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Cruise line bans emotional support animals

Royal Caribbean has banned emotional support animals onboard its ships with immediate effect, according to TravelMole.

The cruise line said 'comfort pets' are not recognised under the Americans with Disabilities Act and therefore will not be allowed on its cruises.

Passengers with confirmed reservations made before July 30 will still be allowed to travel with their emotional support animals.

It will also continue to allow trained dogs for the blind or deaf onboard.

The rule change came the same day US carrier Southwest Airlines also updated its emotional support animal policy.

The Dallas-based airline will restrict it to dogs and cats only and requires all animals to travel in a pet carrier or on a lead.

American Airlines, Delta, United and JetBlue have all tightened rules for the carriage of emotional support pets in recent months.

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