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My friend noticed 4 small dogs on her recent cruise. One wore the harness of a service dog but the 3 others did not. Is there a new policy which allows small, non-service dog to be brought on board for the cruise?

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My friend noticed 4 small dogs on her recent cruise. One wore the harness of a service dog but the 3 others did not. Is there a new policy which allows small, non-service dog to be brought on board for the cruise?

Basically, all you have to do is declare the dog a "service dog":

 

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contentWithHero.do?pagename=service_animals

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Basically, all you have to do is declare the dog a "service dog":

 

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contentWithHero.do?pagename=service_animals

 

And I believe its against the law for anyone to ask for further paper work to prove that the animal is a service dog.

 

Honestly, I think its absolutely terrible (if its not really a service dog).

Edited by OfTheSeasCruiser

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Landlord here and practically all my rentals are no animals -- but everyone has a service pet.

 

"I need a parakeet for my anxiety."

 

"I need a turtle for my insomnia."

 

"I need a poisonous rattlesnake for my uromysitisis poisoning."

 

Thankfully the law allows for contracts that state if a service animal is required, a non-refundable pet fee is allowed.

 

Of course, if someone is truly disabled in the pre-2005 definition of the term, I'm fine with it and would never charge a fee.

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There was a Pomeranian on my cruise a few weeks ago. He/she didn't have any sort of thing that said service or therapy dog on it. The people working in the promenade were going all crazy over the dog. (In a happy way). It's probably been awhile that some have seen a dog

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Not all service dogs will have a special collar or jacket or ID. Those items are designed to help the person, to identify that their dog is a service animal. Once on the ship, it no longer is a point to prove it.

 

Ships aren't exactly the best place for animals.

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We had several non service dogs on our cruise in Nov. on the Allure.

 

How do you know that? While a seeing eye dog may be quite obvious, a small dog who is trained to detect seizures or diabetic issues, maybe not so much. An acquaintance has been in a hospital in Germany for a couple of months as she left her little dog home due to difficulties traveling through Europe with him. She went into a diabetic coma in the hotel and wasn't found for hours. Our grandson suffers frequent seizures. The dog will wake his parents if one is coming on so they can both get some sleep at night.

 

Don't judge if you don't have the facts.

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Several years ago there was a couple on our cruise that had a small dog with them. It came up in conversation that it was a 'service dog' that was used to detect oncoming seizures. Cool, no problem. We noticed though that throughout the cruise we saw the dog with a differing member of the couple each time we saw it so unless the dog can detect the seizures of the other person from 1000 feet away through metal barriers, I call BS. This was nothing more that taking Fluffy on vacation.

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Not all service dogs will have a special collar or jacket or ID.

 

Good point, I've also noticed a surge of therapy dogs recently. Dogs that help an owner with PTSD or psychosis. Not that the woman with four dogs is a case of that.

 

....also were do these dogs go pee? Like seriously.

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....also were do these dogs go pee? Like seriously.

 

The ship sets up a 4' x 4' pee space with some natural plants or something -- you request it 30 days out or more.

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The ship sets up a 4' x 4' pee space with some natural plants or something -- you request it 30 days out or more.

 

In your room? Or is there like a convening dog park or something? Thanks!

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In your room? Or is there like a convening dog park or something? Thanks!

 

From the link that Bob (Clarea) posted above:

 

"We provide 4 feet by 4 feet relief areas with cypress mulch to accommodate service dogs. Sod for sailings from the U.S. can be provided if ordered in advance and is available. Relief areas are provided on a shared basis with other service dogs onboard. Please note that Central Park on OasisSM class ships is not designated as a relief area."

 

The last line is insane and makes me grit my teeth.

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In your room? Or is there like a convening dog park or something? Thanks!

I usually see the dog space on the outside promenade deck.

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We cruise to get AWAY from our pets, no rescue, no emails begging us to save this dog/cat, no vet visits, no cleaning, scooping, medicating, no being woken up at 3 am because two of them decide to try to kill each other, etc. I am happy to be away from the little ingrates for 8-9 days :D

 

We love our furbabies but we also love leaving them behind for those much needed, once a year cruises :p

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Good point, I've also noticed a surge of therapy dogs recently. Dogs that help an owner with PTSD or psychosis. Not that the woman with four dogs is a case of that.

 

....also were do these dogs go pee? Like seriously.

 

However, therapy dogs are not covered under the ADA, and are not supposed to be allowed onboard, though again the lines don't want the hassle of an ADA lawsuit.

 

Generally, the litter box is placed in an out of the way spot on the promenade deck, and gets serviced a couple of times a day. The "product" has to go into red biohazard bags and get burned in the incinerator. Sometimes, service dogs are trained only to go on specific materials, and we had one dog that would only go on cat litter, when we normally provided shredded newsprint. Home office didn't tell us of the need until embarkation day, so we scrambled out to Walmart to get some litter.

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I would rather be on a ship with dogs than kids...but to each their own right.

 

For some people, their dogs are like kids to them or maybe the only companion they have in life.

 

Based on my experience I have seen with dogs on board, they are much quieter, well behaved and cuter than most kids.....actually compared to a lot of adults on board as well...lol

 

That should get some responses....but its my opinion just like those who don't like or think dogs should be on ships.....fair is fair!

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I really appreciate when I see a true service dog on the ship working and well behaved. However, when someone flat out tells you that their little dog is an emotional needs dog, that is wrong. They are using other people true disabilities, to take advantage and bring their dogs because they chose not to leave it at home.

 

I know there was a post a year or two back that a passenger brought a small dog. The dog barked at people, sat on the owners lap in the dining room and got fed food off the plate, got left unattended in the cabin while it's owners went out for the night. I don't see that dog being any type of service animal.

 

Under the ADA, the cruise lines are allowed to ask what type of service the animal performs. I think they should do this, and then disallow the comfort dogs as they are not recognized under the ADA.

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You can go online and for a fee of $75.00 you can certify any dog to be a service dog.

 

That "certification" isnt worth the paper its written on :) Besides, no one can require any type of certification.

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However, when someone flat out tells you that their little dog is an emotional needs dog, that is wrong. .

 

Not only is it wrong, "emotional support" dogs are not recognized by the ADA. The cruiselines could deny those dogs boarding.

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Not only is it wrong, "emotional support" dogs are not recognized by the ADA. The cruiselines could deny those dogs boarding.

 

Yes, and I misspoke before, when I said therapy dogs were not covered by the ADA. It was before my morning coffee, and I meant emotional support dogs, not therapy dogs, which are covered by ADA.

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