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tag1000

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  1. Hi. The automatic tip does not include your dog. I always tip the kennel masters at the end of the voyage. They are remarkable!
  2. I have done this several times. The last was in June. In NYC they usually funnel the passengers with dogs to a special booth. There you go through the normal customs/immigration. I am Canadian and this part is very quick. A USDA will be hanging around to look at the rabies certificate and that is it. Total time to look at the rabies certificate is perhaps 30 seconds. I had two dogs the last time I went through and the agent only looked at one certificate for one dog. I went to show him the second certificate but he said something along the lines of “I am sure that if you have one certificate then you have both” which of course I did. On previous times they did check both rabies certificates. There has never been any ask to see a fit to travel certificate but I always have everything. One thing: I know you can’t bring dog food in with you. The one time I did have food I let the agent know I only had enough for one meal and they said “ok”. Always found the USDA agents very pleasant.
  3. This reminds me of one time I was having lunch in the Britannia Restaurant. Two children were emptying the salt and peppers shakers on to the table cloth while their parents simply watched. The waiter came by and took the salt and pepper shakers and said “that is not done on Cunard”. The parents just shrugged while the children were speechless. I had a silent chuckle!
  4. Thanks for the updates of your trip. My favourite so far is the mention of the sausage rolls. They are so good!!!
  5. Question about this: is the requirement that each person buying a package mandatory? I always bought the soft drink package but the person I travel with would not benefit from any of the packages as they really only drink tea.
  6. My two dogs absolutely agree with the lovely staff and would like to add another one to the list: fantastic deck facilities!!
  7. Food is so subjective. I was on the QM2 this past June and I found the food perfect in Britannia. That said, there was a couple next to me who hated absolutely everything that was put in front on them. Seriously everything went back to the kitchen and their behaviour was vile. Made everyone around them so uncomfortable. What was particularly awful was the way they spoke to the waiters. To their credit the waiters were so professional- not even blinking an eye. How they held their tongue was beyond me. Even the head waiter got an earful but he was also so professional Again for me I found each meal was wonderful!!
  8. Hi! Yes you can bring toys and bedding for your pet. I also bring their food bowls but they always have lots on board. Also: they have lots of bedding as well. I am not sure about litter boxes and litter cause I have dogs. The reason I bring bedding, toys and bowls is due to the fact that my dogs will be familiar with them. Do they really care? I am not sure!! I do bring their favourite treats-that they care about! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. tag1000

    Nightowl!

    For me part of the allure of a transatlantic is getting to see such amazing sights. The moon across the water is something to truly see. Leaving Southampton this year the sunset was incredible. The sky was red and the water was an incredible shade of pink. It was absolutely intoxicating. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. I can answer! It is a government document that your local vet fills out. It details your pet, microchip date, rabies vaccination date and tape worm treatment date. Then the document has to be signed off by a government vet. I am from Canada and my local vet was very familiar with the document and was able to complete it. Then I had to bring the document to the CFIA(Canadian Food Inspection Agency) who are the equivalent to the USDA. My word of caution: talk to your vet months in advance and find out where the USDA certified vet is located. In Canada the CFIA offices where the docs are signed off are located in major urban areas. I believe this is much the same in the US. You may have to travel a distance to where it the USDA vet is located. The funny thing is that the process and steps are very easy BUT sometimes the vets misinterpret the rules. For example the tape worm treatment must be given 5 days before entering the UK. If you think about it this means you will be onboard the ship. For Cunard, the requirement is 5 days before boarding. In my experience I had a CFIA official who really did not understand the process. He was troublesome. The other times I had a CFIA official who fully understood the process and was easy to deal with. Again: my advice. Let your local vet know months in advance and locate your nearest USDA office who will sign off and talk with them. That way it should go off with out a problem. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Yes! There can be lots of barking. Typically it more the first day as the dogs adjust. Then everything settles down. I have travelled several times with when there have been cats aboard and the cats all seem to do well! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. I have brought my dogs several times on QM2. They do a super job. As for your main question: expect to get off around 7:30am. I was in the video that Host Hattie posted. Everyone goes off together. Works very well and the Kennel Masters are absolutely fantastic. Now there can be a delay getting off. While all your papers are checked getting on in NYC, sometimes DEFRA will come aboard in Southampton. They will check papers, tapeworm treatment and microchip. It takes about 30 min or so. On my five trips with dogs, DEFRA only came twice and they are very good. In my experience you will have nothing to worry about! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. I have to agree. I have have limited taste buds but each menu has something I would like. They look great! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Changes on QM2

    Interesting! What are the menu format changes in Britannia? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. When I have been on the QM2 I have always sailed on deck 11 - usually towards the back. Interestingly sometimes there has been vibrations and others not. That said the vibrations have never been annoying. I am curious as to what causes them and to why they are there on some trips and not the other. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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