Lesson learned from last cruise - make sure everything is arranged directly yourself! For all the well-meaning cruise staff and agents, they aren't experienced with the red-tape of getting service dogs cleared.
So - here is the additional list:
- Make sure the head office of the cruise line has all copies of paperwork they need, as well as all those sent to the Dept of Agriculture in Hawaii.
- fax the Dept of Agriculture in Hawaii (AQS) their requested paperwork. Even if they say they accept emails, emails get lost. Faxes usually don't.
- If you can, work directly with the Port Agent reponsible for the ship's arrival in Hawaii. For Cunard and Princess, this was Transmarine Navigation Corporation. They can facilitate (1) arranging a vet (2) coordinating with the Department of Agriculture and (3) making sure the authorized veterinarian is allowed into the port area to perform the inspection of the dog.
- That said, arrange for the inspection by an authorized veterinarian yourself.
- If in Honolulu, call and arrange for the inspection directly with the Department of Agriculture (AQS).
- If your first stop is Hilo,
- first contact the Department of Agriculture and make arrangements for a private veterinarian to perform the inspection if an AQS person is not available
- if your first stop is Maui,
- first contact the Department of Agriculture
- then contact the Central Maui Animal Clinic
- Note you may have to take a tender to port for the inspection
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