P&O Ferries – passengers wishing to travel with pets must make an advance booking and declare animals when they make the reservation. Pet policies vary slightly across the different route, but you will be advised of the arrangements for your crossing at the time of booking. Pets are not allowed in the passengers areas of the ship so only travel by car, with a maximum of four pets per vehicle. Foot passengers or those travelling by coach are not allowed to take pets. At Larne Harbour there is a DEFRA unit where authority to travel will be given before check in. There is no charge for pets travelling in vehicles.
Stena Line – Pets can travel free of charge within vehicles on routes crossing the Irish Sea. Pets are not allowed on the passengers decks on the following routes – (Dublin/Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard, or Belfast to Liverpool. It is recommended that you book an on board kennel for your pet on the Belfast to Liverpool route.
Pets can travel with foot passengers, but they must be in suitable pet carriers and will remain on the car deck for the crossing. On the Belfast to Liverpool route pets must be booked in to a dog kennel. There are located on the Promenade Deck and allow you to visit your pet during the crossing and exercise them for a charge of £15 per kennel.
Irish Ferries – pets can travel free of charge with either car or foot passengers.
Car passengers – pets can either remain in your car, or make the crossing in the ships kennels. Kennels are free of charge and can be booked in advance. Pets are not allowed on the passenger decks.
Foot-passengers – Pets must be transported in suitable pet carriers in which they are able to stand or lie down comfortably. Owners must be able to carry the container themselves, and animals will spend the crossing in their carrier on the car deck.
Every ship has kennel facilities on board, located on the car decks. Available kennels are:
Isle of Inishmore ( Rosslare – Pembroke route) – 10 kennels.
Dublin Swift( Dublin – Holyhead route) – 5 kennels.
Ulysses (Dublin – Holyhead route) – 6 Medium kennels, 4 Large kennels.
Epsilon (Dublin/Holyhead route) – 5 Small kennels, 3 Medium kennels and 2 Large kennels.