It would seem somehow unfriendly to keep your pet cooped up in a small carrier for any longer than was absolutely necessary to get where you were going. Personally, I'd like to see pets allowed in more places (my family runs a pets-welcome motel), but I can see that a ship would have safety issues for them.
If your friends can't find a good way to transport their dog by ship, it might be possible to send him via "counter to counter" air freight to meet them after they arrive. They would need a friend to look after the dog for a few days and then take him to the airport at the proper time, and then they'd pick him up at their local airport. I'm not sure what the rules are for sending animals between countries, but it works well within the U.S. I think the airlines I've used are Delta and American.
Post Edited (05-08-03 03:00)
Radiance of the Seas to Alaska July 2003
First cruise-10th anniversary
Yeah they had planned on just sending the dog back on American Airlines and I believe that is still the plan, but they had just wondered if the shortest transatlantic cruise would take him. I figured the cruise lines wouldn't do this because it isn't a "Point A to B" type of transportation. Anyway thanks for the reply.
I have heard rumors of some frieghters that allow passengers and pets. Certainly wouldn't be luxury travel accomodations for the humans, but maybe worth looking into. I know of a pet travel agency, maybe they can help? Try searching the internet too. It certainly would be nice though...I'd pay full fare to take mine. However, walking them for potty breaks would be a serious issue if they weren't litter box trained. Yes, they have dog litter boxes now. <BG>
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I have never used this agency, but I have all kinds of info from my internet searches from when I take my "kids" on vacation. F.Y.I WWW.PETSWELCOME.COM is a great resource website too.