It's a dog's life on the Queen Mary 2. Image provided by Cunard.
For pets crossing the Atlantic aboard Queen Mary 2, the luxuries are endless for both passenger and pooch.
While Cunard has a long standing history of indulging their guests, the cruise line is now extending its expertise in pampering to the four-legged friends of travelling guests.
As the cruise line has recognised a growing trend in guests wanting to travel with their pets, they've created a 'Pets on Deck' program over the last five years that include 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 QM2 branded coat.
The Queen Mary 2 now offers 12 spacious kennels for guests who want to take their furry friends aboard.
The ship's kennel program is managed by a full time professional 'kennel master' whose responsibility is to take care of daily pet responsibilities including feeding, walking and socialising the pets.
Traveling dogs and cats also receive a complimentary gift pack featuring a coat, 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 comfy pet beds in two sizes, healthy treats baked fresh daily and delivered at bedtime, fleece blankets, a wide assortment of toys and a selection of pet foods from top brands.
The kennels and adjacent indoor and outdoor walking areas are open throughout the day, enabling guests to spend significant time with their pet. Reservations for the kennels are based on space availability and range from US$300 to US$500.
Taking good care of its guests' beloved pets is a Cunard tradition. The luxury line is considered a favourite for celebrities and Cunard has also transported a surprising number of notable pets.
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 behest, Cunard installed a lamp post beside the kennels.
Queen Mary 2 is an ocean liner of grand proportions, There are 1,310 suites and cabins available in degrees of style and comfort ranging from pampered elegance to almost unimaginable luxury.
To have a look at what cruises are on offer, check out the Cunard website here.