite looking for a luxury transatlantic cruise but still want an overnight cruise ship that allows dogs, the Tallink Silja Line offers overnight cruises around the Baltic Sea.

They have pet-friendly cruises between Stockholm, Helsinki, and Tallinn, and you can take an overnight trip in either direction.

To bring your furry companion along for the ride, you’ll need to book one of the pet-friendly cabins available on most ships. 

Most ships have 10 pet-friendly cabins, but the Baltic Queen has 18. The pet cabins are located around the ship, offering a variety of price points. There’s a pet recreation space, and you can’t leave your pet alone in the cabin except for short periods of time (like going to the store or grabbing a bite to eat). 

Each cabin can hold up to three pets, but dangerous breeds cannot come. And the pups aren’t allowed on the beds.

It’s important to note that because you will travel between countries, your pet must meet all entry requirements. This includes an EU pet passport (which requires a health check by a certified vet) and a deworming 5 days before travel (if headed to Finland). 

Check all the updated requirements before booking (and boarding), as they can change.

Long-coated brown dog aboard a white boat, representing the pet-friendly European Baltic cruises offered by DFDS Mini Cruise.

3. DFDS Mini Cruise

Have you ever been in Europe looking up cruises you can take your dog on? If you’re around the Baltics, then DFDS Mini Cruises are for you!

These are essentially fancy ferries that allow you to go on a nice tour across the water to see some famous European cities around the Baltic Sea. The best part is that they’re 100% pet-friendly!

These (often) two-day cruises allow you to travel between Newcastle and Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo, and cross the Baltic Sea on a ship with a pet friendly cabin. 

Prices are in the €200 to €300 range and require a €75 cleaning fee — but to book them, you’ll need to contact the company directly. 

Not every cabin is pet friendly (i.e., the shared cabins do not allow dogs), and only a certain number are allotted for each trip.

Pet friendly cabins feature:

  • Space for up to 4 guests
  • Up to 2 medium-sized dogs
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Ensuite bathroom and shower

While your pup cannot hang out with you outside your room, there are also dedicated areas on board where you can stretch your legs — but you’ll need a pass to access them. 

Also, if you’re booking a cruise that doesn’t have pet-friendly cabins, it’s worth calling and asking if pet transport is available. Transporting them separately from one cabin to another is sometimes an option.

Woman on a boat watching the sea, indicative of the pet-friendly travel options provided by DIY Stena Line Cruise in Europe.

4. DIY Stena Line Cruise

Stena Line provides ferries around Europe, and some of their cruises allow pets. Depending on the cruise, you have a few options for traveling with your best bud:

  • Book them a kennel (you’ll want to pre-book because they fill up fast).
  • Keep them inside your car (check the route to see if it’s allowed).
  • Book a pet friendly cabin.

This isn’t quite as luxurious as the Queen Mary II, but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water with your best bud and check out a few great destinations. Stena Lines is one of Europe’s largest ferry providers, providing routes to:

  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Latvia
  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Ireland

It’s important to note that while these mini cruises are pet friendly, your best bud is not allowed to roam around in public areas. Dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzled outside the cabin, while those with cats must ensure they’re in their carrier.

The price of these pet friendly cruises depends on the route and how you plan to travel. 

Traveling in a cabin can cost you a few hundred Euros, but the experience is well worth it. Who wants to leave their furry family members behind?

5. Le Boat

Le Boat’s self-driving cruises are perfect for the whole family, including your four-legged buddy. 

Dogs are welcome aboard ALL their boats, though only two at a time. You also need to pay a cleaning fee of £55 per pup.

Your pup will LOVE being out on the water, exploring somewhere new every day. 

Plus, Le Boat focuses on routes that are dog friendly, so no matter where you go, you can bring them along. Some of their best pup friendly destinations include:

  • The River Thames – tons of dog friendly pubs and great walking paths
  • The Caledonian Canal – unmatched Scottish scenery
  • Canal du Midi – Great nature stops and hiking
  • The River Shannon – more dog friendly pubs and gorgeous gardens
  • Mecklenburg and Brandenburg – gorgeous German woods

It’s important to note that if you want to travel with your dog to countries in the EU, you’ll need to meet the entry requirements. The UK also has its own requirements, so you’ll need to meet them for re-entry, but make sure to check official sources so you’re up to date.

6. 1AVisa Reisen

The perfect water getaway for you and your four legged friends is a 1AVista Reisen. They set up unique, dog-focused cruises that journey through Europe. Their stops include gorgeous cities in Holland, Germany, and Austria.

The best part of their cruises is that your best bud can be right by your side. These cruises include pack walks, socializing, and dog access to all parts of the ship. Your pup will find fresh water throughout the boat, treats at the front desk, and a cozy cabin to curl up at night. 

