Cunard Upgrades Pet-Friendly QM2 Services

Cunard first began welcoming pets onboard back in 1840 with Britannia and now it is extending its hospitality to the four-legged friends of its Queen Mary 2 passengers. The luxury line has made enhancements to its "Pets on Deck" program, including 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-logoed coat. Queen Mary 2's kennel program is under the direction of a full-time Kennel Master who takes care of daily pet care responsibilities such as feeding, walking and cleaning the ship's 12 kennels. Now, traveling dogs and cats also receive a complimentary gift pack featuring a QM2-logoed 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: 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; and a selection of premium pet foods from top brands. Carol Marlow, president and managing director of Cunard said that for some passengers, transporting their pets safely and comfortably is a top priority, and having them cross the Atlantic onboard QM2 is far more desirable than flying them between continents.