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Taking your dog on a ferry

Traveling by B.C. Ferries with a pet dog

Over the past week, we’ve taken several ferry rides on B.C. Ferries, ranging from a quick hop on the tiny Skeena Queen (connecting Fulford Harbor, on Salt Spring Island, with Swartz Bay) to a long chug on the Spirit of Vancouver Island (one of the massive ferries connecting Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen). Pet dogs are allowed on board, though not above the car decks. The B.C. Ferries web site is austerely brief on the topic: “Pets must remain on vehicle  … Read more

Getting into, and out of, England with an in-cabin dog: It’s complicated

We’re planning a long stay in Paris this fall, and for the sake of the blog I decided to fly home not from Paris but from London. Going through that process, I thought, would really help other travelers with dogs — and it is a process, since dogs are not allowed to fly in-cabin into the U.K. If they’re on a plane, they have to be traveling as manifested cargo (as always with posts on this blog, I’m talking about  … Read more

Leap Frog Water Taxi: Dog-friendly link between Bellingham and the San Juan Islands

I saw some tweets about a new water taxi service between Bellingham, WA and the San Juan Islands, so I called and spoke with owner Bill McGown, who told me that pet dogs are welcome on board, for no additional fee. If you think they’ll be uneasy on a boat, a carrier might be a good idea, but it’s not required. There’s a patch of carpet in the cabin for them to lie down on (or hook their toenails into,  … Read more

Photo Friday (and reader’s report): Maia on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard

Several Dog Jaunt readers have sent me marvelous reports about their travels, and I’m determined to catch up and post them all. Taking a LIFO approach (and that is the entirety of what I remember from my Accounting class), I bring you today reader Dolce’s notes from her recent Cape Cod vacation with Maia, her Yorkie mix:

We stayed for the first night in Cambridge, at the Meridien. We paid a $150 security deposit but no additional charge for  … Read more

San Francisco Bay ferries with a small dog

Photo by Jerry Downs

There are several companies providing ferry services across and around the Bay. I’m happy to report that all of them allow small dogs in carriers on board.

The Blue & Gold Fleet, based at Pier 39 in San Francisco, runs shoals of ferries around the Bay. Their routes include sightseeing tours to Angel Island and around the Bay, and regularly-scheduled trips to Tiburon, Sausalito, Alameda/Oakland and Vallejo (here’s a map of their routes). Their (pet) dog policy  … Read more

The Cross Sound Ferry: Dogs allowed

My sister-in-law, whose family has lived on Long Island since forever, read a recent Dog Jaunt post about the Port Jefferson ferry and told me that the Cross Sound Ferry (or the Orient Point ferry) is also dog-friendly. The ferry travels between Orient Point, at the tip of Long Island’s North Fork, and New London, CT. (The same company also operates the Block Island Express, from New London to Block Island.)

When I called, the customer service representative told me that  … Read more

The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry: Dogs allowed

In an earlier post, I mentioned taking the Hampton Jitney to Boston by way of the Port Jefferson ferry. Small dogs in carriers are allowed on the Hampton Jitney buses, but what if you’re not taking the Hampton Jitney? Can dogs travel on the Port Jefferson ferry? The answer is not on the ferry website, so I wrote and asked. Here’s the official word: “Dogs are allowed on the ferry, and there is no charge for them. They must be  … Read more

Traveling by Washington State Ferries with a dog

Photo by stevevoght

We take the ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands frequently (and sometimes on to Sidney, B.C.), but the Washington State Ferries also go from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Seattle to Bremerton, Seattle to Vashon Island, Edmonds to Kingston, Mukilteo to Clinton (on Whidbey Island), and Keystone (on Whidbey Island) to Port Townsend. There are also ferries from Fauntleroy (in West Seattle) to Vashon Island and on to Southworth (on the Kitsap Peninsula), and from Vashon  … Read more

Dog jaunt: Staten Island Ferry (NYC)

Photo by Biskuit

The Staten Island Ferry is a delightful way to get a harbor cruise view of lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty — for free! And dogs are allowed on board (click on “Rules of Conduct”), as long as they are in a carrier or muzzled.

The trip takes a half hour each way, and although you cannot stay on board for a round trip, it is just possible to disembark and re-embark on the returning ferry  … Read more