Starting Monday, Marine Atlantic is offering pet-friendly cabins for travelers who don’t want to leave their pets alone in kennels or in their cars during ferry crossings.
The ferry service operates two routes with crossings between Sydney, NS, and Argentina, NL, and between Sydney and Port aux Basques, NL.
This change has come about due to the demand of the customers.
Marine Atlantic launched a pet-friendly cabin pilot program last year. Because of its success, the company said it is now providing eight cabins for people who want to take their pets with them.
The price is about $40 plus one that is not available for pets.
Sean McLean loves change. He is originally from Cape Breton, but now lives in Labrador.
He travels to Cape Breton several times a year, but has avoided taking the ferry. He didn’t want to leave his two dogs in the kennel for the six-hour crossing. That means 36 hours of driving.
“We have historically traveled the long route from Happy Valley-Goose Bay through Quebec and New Brunswick and eventually the dogs would be without us to escape that six-hour time to land in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton,” They said .
Already over 2,000 bookings
Since being announced last week, pet-friendly cabins have been pouring in.
“In the first 24 hours that we announced, we had over 2,000 bookings for the pet-friendly cabin, so it’s proving to be very popular,” said Marine Atlantic spokesman Darrell Mercer. “The feedback we’ve been hearing from customers is that it’s a welcome addition.”
While there are no restrictions on the size of pets in the cabin, there is a limit of two pets per cabin.
Mercer also said Marine Atlantic will use the first few months to determine whether the number of pet-friendly cabins will need to be increased.