British singer Robbie Williams is spending $5,600 (£3,500) sailing his dogs back to the U.K. on a luxury liner as he fears they could perish in the hold of a plane.

The Take That star has been based in Los Angeles since the mid-2000s but is planning to relocate to his native U.K. since he and wife Ayda became parents to daughter Theodora Rose in September (12).

He is keen for the couple's eight pet pooches to join them when they return - but he has vowed to transport them in kennels aboard the Queen Mary 2 for $700 (£437) each as he is worried they could be at risk travelling by air.

Williams tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "All eight are coming over on the Queen Mary because I am scared they will freeze in the hold of a plane."