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My wife and I just returned from a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas. Love that boat! It was the first Royal that I cruised on 12 years ago and she is still just the right size and has the most pleasant crew that I have ever encountered. While our cruise was great along with the ports that we visited, we were surprised by one thing, People were allowed to bring their precious "emotional support" dogs on board. I didn't realize that was allowed. We did notice on our walks around the ship that Royal had put together a 2'x2' artificial turf poop pad hidden on deck 5 toward the bow. There were two dogs on board our cruise with the owners carrying them everywhere on board. Don't get me wrong, I am the biggest pet person around (2 dogs, 2 cats) but I don't understand bringing them onboard a ship. Does anyone else see a potential problem once all of the fake emotional support animal people find this out? Isn't there a problem with brining animals into a foreign country? Even if you don't get off the boat with them, how is that any different than just a year ago with ports not allowing any boat into their waters with reported covid cases or unvaccinated folks onboard?

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@Jim Lamb These are all really great questions. I definitely don’t think the system for allowing pets onboard is fool proof. I have had a friend bring their “emotional support pet,” and he didn’t have to provide any specific documentation. There must be associated risks with being a pet onboard and being exposed to viruses. Since each differing cruise line has specific protocols, I would say some may be more strict than others for requiring guests to submit supporting documentation. 

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On 12/13/2022 at 8:03 AM, Jim Lamb said:

My wife and I just returned from a cruise on the Jewel of the Seas. Love that boat! It was the first Royal that I cruised on 12 years ago and she is still just the right size and has the most pleasant crew that I have ever encountered. While our cruise was great along with the ports that we visited, we were surprised by one thing, People were allowed to bring their precious "emotional support" dogs on board. I didn't realize that was allowed. We did notice on our walks around the ship that Royal had put together a 2'x2' artificial turf poop pad hidden on deck 5 toward the bow. There were two dogs on board our cruise with the owners carrying them everywhere on board. Don't get me wrong, I am the biggest pet person around (2 dogs, 2 cats) but I don't understand bringing them onboard a ship. Does anyone else see a potential problem once all of the fake emotional support animal people find this out? Isn't there a problem with brining animals into a foreign country? Even if you don't get off the boat with them, how is that any different than just a year ago with ports not allowing any boat into their waters with reported covid cases or unvaccinated folks onboard?

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It’s total BS. Anyone can claim their dog is an emotional support dog or whatever. Leave your pet at home and if you really need to be with them STAY HOME!

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@Jim LambI totally agree with you. In my opinion, no pets should be allowed anywhere on the ship. Surely you can enjoy yourself for a week or so without your pets with you. I'm not the biggest animal person, but I would like to enjoy myself without having animals around you. 

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@ArveyD I definitely understand where you are coming from. I do believe it should be a more regulated process. I'm also not quite sure how sanitary it is. Are there places onboard for dogs to use the restroom? I don't think I have come across an area like this on a ship before. 

@PaulBI agree, although I don't have use for a service dog. I would think leaving your pet behind while vacationing could feel pretty liberating! 

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It is interesting that you bring this topic up.   In the past year I did 3 cruises - RCL, Celebrity and Carnival.   The RCL one was the only line I noticed this.  I think Royal must have easier rules or something.

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FJB I agree wholeheartedly! And, after reading Royal's policy, it says nothing about "emotional support" animals, just animals that have been trained for a specific purpose in assisting with a special need. These folks that have to bring Fifi along because they are nice to have on their lap need to stay home with the dog and enjoy their PETS there! 

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