There’s even a dog trainer on board who shares tips and tricks!

But there are some restrictions with 1AVisa Reisen cruises. For instance, certain breeds are not permitted on board, and your pup must meet the entry requirements for each country you visit.

7. Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises

Visiting San Francisco with your pet? 

If you want to take a scenic tour around San Francisco Bay without leaving your cat/dog in the hotel room (how boring!), this is the tour for you.

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises offers beautiful scenic tours around San Francisco’s iconic bridges, waterfronts, and even Alcatraz Island. These 60-minute cruises will give you a dynamic view of the city, and as your pet remains leashed or in their carrier, they are welcome onboard.

However, not all cruises allow dogs (or pets in general), so you’ll want to double-check before you book your tickets. 

You should also ensure that a cruise with other dogs is appropriate for your pet (not all love it).

8. Mercury’s Canine Cruise

If you want a chance to ogle over the Chicago sceneries from a comfy spot aboard a ferry, Mercury’s Canine Cruise is for you. 

You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city with your furry friend by your side.

All dogs are welcome on the canine cruise, although they must be on a leash, comfortable with other dogs, and well-behaved throughout the journey. 

If so, you can sit back, relax, explore the Chicago River, and cruise around Lake Michigan in style. There is even a live narrator throughout the journey. 

These Canine cruises include:

  • Onboard water bowls (for pups)
  • Bar and snack service (for humans)
  • Discounted parking

Dog ticket prices cost $8, and they are free to hang out on your lap, a seat, or sit on the deck. 

Plus, if you’re in the area during the first three weekends of October, you might consider checking out one of their Howl-O-Ween Canine Cruise options. These often include pumpkin dog treats and prizes for the best doggie costume.

9. Scenic Cruise St. Augustine

If you’re hanging around St. Augustine, you might want to consider a scenic cruise aboard the Victory III.

This breathtaking dog friendly cruise is narrated by the Captain and offers an opportunity for you and your pup to hang out together. It’s a fantastic way to check out the historical landmarks and points of interest around St. Augustine. 

But this seasonal cruise is only open seasonally, so plan ahead!

This sightseeing cruise is a truly excellent way for you and your best bud to check out the beautiful Florida coastline and see some cool things.

10. Cruises on the Bay (Watermark Journey)

Watermark Journey allows you to cruise around the bay in Annapolis, MD, and you can bring your pup along for the journey. 

Leashed dogs are welcome on many Watermark Journey cruises, except for a few, which include:

  • Fireworks Cruises
  • Blue Angles
  • Thunderbird Cruises
  • Festival Cruises (like cruises to festivals)
  • Live Music Cruises (honestly, this makes sense because of the frequent loud noises)

You’ll simply need to make sure that your dog is leashed and well-behaved. The different cruise options vary by pricing, and pets ride for free!

11. Dog Gone Sailing Charters

Dog Gone Sailing Charters offers private cruises in Province Town, MA, tailored for people traveling with their dogs. 

If you choose one of their chartered cruises, you don’t have to leave your furry family members behind while sailing around Cape Cod Bay.

You can choose from several dog friendly cruises, like whale-watching trips, sunrise and sunset sails, and shrimp sails. Dogs of all sizes are welcome, and there is no additional fee for them.  

Also, your dog is completely safe because all charter boats have doggy lifejackets on board.  

Because these are chartered cruises, they could cost you more (depending on how many people are in your group. For example, a sunset or sunrise cruise is $45 per person, but you can rent the entire boat for $180. 

12. Hy-line Cruises

Properly leashed pets (or those in their carriers) are welcome aboard Hy-line Cruises in Hyannis, MA. The only exception is the Captain’s View section of the Grey Lady IV. 

Best of all, there’s no additional fee for bringing your pup on board! They just can’t get on the furniture!

There are a few different tours to pick from, including:

  • Around the Sound
  • To/from the Vineyard
  • To/from Nantucket

If you and the family are planning to visit the Cape Cod region with your dog, this is a great option to add to your itinerary! 

13. Acadian Sightseeing And Nature Cruise

The Acadian Sightseeing and Nature Cruise of Frenchman Bay is something that you can do together! It’s a fun way to get outdoors, explore the local wildlife, and spend quality time with your pet.

These two-hour cruises are fully narrated and allow you to see amazing wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see eagles, migrating birds, seals, and porpoises. You’ll also pass some of the most impressive summer mansions in the area and Egg Rock Lighthouse. 

There is a heated cabin on board, but you’ll still want to dress warmly and make sure your pup has a sweater to throw on in case it’s extra windy on the water! 

14. Chicago Seadog Cruises

Chicago Seadog Cruises allows leashed, friendly dogs on board so your best bud can join you while enjoying the lakefront and architectural beauty of the Windy City.

