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I was wondering if anyone has entered the USA via port instead of Airport?

I am looking at sailing into NYC from the UK as I want to take my dog with me and he cannot fly most airlines as he is a short snout doggo

Im assuming there is CBP in the port, Would they know what to do properly?

Anyone know anyone who's entered not via an airport?

TIA

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5 minutes ago, Kimi31 said:

Hello

I was wondering if anyone has entered the USA via port instead of Airport?

I am looking at sailing into NYC from the UK as I want to take my dog with me and he cannot fly most airlines as he is a short snout doggo

Im assuming there is CBP in the port, Would they know what to do properly?

Anyone know anyone who's entered not via an airport?

TIA

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1 hour ago, Kimi31 said:

 

Im assuming there is CBP in the port, Would they know what to do properly?

That’s the first thing you should ask to the CBP. “Sir, are you equally qualified as those CBPs at the airports? Do you know how to do it? Can I call the CBP at the airport to guide you?”

 

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1 hour ago, Kimi31 said:

Hello

I was wondering if anyone has entered the USA via port instead of Airport?

I am looking at sailing into NYC from the UK as I want to take my dog with me and he cannot fly most airlines as he is a short snout doggo

Im assuming there is CBP in the port, Would they know what to do properly?

Anyone know anyone who's entered not via an airport?

TIA


@Zoeeeeeee is a UK person who could help you with your planning and research with a dog. She had it all arranged in detail, but actually abandoned her plans last minute so would not have port experience. Message her if you are interested in experience with the process. 

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If you proceed with your arrangements, wait until about a week before you are to arrive, then do this:   telephone the specific port of entry, ask for the shift supervisor, tell him/her your travel arrangements, and ask politely if he/she can ensure appropriate personnel to be on duty, because you don't want to blindside the agents with unexpected extra processing.  Your courtesy will be greatly appreciated, for sure.


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19 hours ago, Wuozopo said:


@Zoeeeeeee is a UK person who could help you with your planning and research with a dog. She had it all arranged in detail, but actually abandoned her plans last minute so would not have port experience. Message her if you are interested in experience with the process. 

Hi @Kimi31,

 

I was booked to emigrate on the QM2 with my elderly dog in November last year, but he unfortunately passed away in July, so I abandoned my ticket and flew instead (had only paid for the deposit, fortunately). As @Wuozoposaid, I can't help you with the port side of things (though I'm pretty sure I found reviews online from people who've emigrated via the QM2, so you definitely can do) but can advise re a lot of the Cunard ins and outs and info for when you arrive with your dog in NY. 

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On 4/25/2020 at 10:12 AM, Zoeeeeeee said:

Hi @Kimi31,

 

I was booked to emigrate on the QM2 with my elderly dog in November last year, but he unfortunately passed away in July, so I abandoned my ticket and flew instead (had only paid for the deposit, fortunately). As @Wuozoposaid, I can't help you with the port side of things (though I'm pretty sure I found reviews online from people who've emigrated via the QM2, so you definitely can do) but can advise re a lot of the Cunard ins and outs and info for when you arrive with your dog in NY. 

Thank you! I’m trying to convince my husband it’s the best idea. Because I’m not leaving my doggo behind. And few planes will have him due to his breed (Shih Tzu)

any extra info you can give me would be great 

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1 hour ago, Kimi31 said:

Thank you! I’m trying to convince my husband it’s the best idea. Because I’m not leaving my doggo behind. And few planes will have him due to his breed (Shih Tzu)

any extra info you can give me would be great 

Well, as he's a shih tzu, that means he would fit in either the small or the large crates in the kennels, so you wouldn't be as restricted as I was. They have 12 kennels in total - it was around $800 for my dog's kennel fee. Dogs have to stay in the kennel area, so aren't allowed in your cabin at any time - but they have two kennel masters that dote on them and they have a sitting room with sofas etc, and an off lead section of the deck - and the visiting hours aren't bad - so you can spend quite a long time with them each day (my plan had been that I was going to spend the day tiring my boy out, so he'd sleep well at night).

 

I had to wait 18 months for a free kennel - you may find a lesser wait as you don't need to wait for a large kennel or you may get a cancellation.. but I would work on the assumption that there'll be a long wait and get booking asap. 

 

I also recommend booking for out of season - my husband and I were booked to sail in November - I booked that one cause it was the soonest free kennel they had, but a silver lining to that was that it worked out at only £1800 for the two of us, whereas the summer cruises are much more expensive.

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On 4/29/2020 at 9:00 PM, Zoeeeeeee said:

Well, as he's a shih tzu, that means he would fit in either the small or the large crates in the kennels, so you wouldn't be as restricted as I was. They have 12 kennels in total - it was around $800 for my dog's kennel fee. Dogs have to stay in the kennel area, so aren't allowed in your cabin at any time - but they have two kennel masters that dote on them and they have a sitting room with sofas etc, and an off lead section of the deck - and the visiting hours aren't bad - so you can spend quite a long time with them each day (my plan had been that I was going to spend the day tiring my boy out, so he'd sleep well at night).

 

I had to wait 18 months for a free kennel - you may find a lesser wait as you don't need to wait for a large kennel or you may get a cancellation.. but I would work on the assumption that there'll be a long wait and get booking asap. 

 

I also recommend booking for out of season - my husband and I were booked to sail in November - I booked that one cause it was the soonest free kennel they had, but a silver lining to that was that it worked out at only £1800 for the two of us, whereas the summer cruises are much more expensive.

Thank you for the info.

my doggo just had surgery and we are waiting histology results 😔 it may be i’ll Have to leave him with my mum at first and send for him later 😭😭

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