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Bringing our dog on holiday

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2022 4:34pm
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karoshi48

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Hi there.  We would like to spend up to 8 weeks at our holiday home in Lanzarote but want to bring our Red Setter with us. I know that Woodside can help with this and we have the option of using Manchester or Gatwick for air travel.  Another option would be to drive over and use the ferry from Cadiz but that raises the problem of bringing a right hand drive car to the island. I would love to speak to anybody who brings out their pet on a regular basis so I can get to know all the ins and outs and the pitfalls to be aware of.  Please PM me with your phone/email so I can make contact.  Barry

Lanzadrums

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:09am

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Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:09am

Hi, I personally do not have a dog but have travelled numerous times from the peninsular to the islands on both ferries. If you decide to travel by car and a right hand drive car would be no drama here, you would have already driven a few thousand Kms to get to southern Spain so by the time you get to the islands it would be a breeze.

Boats! I have done both and without doubt the better is the Armas Naviera, Huelva to Arrecife, it is light years better than the Trasmediterranea boat from Cadiz to Arrecife. In both cases that includes your dogs wellfare and your own comfort. Both boats are expensive, I just did a quick check, two people, one dog, one medium car 4.00mtr cabin and food if you are non resident you are talking roughly €1400 for the ferry alone.

When are you travelling and heading back as this has a bearing on what ferry you can take back.

Alan

karoshi48

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 1:43pm

karoshi48

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Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 1:43pm

Lanzadrums wrote on Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:09am:

Hi, I personally do not have a dog but have travelled numerous times from the peninsular to the islands on both ferries. If you decide to travel by car and a right hand drive car would be no drama here, you would have already driven a few thousand Kms to get to southern Spain so by the time you g...

...et to the islands it would be a breeze.

Boats! I have done both and without doubt the better is the Armas Naviera, Huelva to Arrecife, it is light years better than the Trasmediterranea boat from Cadiz to Arrecife. In both cases that includes your dogs wellfare and your own comfort. Both boats are expensive, I just did a quick check, two people, one dog, one medium car 4.00mtr cabin and food if you are non resident you are talking roughly €1400 for the ferry alone.

When are you travelling and heading back as this has a bearing on what ferry you can take back.

Alan

Hi Alan,  Many thanks for the info.  I looked at the Direct Ferries website and looked at a booking from 6 August to 13 september which came in at around £1,700.  I then checked TripAdvisor and saw a post that warned against taking a dog as it would have to go in a cage on the top deck and therefore open to all the elements.  A couple of other posts reiterated how bad it was and they smuggled their small dogs into their cabins.  Couldn't do that with a Red Setter so I'll have a look at flights.  Pity, because the joirney including the ferry would be an adventure and there aren't many of those left on the world. Thanks again for your time.  Barry

Lanzadrums

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:12pm

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Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:12pm

Hi, firstly never book through Direct Ferries they always load the price, go direct to Transmed or Armas.The calculation I gave was for Trasmed, via their web site hense €1400

Secondly both boats have a seperate area for dogs, they both have what is converted porta cabins, yes they are all together and make one hell of a noise but they are not open to the elements. They do give dog owners plenty of times to walk around the upper deck areas but again by far and away the Armas boat is far better for both you and the dog. I just did a search on Armas the dates you gave €1420 2 people, dog, all food and cabin both ways. That was for an Opel Corsa or similar. Ok its not great but for the amount of time you are here then with flights and car hire which is still very expensive on the island, plus as you say its a great way to see Spain.

karoshi48

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 3:28pm

karoshi48

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Location: Macher

Joined: 29 Aug 2021

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2022 3:28pm

Lanzadrums wrote on Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:12pm:

Hi, firstly never book through Direct Ferries they always load the price, go direct to Transmed or Armas.The calculation I gave was for Trasmed, via their web site hense €1400

Secondly both boats have a seperate area for dogs, they both have what is converted porta cabins, yes they are all together and make one hell of a noise but they are not open to the elements. They do give dog owners plenty of times to walk around the upper deck areas but again by far and away the...

... Armas boat is far better for both you and the dog. I just did a search on Armas the dates you gave €1420 2 people, dog, all food and cabin both ways. That was for an Opel Corsa or similar. Ok its not great but for the amount of time you are here then with flights and car hire which is still very expensive on the island, plus as you say its a great way to see Spain.

Hi Alan.

Thanks for looking into this a bit further for me.  Like I said in the original post its the ins and outs i needed to get into.  I'm grateful for your time and patience.

Regards

Barry

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