Cruising While Pregnant: Pregnancy Policies


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All about cruising while pregnant. What you should do to prepare to cruise while pregnant. Different cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, and Disney Cruise Line) pregnancy policies. The best practices for cruise travel while pregnant.

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Cruising While Pregnant: Pregnancy Policies

  1. 1. Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies CAN YOU CRUISE OR NOT WHILE PREGNANT?
  2. 2. Can you Cruise While Pregnant? A question that you may be asked when cruising (especially if you are female) by the cruise line or your travel agent is “Are you pregnant?” If the answer is “Yes” then the question will be followed up by “How many weeks pregnant are you?” Cruise line companies must make sure that pregnant guests are cared for and accommodated in the best possible way possible (as well as any other guests who may have special needs) Are you pregnant? If so, how many weeks pregnant are you?
  3. 3. Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies Each cruise line has its own policies regarding pregnancy to ensure that you are in the best care possible during your pregnancy. While there are usually doctors/nurses onboard your cruise ship they often have limited resources, but do have the tools to treat minor injuries and handle minor illnesses. Most cruise lines will not let you cruise if you are past 24 weeks pregnant or more. It is important that you call the cruise line in order to find out if you can sail or not while pregnant and also what paperwork (if any) that the cruise line will want for you to fill out.
  4. 4. Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies It is a good idea to get clearance from your OB-GYN to go on the cruise. Even if the cruise line only requires that you not be over a certain amount of weeks pregnant, following up with your doctor to make sure that a cruise trip is for you is a good idea. Cruise travel insurance is a great and invaluable asset to have while you are on your cruise trip, it is a few dollars, and can protect you invaluably while on vacation. Learn more about cruise travel insurance.
  5. 5. Popular Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies Royal Caribbean According to Royal Caribbean’s Website; “Royal Caribbean International cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise or cruise tour. A physicians “Fit to Travel” note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) your pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that you are in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.” Read the complete policy here. Carnival Cruise Lines According to the Carnival Cruise Lines website; “Pregnant women are not allow(ed) to cruise unless their estimated gestational age on the day of disembarkation is 24 completed weeks or less. Pregnant women with an estimated gestational age of 24 completed weeks or less, on the day of disembarkation, must submit, prior to departure, a letter from her attending physician certifying that her gestational status is in accordance with this policy, and that the expecting mother is fit to sail.” Read the complete policy here
  6. 6. Popular Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies Disney Cruise Line According to the Disney Cruise Website, “Women who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy as of their embarkation date will be refused passage due to safety concerns. Neither a physician’s medical statement nor a waiver of liability will be accepted. In addition, Disney Cruise Line cannot be held responsible or liable for any complications relating to pregnancy at any stage. Infants under 12 weeks old will not be allowed to travel aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.” Read the complete policy here. Norwegian Cruise Lines According to Norwegian Cruise Lines Website, ” NCL cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise including any and all land arrangement made through NCL. An expectant mother’s application for passage must be accompanied by a medical certificate establishing her due date and fitness to travel.” Read the complete policy here
  7. 7. Popular Cruise Line Pregnancy Policies Princess Cruises According to Princess Cruise Lines Website, “Pregnant women are not allowed to sail if they are entering the 24th week of their pregnancy by the last day of the cruise. All pregnant women are required to produce a physician’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and the pregnancy is not high-risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD) calculated from both Last Menstrual Period (LMP) and ultrasound (if performed).” Read the entire policy here.
  8. 8. Don’t Forget these Things when Cruising While Pregnant Check the Cruise Lines Pregnancy Policy Call the Cruise Line to let them know that you are pregnant and how many weeks you are Get Cruise Travel Insurance and make sure you are covered Follow up with your healthcare provider Call the Cruise Line to let them know that you are pregnant and how many weeks pregnant you are Ask the cruise line about the medical facilities on board
  9. 9. More Information about Cruising While Pregnant For more information on cruising while pregnant including what to do while on the cruise ship and what activities you should try—read our “Ultimate Guide to Cruising while Pregnant”
  10. 10. Cruise Travel Tips and Information Get cruise travel tips and information: • Themed Cruises • Travel Tips • Shore Excursions Information…and more!