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Talk about a poop deck!

July 07, 2016

The Queen Mary 2, Cunard’s flagship, spent a month undergoeing a complete revitalization to make the onboard experience even more luxurious for passengers. Including those with four legs.

Celebrity pets including Chloe the Mini Frenchie, Wally the Welsh Corgi, and Ella Bean the Dog made appearances at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 24 new kennels on the ship.

The event took place in Brooklyn just before the famous vessel ventures across the Atlantic to Southampton, England.

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These four-legged passengers aren’t the first famous furry creatures to set sail with Cunard. The company has transported many notable pets over the years: Rin-Tin-Tin, star of 36 silent films, traveled on the Berengaria. In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor brought her pampered puppies on board the original Queen Mary, and exercised them regularly on the ship’s sports deck. (She even ordered special meals for them from the fish chef.)

“Cunard has a long history of sailing pets — its friendly pet policy dates back 175 years to the maiden voyage of the Britannia in 1840,” the cruise line said in a statement.

The Queen Mary 2 is the only long-distance passenger vessel at sea that carries cats and dogs, and kennels can fill up a year in advance. To answer the demand, Cunard added an additional 12 kennels for a total of 24. Also new: a refurbished “poop deck”—complete with a lamppost from London and a fire hydrant from New York City—and an owner’s lounge where passengers can play with their pets indoors. 

 Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Cunard

Along with the upgraded animal accommodations, the Queen Mary 2 also boasts an owners' lounge, new pet playground, and a larger outdoor area with an historic English lamppost and American fire hydrant so canines from both sides of the pond will feel at home.

A full-time Kennel Master takes care of daily pet responsibilities, including feeding, walking, and cuddling the pets onboard.

Pampered pets also get a logoed fleece coat, freshly baked biscuits at turn-down, and a private deck where they can meet their owners for a bit of playtime.

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