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Pet cat smuggled aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship was going to be euthanized but crew spent weeks trying to save it

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Maybe the cat wanted a vacation, too

A pet cat named Ovie was discovered aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship called Ovation of the Seas earlier this month and could have been euthanized if not for the diligent crew.

Royal Caribbean Cruises president and CEO Michael Bayley put out a statement on Dec. 22 saying they “believe” a guest smuggled the small feline onto the cruise.

“Meet Ovie ! The cat smuggled onboard Ovation of the Seas by a guest ! We believe that it was in the guest’s sweatshirt and we assume he must have been sedated or something and he wouldn’t beep, since Ovie isn’t metal,” Bayley announced on Facebook.

Bayley added the cat “was not allowed off the ship” when found during a routine inspection by Royal Caribbean International officials amid the ship’s nearly three-week voyage from Hawaii to Sydney, and that it “was supposed to be euthanized !”

Biosecurity agents from New Zealand found Ovie in one of the guest’s cabins but Royal Caribbean International declined to identify the name of the traveler.

Royal Caribbean Cruises said the cat “was not allowed off the ship” when found during a routine inspection. Wikipedia
The cat snuck onboard Ovation of the Seas by a guest that was unidentified, Royal Caribbean Cruises CEO Michael Bayley said.
The cat was smuggled by a guest onboard Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruises CEO Michael Bayley said. Michael Bayley

Inspections are mandatory for cruise lines that enter foreign countries to make sure such contraband like plants, fruits, animals, and other hazards are not exposed.

Biosecurity agents were tasked with investigating how the cat managed to get on the boat, as well as making sure the cat was quarantined and free of any potential diseases, TravelPulse reported.

Unless a pet is an “emotional support animal or service dog,” no pets are allowed on board any Royal Caribbean Cruises, according to the company’s policy.

According to Bayley, Royal Caribbean International safely transported the small feline back to the US after being quarantined and Ovie is now living with a new family in Miami after being adopted by a crew member.

“Our Guest service team stepped up to the plate and after several weeks and much back and forth safely brought Ovie halfway around the world to be adopted by one of the guest service team members in Miami. Ovie is now happily living in Miami,” Bayley said.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has yet to confirm how the cat was able to get past cruise security before eventually making it onto the boat.





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