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ducky2u 10-08-2012 02:28 PM

service dogs
 
Do they allow service dogs on ships?

Favorite Auntie 10-08-2012 02:30 PM

Yes, I have seen them. I believe by law they have to.

kcashner 10-08-2012 02:32 PM

Yes...real ones and questionable ones. However, there has been at least one instance of a supposed service dog biting another guest; that dog has been permanently banned from the cruise line.

n8tivecaligirl 10-08-2012 02:34 PM

My sister went on a Hawaii cruise (not dcl) last fall and couldn't bring her dog, remember the ships don't have to follow Ada because they are international based ships. I would call dcl to clarify.

dfriia 10-08-2012 02:40 PM

There was a large yellow service dog on Wonder's 14-night cruise to Hawaii this past May.

LWQuestie 10-08-2012 02:44 PM

DCL not only allows service dogs but is incredibly helpful in advising guests traveling with service animals about the required documentation to travel to the ports on the particular itinerary.

I don't have direct experience with other cruise lines, but I've heard that other lines are much more hands off and expect the cruiser to figure out that part on their own.

bahacca 10-08-2012 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by n8tivecaligirl (Post 46385210)
My sister went on a Hawaii cruise (not dcl) last fall and couldn't bring her dog, remember the ships don't have to follow Ada because they are international based ships. I would call dcl to clarify.

Hawaii has VERY strict laws regarding bringing dogs onto the island. They have to be quarantined before they are allowed on the islands, so this is probably why. Service dogs have to have antibodies tests, proof of rabies vaccine, be microchipped and a bunch of other stuff before they are allowed on the island.

EeyoreIsMyName 10-08-2012 05:05 PM

DCL does allow service dogs on the ship. On our most recent cruise, we saw two with handicapped individuals who needed them. The PP is correct about the stricter rules when entering the islands of Hawaii with animals. They do have to be quarantined and their owners have to jump through a bunch of hoops (pun intended!)!

tmclanton 10-08-2012 05:12 PM

This from the Civil Rights website, regarding ADA rules on cruises:
QUESTION: HOW IS A SERVICE ANIMAL CARED FOR WHILE ON BOARD A VESSEL?
ANSWER:
* The care of the service animal is the responsibility of its user. The PVO is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal.
* The PVO must permit the user to bring a reasonable quantity of food on board for the animal and, in the case of a vessel with overnight accommodations, provide reasonable refrigerator space for the animalís food that requires refrigeration.
* Where a service animal is not permitted to disembark with its user (e.g., because of quarantine restrictions at a foreign port), the regulation provides that the PVO must work with the animalís user to ensure that the animal is properly cared for during the userís absence.
* While the PVO is not responsible for the care or supervision of the animal, the PVO should communicate with the passenger so that the passenger understands his/her responsibility to meet the essential needs of the animal (e.g., food, water, elimination) during the passengerís absence. The PVO should also take additional steps to facilitate the accommodation of the service animal in the userís absence (e.g., placing a sign on a cabin door to tell cleaning personnel not to enter).

tvguy 10-08-2012 05:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmclanton (Post 46386922)
This from the Civil Rights website, regarding ADA rules on cruises:
QUESTION: HOW IS A SERVICE ANIMAL CARED FOR WHILE ON BOARD A VESSEL?
ANSWER:
* The care of the service animal is the responsibility of its user. The PVO is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal.
* The PVO must permit the user to bring a reasonable quantity of food on board for the animal and, in the case of a vessel with overnight accommodations, provide reasonable refrigerator space for the animalís food that requires refrigeration.
* Where a service animal is not permitted to disembark with its user (e.g., because of quarantine restrictions at a foreign port), the regulation provides that the PVO must work with the animalís user to ensure that the animal is properly cared for during the userís absence.
* While the PVO is not responsible for the care or supervision of the animal, the PVO should communicate with the passenger so that the passenger understands his/her responsibility to meet the essential needs of the animal (e.g., food, water, elimination) during the passengerís absence. The PVO should also take additional steps to facilitate the accommodation of the service animal in the userís absence (e.g., placing a sign on a cabin door to tell cleaning personnel not to enter).

This would only apply to cruises on NCL's Pride of America, the only U.S. Flagged cruise ship and to river boats and the like plying American waters. ADA does not apply to ships not flagged in the U.S. Now, most cruise lines policies do follow ADA, just because it is good business.

tmclanton 10-08-2012 06:28 PM

This is from the ruling of Spector v. Norwegian. The Supreme court clearly states that all ships that operate out of US ports must comply with ADA law. There is some dispute on the cruise lines obligation to retrofit the older ships to make them ada compliant. However, the use of service dogs on cruise ships operating out of US ports, regardless if they are US flagged or foreign flagged vessels is not in debate. There is nothing that would have to be fit onto a room to make it available to a person with a service dog.

Are all cruise ships that dock at U.S. ports subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Technically, yes. In a landmark civil rights decision in Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line, the Supreme Court ruled that the ADA applies to foreign-flagged cruise ships that call on U.S. ports.

SoCaOC-Mom 10-08-2012 10:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kcashner (Post 46385193)
Yes...real ones and questionable ones. However, there has been at least one instance of a supposed service dog biting another guest; that dog has been permanently banned from the cruise line.

Was it an "assistance dog" ( guild, service or signal dog) or a 'therapy dog'? The differences are huge. Use of a therapy dog is not protected under the ADA.

MickeyEarrings 10-09-2012 06:05 AM

I remember seeing photos someone posted of himself on his verandah with his service dog. They were provided with a plastic kiddie pool lined with sod for the dog to go potty!

MickeyEarrings 10-09-2012 06:40 AM

I found the TR with that photo: here's a link-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2052361

luv2sleep 10-09-2012 07:27 AM

I wonder how what they do to glean the cabin afterwards for future guests with dog allergies? I hope they do something different to help that. Interesting about the kiddie pool! Guess you'd need a verandah can for all that.


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