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Stena Line Ferries

Well, you won’t believe it! Not only does the Stena Line pet travel policy 2024 allow pets on board, but they can also travel free of charge on all routes between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (Scotland, Wales & England). Yes, you read that correctly, FREE! In the mystical world of pet travel, isn’t that refreshing? Huge kudos to Stena Line for welcoming pets in this way, they clearly know how important our pets are to us. Stena Line accepts dogs on board their ferries either travelling in your car, or in one of the limited number of pre-booked car deck kennels. Not only that, but foot passengers can take their pet for free with Stena Line, there’s only a charge on Belfast – Liverpool routes. Read on for full details of the Stena Line pet policy 2024 for dogs, cats and ferrets. You can also check out reviews by other pet travellers to find out about their experiences with Stena Line Ferries before you book.

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Pets travelling on Belfast – Cairnryan routes with Stena Line

If you wish, your dog, cat or ferret can travel free of charge in a pre-booked kennel on the Stena Line car deck, or they can remain in your car for the duration of crossings between Belfast and Cairnryan. The maximum permitted dimensions for your pet travel carrier are:

W 80 x L 52 x H 52 cm

Please be aware that your pet can’t be taken out of their carrier anywhere onboard, including the outer deck. Whether you choose for your dog, cat or ferret to travel within your vehicle or in a kennel on the car deck, you must pre-book. A limited number of pet carriers are allowed onboard each sailing. You may be required to place your pet in the dedicated car deck kennel if they aren’t secured in their carrier at all times during the crossing.

Foot passengers with pets on Belfast – Cairnryan crossings

Stena Line foot passengers may pre-book a kennel or bring small pets onboard at no additional cost. Your pet must be secured for the duration of the crossing at all times in their own pet carrier, which has to meet the specified dimensions. Otherwise, you’ll be asked to place the carrier case on the car desk in the dedicated kennel area for the duration of the crossing. All pets must be pre-booked as a limited number of travel carriers are allowed onboard each sailing. This can be done on the Stena Plus & Onboard Extras step of the booking process.

Pets travelling on Belfast – Liverpool routes with Stena Line

Stena Line recommends that you pre-book a dog lodge for crossings on the Liverpool, England to Belfast, Northern Ireland route. This costs an additional £15 one way per dog lodge and can be booked at the Stena Plus & Onboard Extras step of the booking process. Booking a dog lodge will allow you access to your pet throughout the crossing. Not only can you visit your dog but you can also exercise them under controlled conditions and free dog food is available.

Note the size of a dog lodge for this route is:

100cm Height: 82.5cm Width: 75cm

Foot passengers with pets on Stena Line Belfast – Liverpool crossings

If you’re a foot passenger, you must pre-book a dog lodge on the promenade deck. Not only can you visit your dog, but you can also exercise them under controlled conditions, and free dog food is available. This costs an additional £15 one way per dog lodge and can be booked on the Stena Plus & Onboard Extras step of the booking process.

Pets travelling on Stena Line Holyhead – Dublin routes

If you wish, the Stena Line pet policy allows your dog, cat or ferret to travel free of charge in a pre-booked kennel on the Stenaline car deck. They can remain in your car for the duration of crossings between Holyhead, Wales and Dublin, Ireland if you prefer.

Foot passengers with pets on Holyhead – Dublin crossings

Kennels can be pre-booked for foot passengers with pets at no extra charge. You can pre-book a kennel on the Stena Plus & Onboard Extras step of the booking process. 

Pets travelling on Stena Fishguard, Wales – Rosslare, Ireland crossings

If you wish, your dog, cat or ferret can travel free of charge in a pre-booked kennel on the Stenaline car deck, or they can remain in your car for the duration of crossings between Fishguard and Rosslare.

Foot passengers with pets

Kennels can be pre-booked for foot passengers with pets at no extra charge. You can pre-book a kennel on the Stena Plus & Onboard Extras step of the booking process. 

Pets travelling on Cherbourg – Rosslare routes with either car or foot passengers

Cats and dogs may travel between Cherbourg, France and Rosslare, Ireland with Stenaline for £30 each way in either:

  • A heated onboard dog lodge or
  • A heated on board kennel

Kennels and dog lodges are subject to availability and must be pre-booked. The Stena Line pet policy states that if no kennels or dog lodges are available, you must leave your pet in your vehicle. Foot passengers with pets will have to select another crossing with an on board kennel or dog lodge available.

Remember to ensure that you have the necessary documentation for pet travel in Europe, and have a look at our recommendations to protect your cat or dog in a foreign country.

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