You’ll need to make sure that you purchase your tickets in advance. But don’t worry, pups can ride for free. 

The cruises depart from the Navy Pier, and they offer a variety of dog friendly specific events annually. Make sure that you check in advance to be sure that your pup can get a ticket.

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Nina and her golden retriever Theo sitting on a ferry in Tobermory, Ontario smiling at the camera.

What is a “pet-friendly cruise”?

A pet friendly cruise is a cruise that allows pets (not simply service dogs) onboard. The Queen Mary 2 is the only traditional cruise that meets this criteria. However, a few mini-cruises and ferries in Europe/USA also have pet-friendly cabins.

Can you take Service Dogs on a cruise?

Many cruise companies allow service dogs to join their human counterparts on cruises. But you need to alert the cruise line as far in advance as possible. This allows them to prepare to have your pup on board and tell you what documentation they need.

Cruises that Allow Service Dogs

Royal Caribbean

While Royal Caribbean does not allow pet dogs on board (like most cruises), they do allow trained service dogs.

You’ll need to notify their Access Department no less than 30 days before boarding so they can arrange a relief station for your bud. You aren’t required to provide “evidence” that your dog is a working service dog, but it does help.

While Royal Caribbean provides a relief area, you are responsible for pretty much everything else. It’s your responsibility to:

  • Provide food for your dog.
  • Ensure care and control while moving about the ship.
  • Make arrangements for supervised care if you are leaving the ship at a port.
  • Take care of all the paperwork required for their entry into different countries.

Service dogs are allowed to attend all public areas, including dining venues, and must be leashed or harnessed at all times. 

Due to health regulations, service dogs are NOT allowed to go into pools or other on-board water facilities.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruises also allows trained, working service dogs to join you on vacation. However, they do not allow pets still in training, like emotional support animals. 

When you book your trip, you must email the Access Department as soon as possible so they can provide additional service, set up a relief station for your pup, and share any necessary paperwork for the stops along the journey. 

But this is where the assistance ends. 

It’s your responsibility to carry all documentation on your person at all times (not in your baggage), including an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate. Likewise, you will be responsible for obtaining any required entry paperwork for your dog BEFORE you board for any countries you plan to attend.

Finally, you must always have your dog in your care and keep them leashed or harnessed in all public areas. 

Norwegian Cruises

While Norwegian Cruises doesn’t accept pet dogs (including emotional support dogs), you can bring trained service dogs aboard. You’ll need to book at least two weeks in advance to give the dog an opportunity for them to prepare to host your dog.

The cruise line will provide a sandbox relief station, but everything else is on you. 

You’ll need to provide an up-to-date rabies vaccination and likely a USDA/international health certificate. You’re responsible for supplying your pet with food, medications, and a lifejacket.

Make sure you contact Norwegian Cruise’s Access Desk to get help when you book. This gives you the best chance to determine any additional requirements for your specific cruise. 

Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Lines also welcomes trained service animals on board. However, they must remain well-behaved, on a leash, and under your control at all times.

You are responsible for caring for your animal on a Disney Cruise, meaning that you can’t leave them unattended in the room or allow them into the wet play areas. 

Cruise staff are not allowed to take control of your dog either, if you need to leave them on the ship while you attend port, you’ll need to make other arrangements.

Also, not all port excursions will allow service dogs. You’ll also need to obtain import permits for the countries you visit and provide them to Disney Cruise Line Special Services before your sail date. 

It’s also strongly encouraged that you contact their Special Services as soon as you book your cruise to get a head start on getting the paperwork in order.

Can Emotional Support Dogs Go on Cruises?

Unless you’ve booked a ticket for the Cunard’s Queen Mary II or something else on this list that’s Pet friendly, then the answer is most likely no. Emotional support dogs cannot go on traditional cruises because they do not have the same rights as service dogs. 

Should I Take My Dog or Cat on a Cruise?

Just because there are pet friendly cruises doesn’t mean you should bring them. Many dogs and cats actually don’t do particularly well on the water. Travel isn’t for every pet, so you’ll want to ensure that yours has some boating experience before bringing them on a cruise. 

More FAQs

Can I take my dog on a cruise with me?

Unfortunately, there are not a lot of cruises that allow dogs, and most traditional cruise ships rarely allow you to bring pets on board. The only exception is the Queen Mary II. However, many cruises do allow trained service animals on board!

Does Royal Caribbean allow dogs?

Unfortunately, Royal Caribbean does not allow pets (including dogs) on their cruises. They only allow fully-trained service dogs onboard and they must always be on a leash or under your control.

What cruise line allows animals?

Cunard’s Queen Mary II is the only traditional cruise line that allows pets, particularly dogs, on board. Their ship has kennels that allow you to bring your dog along so that they get to enjoy a luxury experience, too!

