Can You Bring Your Dog on a Cruise Ship?

By Robert Palmer

Cruise ships are an increasingly popular way to take a vacation around the world. More and more people are deciding to explore new places and cultures from the comfort of a cruise ship, but what about our four-legged friends? Can you bring your dog on a cruise ship?

The answer is, yes! While it may not be as common as bringing your pet on a plane or train, many cruise lines will allow you and your pup to sail together. Of course, there are some restrictions and regulations that need to be followed in order for this to happen.


First and foremost, it is important to check with the specific cruise line you are interested in taking a trip with. Every cruise line has different rules and regulations when it comes to pets onboard so make sure you do your research ahead of time.

Most cruises will allow one small pet per cabin, however this depends on the size of the ship and if there are cabins that can accommodate multiple animals. It is also important to note that pets are not allowed in any public areas of the ship or on shore excursions so make sure your pup has enough space in your cabin for them to feel comfortable during their time at sea.

Health & Safety:

Another important factor when considering bringing your pet on board is their health and safety. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations and paperwork verifying such before they can board the vessel. Additionally most cruise lines require that pets wear a muzzle while onboard as well as have a secure leash at all times when they are outside of their cabin. This is both for the safety of other passengers onboard as well as for the safety of your pet.


On top of any travel costs associated with getting yourself and your pet safely to the port where you will board the vessel, there may be additional fees related specifically to bringing them onboard. These fees vary greatly depending on the size of your pet and which type of cabin they will be staying in so make sure you budget accordingly.

In conclusion, taking your pup along with you on a cruise can be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved if done properly. Make sure you do all necessary research ahead of time regarding health requirements, size restrictions, fees associated with taking furry friends onboard and other regulations so that everyone can have an enjoyable experience at sea.