Everything You Need To Know About Cruising While Pregnant

Planning a cruise while you're pregnant? Here's what you need to know about cruising while expecting

Cruises are a great choice for a last trip before baby’s arrival. Warm temperatures, a nice sea breeze and a beautiful view are just what you need before life gets chaotic. But most cruise lines have a no-sail policy for expecting moms who are close to the 24-week mark.

In 2014, a woman who was only two-months pregnant, was barred from going on a cruise, an incident that ruined the family vacation. To make sure you don’t hit unexpected road bumps and costs, here is a list of pregnancy sailing policies for some of the most popular cruise lines.

Disney Cruise Line

Passengers entering their 24th week before or during the cruise will not be accommodated for safety concerns. A note from a physician or liability waiver on behalf of a pregnant passenger will not be accepted and the cruise line says they are not responsible for any complications at any stage of the pregnancy.

Royal Caribbean International

The cruise line won’t accept any passengers who have entered their 24th week by the start of the cruise or any time during. All guests must sign a health questionnaire at check-in so they are aware of the pregnancy policy. A physician’s “Fit to Travel” note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along in the pregnancy the guest would be at the start of the cruise, confirmation of good health and that the guest is not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.

Carnival Cruise Line

Passengers who are in their 24th week or less before the start of the cruise are allowed to sail and must provide a physician’s letter stating that both mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and that the pregnancy is not a high-risk one. Passengers most also provide an estimated date of delivery.

Viking River/Ocean Cruises

The cruise line won’t accommodate any passenger past their sixth month and reserve the right to not accept any passengers who are in the later stages of their pregnancy during the start or any time during the cruise.

Princess Cruises

Any passenger entering their 24th week by the end of the cruise will not be accommodated. A physician’s note stating the health of mother and baby, a fit to travel confirmation and statement that the pregnancy is not-high risk is required. An estimated date of delivery is also needed, based on the guest’s last menstrual cycle and ultrasound.

Keep in mind that even while a cruise line may let you aboard, that doesn’t mean you’ll have all the necessities you need. Some smaller cruise ships don’t have medical personnel on board and may not have the proper pre-natal medication if you forget or run out of yours.

Make sure to bring a full supply of everything you need and extras like medication for sea-sickness (ginger lozenges work great) or heartburn (cruises have tons of food for you to try). Sun protection is also a must, so remember your sunscreen, the big floppy hat you just bought for the vacation and double-check your cruise lines dress-code (some require fancier gigs for dinner). 

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