Do they have cruises for pets?

There are no cruises specifically for pets. However, there are a few on-water experiences that allow pets, including: 

Are small dogs allowed on cruise ships?

Most cruise ships do not allow small dogs on board unless they’re service animals, with the Queen Mary 2 being the exception. Instead, you should book a mini cruise like this one by DFDS!

How much does it cost to take a dog on a cruise?

The only traditional cruise that allows dogs is the Queen Mary 2. Considering it’s a luxury vessel, you’re looking to spend between $800 and $1,000. 

Can I take my dog on a transatlantic cruise?

Yes, there is one transatlantic cruise ship that you can take your dog on. It’s called Queen Mary II. These Cunard dog friendly cruises offer a luxury kennel for your dog, and tickets sell out more than a year in advance! 

Can you take your dog on a cruise to Hawaii?

There are no cruises to Hawaii that allow pet dogs on board (that we know of). However, it is possible to bring your service dog with you. 

Can you take a dog on a Viking cruise?

Viking does not allow pets on board — dogs, cats, or otherwise. However, you may be able to make arrangements to bring a service dog on board with enough notice. 

Where does a service dog go to the bathroom on a cruise ship?

Passengers with service dogs can request that the cruise provide a doggy relief box. These are usually filled with mulch or sand and available in a designated service area. 

Can I bring my dog on a Carnival cruise?

Carnival does not allow pets on board. However, they do allow trained service dogs to assist their humans. 

Can I bring my dog on a Princess cruise?

Princess does not allow pets on board, including dogs. However, you may be able to bring service dogs if you provide the cruise line with enough notice and get approval! 

Wrap Up: Best Dog Friendly Cruises

If you’ve ever dreamed of going on a cruise with your dog, you’re definitely not alone! It sounds like so much fun and seems less stressful than flying with your dog. 

Unfortunately, there are only a few options around the world where it’s possible, and the only traditional cruise option (which is what I assume you’re hoping for) is Cunard’s Queen Mary II cruise. 

This Cunard transatlantic cruise from New York to Southampton is a wonderful experience that checks all the boxes, including a totally pet friendly experience! The only catch is that it’s a luxury cruise (i.e., expensive), and you have to reserve your spot at least one year in advance. 

But there are a few mini cruise options, such as the Tallink Silja Line’s cruises around the Baltic or this San Francisco Bay Cruise by Blue & Gold Fleet. 

I hope you have a great time sailing around the world with your pup! Don’t forget to check out my Dog Travel Checklist to make sure you have everything you need for the journey! 

Read More Travel with Dogs Tips!

Dog Travel Planning Guide

🐶 How do you travel with a dog?

You can road trip, go camping, fly (depending on your dog’s size), go for day trips, and even live in an RV or motorhome with your dog! I’ve done all of the above with my dog, Theo.

✈️ How to travel with a dog by plane?

Check the airline requirements, if you’re flying with a large dog you’ll need to book far ahead, get a travel crate or carrier, and make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. And don’t forget to bring along a leash, collapsible dish, and plenty of treats! (Read more)

🚗 How to travel with a dog in a car?

Get a seatbelt or car-friendly crate, a seat protector, and a few toys to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Bring along items like a leash, pee pads, treats, collapsible bowl, and some calming treats for anxious dogs. Take frequent potty breaks (I recommend every 2 hours minimum).

🧳 What should I pack in my dog travel bag?

I always pack a collapsible bowl, back up leash, 50ft long leash, Toppl food toy, plenty of dog food, and a few toys for my pup when we go on our travels. It’s important to have all the essentials packed before you leave home since it can be difficult to find pet-friendly stores in some locations. (Read more)

📝 What paperwork do I need to travel with a dog?

The paperwork you need will depend on where you’re going. You will always need your dog’s veterinary records and their vaccine status. You may also need an international health certificate, titre test, and even a spay/neuter certificate.

🐾 What is the best travel dog crate?

This collapsible crate is great for local travel and road trips. For plane travel, I recommend this hard crate for large breeds and this carrier for small breeds.

📍What is the best way to travel with a dog?

It depends! The best way to travel will depend on you and your dog. Small dogs will have an easier time with plane travel. Large breeds are better for long term trips to minimize plane time, or road trips.

🛌 Best dog travel mat?

This non-slip, water-proof, easy to wash travel mat is my go to!

✈️ What’s the best site to buy cheap flights?

To find cheap flights, I recommend Skyscanner.

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To find cheap hotels, I recommend

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🚗 What’s the best site to rent cars abroad?

To find cheap rental cars, I recommend Discover Cars.

🚗 What’s the best site to find tours?

To find epic tours, I recommend Viator.

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