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    Ferries and Dogs

    We don't have much experience of Ferries and have not as yet ventured overseas with our van. The chilly weather makes heading to warmer climes more and more desirable.

    Have no idea what happens to dogs when on the Ferry - do they stay in the vehicle or is there a special area for them? Do you have to pay extra to take a dog? Are all ferries the same, or does each one have a different policy?

    Would love to hear from seasoned travellers
    Mary

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    Hi Mary

    We haven't got a dog but I found this on the Brittany Ferries site.

    http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/pe...-travel-scheme
    Graham
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      #3
      Ferries - dog stays in car on own

      Tunnel - dog stays in car with you

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        #4
        Originally posted by peterholden View Post
        Ferries - dog stays in car on own

        Tunnel - dog stays in car with you
        Hello Peter,
        Presumably this would apply to short crossings only,dogs need water,may need a pee and a poo ! . I have to say I cant see how you do it on the longer crossings,eg from Hull or to Bilbao.
        I would think 2 hours is about it,but Im no expert.I have never seen a dog on any of the ferries I have used,not even the Isle Of Wight, I would be curious as to how this is done.

        See you in the spring.

        Ian
        Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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          #5
          On Scottish ferries dogs can leave the car (with their owners of course) and go to a special area of the deck - all very civilized! Not sure it is worth all the bother for continental crossings! Maybe the tunnel is the easy option
          Mary

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            #6
            I dont know how they do it on the long crossings but I have friends who have taken their dog on the short trips and the dog had to stay in the car. They seemed to think that the noise, isolation etc was not good for their dog and now always use the tunnel.

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              #7
              Don't know about the cross channel ones, but when we went over to Ireland - Holyhead to Dublin - a few years ago we left our dogs in the car and they were fine. They had a good walk before we embarked, and again as soon as we got a chance on the other side.

              There was an option of "kennels" on the ferry and we saw a few dogs going there, but felt ours would be happier in a place they knew we would return to. I think it was free for the crossing but a bit extra if you used the kennels.

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                #8
                We went to France last year with our dog, he had to stay in the car,we were allowed to visit him once(and were taken down to the car deck by a member of the crew) feed him if necessary and take him for a walk. I found out on the very long trips i.e. 24 hrs , they have their own kennel and walk and you can visit when you like. On the way back before you board you have to actually take the dog into the ticket office/reception with you and show that he had been to the local vets,etc. Yes you do have to pay for your dog and don't forget your dogs passport if you haven't got one it takes a good six months from the start to the finish. Hope this helps
                Last edited by Megan; 03-01-2011, 21:40.

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                  #9
                  I have cut and pasted this from the Britanny ferries website I linked to above.

                  Some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the transport of animals

                  Where does my dog stay during the crossing?
                  Large and small kennels are provided for dogs on Pont-Aven, Bretagne and Cap Finistère. Kennels are generally only used on the Santander, Bilbao and St Malo routes. On our other vessels, animals will only be permitted to travel in the owner/escort's vehicle. Animals are not permitted in the passenger areas of the ship.
                  Cap Finistère is also equipped with 4 pet friendly cabins (4 berth with porthole), these must be booked on the telephone through our reservations service, for further information please call: 0871 244 0744
                  Find out more about the Small Kennels and the Large Kennels on Pont-Aven, Cap Finistère and Bretagne.
                  Can I visit my animal during the crossing?
                  At the discretion of the crew and conditions permitting, owners may visit their animal on the car deck at pre-arranged times during the course of the voyage.
                  Graham
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                    #10
                    Looks as if Eurotunnel come out on top - Kennel Club recommended. To quote from their website:-
                    Pets are part of the family - so we treat them just as we would treat any other passenger.
                    Mary

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Vanderella View Post
                      On Scottish ferries dogs can leave the car (with their owners of course) and go to a special area of the deck - all very civilized! Not sure it is worth all the bother for continental crossings! Maybe the tunnel is the easy option
                      The CalMac ferries have it down to an art form! It's lovely the way they treat their doggie passengers! I was dreading the 3hr journey from Ullpool to Stornaway as I was worried about my dog, but I needn't have worried. She came with me to a special doggie area with seats for humans and water bowls, and was also allowed to stroll around on deck as well!

                      Not the same on the Orkney ferry from Scrabster... she had to stay in the car and you could hear her howling from the deck! A couple of lads with bikes went down and quietened her for me as there were no staff around to take me down to the car deck - they had permission to stay with their bikes but I wasn't allowed to stay with my dog.

                      Never been abroad with my own transport or a dog, so can't comment on that!

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                        #12
                        JayJay - I'm wondering if it is just too much of an effort. It is hard enough to get ourselves organised for a quick trip in the UK! All that tick/worming, visiting vets, passport stamps, etc. looks too much of a headache.

                        Its meant to be fun (isn't it?)
                        Mary

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Vanderella View Post
                          JayJay - I'm wondering if it is just too much of an effort. It is hard enough to get ourselves organised for a quick trip in the UK! All that tick/worming, visiting vets, passport stamps, etc. looks too much of a headache.

                          Its meant to be fun (isn't it?)
                          Why not put your dog in kennels over here or get a family member or friend to care for it, its a shame to be tied to this country when there is the whole of Europe to discover.

                          We've been to some lovely campsite in France and hope to venture further afield when work constraints allow us longer holidays.
                          Graham
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                            #14
                            Took my 2 to the Hebrides last year. They stayed in my van and were quite happy.There is an area on the boat where you can have them with you but I was on my own and would not have been able to leave them to get a cuppa or go to the loo.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Graham View Post
                              Why not put your dog in kennels over here or get a family member or friend to care for it, its a shame to be tied to this country when there is the whole of Europe to discover.

                              We've been to some lovely campsite in France and hope to venture further afield when work constraints allow us longer holidays.
                              Kennels and family are OK for short bursts but she is getting a bit old now and I feel she warrants a comfortable life! Also the last time we used Kennels it seemed to cost more than our campsite
                              Mary

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