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Old Jan 11th 2010, 5:29 am
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Just wondering if anyone has done the Cunard 6 day Transatlantic voyage with kids and a dog from Southampton to New York one way of course.

Particularly interested in the journey from New York to Buffalo to land there. Did you do a one way car hire from NY - Buffalo? How long is the journey, and were you able to accomodate the dog at any hotels on route to explore the area for a couple of days before landing? Then what happened at Buffalo.....the landing experience and car hire in Canada.

Guys and Gals....I know this is a really big ask.....just trying to look at all the options.
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This goes double for us - we'll be taking two dogs over, and the cruise on QM2 is something we'd like to do. We'll be watching replies to this post closely :-)
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This goes double for us - we'll be taking two dogs over, and the cruise on QM2 is something we'd like to do. We'll be watching replies to this post closely :-)
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Hello

I knew I'd seen something on here whilst looking out info for pets so a quick reminder found these which might help:-

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...&highlight=QE2
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...&highlight=QE2

If I wasn't eventually aiming for BC, I would consider it too!

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Originally Posted by lins and Stef McLachlan
Hi
Just wondering if anyone has done the Cunard 6 day Transatlantic voyage with kids and a dog from Southampton to New York one way of course.

Particularly interested in the journey from New York to Buffalo to land there. Did you do a one way car hire from NY - Buffalo? How long is the journey, and were you able to accomodate the dog at any hotels on route to explore the area for a couple of days before landing? Then what happened at Buffalo.....the landing experience and car hire in Canada.

Guys and Gals....I know this is a really big ask.....just trying to look at all the options.
Thanks
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Can't give advice on the 'cruise' and the landing, but I have driven Buffalo/New York a couple of times. You can do it in a day no problem - about 5-6 hours + traffic. Its an easy drive - there is a toll road but it is fairly cheap. Go via Syracuse. Hold ups are likely to be on the 190 when you start to queue for Canada Immigration. Also on your exit out of New York.
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Hi Bodgerx
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Can't give advice on the 'cruise' and the landing, but I have driven Buffalo/New York a couple of times. You can do it in a day no problem - about 5-6 hours + traffic. Its an easy drive - there is a toll road but it is fairly cheap. Go via Syracuse. Hold ups are likely to be on the 190 when you start to queue for Canada Immigration. Also on your exit out of New York.
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Hi Bodgerx
Thanks for the info.....looking at this as a possible option
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You will have to book quite far in advance, as kennel space goes quickly.
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Hi Bali
Thanks for the links......loads of info there
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Originally Posted by Bali2010
Hello

I knew I'd seen something on here whilst looking out info for pets so a quick reminder found these which might help:-

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...&highlight=QE2
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...&highlight=QE2

If I wasn't eventually aiming for BC, I would consider it too!

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Yes both dates I was looking at had full kennels, but could go on waiting list once we had a confirmed booking?????
Can't book until our PR comes through though
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Check US visa requirements ... if you do not have a return ticket, you may need a tourist visa to enter the United States.
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Hi Jaj
Thanks for this.
If you look back at the links supplied in this post to previous posts, someone else said that you only need the usual visa waiver...as you are onward travelling to Canada to become PR there, so would not have difficulty proving that you would not overstay in US. Of course I will check with the shipping company if we do go that way
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Check US visa requirements ... if you do not have a return ticket, you may need a tourist visa to enter the United States.
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Hi Stef,

I'll be watching this post also, just back from a cruise at xmas and its how we want to land even if if the dogs have to follow on a boat later (with my folks), I know its not the case all the time but witnessed a couple of dogs in crates at LA over xmas and the noises and distress they sounded in was to much...if i can do anything to avoid sending them by plane i will.

Hope it all works out.

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Not sure if it helps much, but we came back from canada to the UK on the QM2. Mainly because single flights from winnipeg to UK were horribly expensive. we didnt have dogs (just kids) and so managed to book 2 weeks before departure. We managed to get 12 cases/bags in our cabin.

The passage was very relaxing, and to be recommended.

It might be possible to get a train from NewYork, A one way rental will attract an extra charge and you may not be able to take the vehicle into canada on a one way. I think enterprise car rental do one ways, you would need to contact them and ask the question - google may be helpful here.

I was looking to do something similar in reverse when connecting with QM2 but it proved quite expensive.
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Thanks for this info. I like the idea of trying to combine a holiday with the landing.........and a little luxury would not be unwelcome. With a flight...it is dead money..........just the flight....but a cruise is sounding more and more civilised by the minute.

12 bags ......oh gosh...that would give my OH a heart attack....and then there is the, possibly humping of that lot on and off a train and the car hire from Niagara to consider..or should we say van hire?....lol....
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Originally Posted by snowshoveller
Not sure if it helps much, but we came back from canada to the UK on the QM2. Mainly because single flights from winnipeg to UK were horribly expensive. we didnt have dogs (just kids) and so managed to book 2 weeks before departure. We managed to get 12 cases/bags in our cabin.

The passage was very relaxing, and to be recommended.

It might be possible to get a train from NewYork, A one way rental will attract an extra charge and you may not be able to take the vehicle into canada on a one way. I think enterprise car rental do one ways, you would need to contact them and ask the question - google may be helpful here.

I was looking to do something similar in reverse when connecting with QM2 but it proved quite expensive.
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Originally Posted by lins and Stef McLachlan
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Thanks for this info. I like the idea of trying to combine a holiday with the landing.........and a little luxury would not be unwelcome. With a flight...it is dead money..........just the flight....but a cruise is sounding more and more civilised by the minute.

12 bags ......oh gosh...that would give my OH a heart attack....and then there is the, possibly humping of that lot on and off a train and the car hire from Niagara to consider..or should we say van hire?....lol....
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We also looked into this last year as others have said book well in advance, It is possible to go by train but bear this in mind if you have dogs ?? car hire might be better ( very large car/van if you have 12 cases ) hire for a couple of weeks gives you time to sort out some wheels then send hubbie to return car to NY ?? then train or fly back ( we are going to Ottawa i think ? ) only looked at this briefly as we haven't had update letter yet ????????

We thought less stress on dogs, a holiday for us, after all the stress of moving etc i think it would be a great way to start a new chapter in our life.

Will watch this with interest, there are older posts where others have done the whole dog, boat, car thing last year i think ?

The chap from Cunard told us there are no luggage limits even had a lawn mower in one cabin last year , do wonder how you go through the border to Canada with all that though ( is it on a goods to follow list ? )
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