5 Short Dog Friendly Cruises for the First Time Cruiser

Here are five dog-friendly cruises I want to check out!

Cute white dog at boat

I didn’t travel nearly as much as I’d like to in this year, so I decided to get my act together and start planning fun excursions for me and my family next year! I’m not really interested in swimming – I have a pool I’m too afraid to jump into – but I do love being near the water. Every year my parents bring me to the beach, but this coming year, I’d like to be a little more adventurous. Do you have any idea where I’m going with this? I’m hoping to go on a few dog-friendly cruises!

Don’t be jealous. At first, I thought going on a cruise ship was just for humans. I wasn’t very enthusiastic that I’d find a cruise ship that allowed us furballs, but I found a few cool cruises to try out. Before I begin, I should tell you that there are a few cruise lines that allow you to take your dog with you for long distance travel, but I don’t know if I’m ready for that. I wanted to try out short dog-friendly cruises before I committed to something serious. Here are five North American dog-friendly cruises I’m going to ask my parents to bring me on.

Hy-Line Cruises: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

I’m lucky to live in New England, especially when the weather is nice out. I’m so excited to learn that Hy-Line Cruises allows dogs on all their boats. Do you know what this means? This means I can travel around Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard without even needing to convince my parents to bring me on a vacation. We’ll be able to drive to the boat! The best news is that dogs ride for free. Just remember to stay leashed at all times. Oh, and they frown on dogs jumping onto the furniture. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Watermark Cruises: Annapolis or Baltimore, Maryland

I like Maryland. I’ve visited there before, but I’ve never stayed for more than a few hours. This year I’m going to try to convince my parents to take a short road trip down to Maryland. If they say yes, I’ll definitely try out Watermark Cruises. Did you know you can go with your humans on 45-minute, dog-friendly cruises? You can! They will take you around Baltimore’s inner harbor and Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse.

Mercury Skyline Canine Cruise: Chicago, Illinois

Yes, you read that correctly. A cruise made specifically for canines and their human counterparts. If you go on a Mercury Skyline Canine Cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to ride along the river right beside the Windy City’s beautiful skyline. In fact, your tour guide will point out dog-friendly parks and other Chicago stats. How cool is that? I only know a little about Chicago, so I think it would be awesome to have a tour guide to tell me more about the city.

BayWatch Dolphin Tours: Galveston, Texas

You might not believe me when I tell you this, but dog’s are allowed on boats where you get to see dolphins if you cruise with BayWatch Dolphin Tours. I don’t know how to properly show you my enthusiasm on this one, but I’ve always wanted to see dolphins in the wild!  Dolphins are the coolest animals (well, besides dogs, duh!) and this hour-long sightseeing tour on the Galveston Harbor is the perfect opportunity. Oh, and guess what I’m going to use as my bargaining chip with my parents? Dogs ride for free!

Hornblower Cruises: San Deigo, California

From what I hear, Hornblower Cruises has the best all-you-can-eat brunch buffet around. I have human friends out in San Deigo, and not only can they vouch for the mouth-watering menu, but they also told me they do special bring-your-dog days on this cruise line, and it’s called Bow Wow Brunch. And get this – the doggy dining menu is just as great. Trust me, I checked it out!

Has your dog ever traveled on a dog-friendly cruise? If so, let us know how it went in the comments!


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