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Before You Go

Most cruise lines have restrictions for pregnant passengers, primarily for those in their third trimester (last three months) and some cruise lines may refuse to book you if you are beyond a certain week of your pregnancy. Some cruise lines require a medical certificate or a letter from your doctor stating your term of pregnancy or due date, pre-existing physical or medical conditions, your fitness to travel, and any medications you require while onboard. Pack these in an easy-to-find place, preferably with all your other tickets and documentation.

It is important to verify the issues in question with the cruise line at the time of booking to ensure you don’t face difficulties when you arrive at the port.

Once Onboard
Make sure you book a cabin with a large enough bed for your needs, since some cabins may only come equipped with bunk beds or single beds. Be sure to request extra pillows and blankets from the cabin steward, and scout out exit routes and other walkways in the area around your cabin. You should also have a look at your bathroom facilities before you really need to use them, in order to spot any potential problems. You may also want to try on your personal flotation device (PFD) found in your cabin to ensure that it will fit you properly. If you find it is too small then ask the cabin steward for another.

Your main discomfort may be with nausea enhanced by the ship’s motion. To minimize problems associated with seasickness, try to book one of the larger ships (more than 1,000 passengers). These tend to be more stable and do better in rough weather. They will also tend to have the best range of health facilities and services. Ships with more than 100 passengers will normally be staffed with both a doctor and nurse, but some may only have a nurse. (Note that ships' medical personnel generally charge a fee for their services.)

Make sure to discuss your cruise and related travel plans with your doctor. Before you travel about various seasickness medications and remedies, and which are best to use during pregnancy.

If you take any kind of medication, be sure to have an ample supply for the duration of your cruise. Keep in mind that while most cruise ships carry a reasonable supply of the most widely used drugs, they may not have the particular items you need. Also, in many cases the cruise line policy may discourage dispensing medications to pregnant women.

To avoid border complications you may wish to have a note from your doctor describing your prescription (Generally this will not be an issue.). Passengers with special or exceptional medical needs should contact the cruise line well ahead of time to learn whether the necessary facilities exist on board.

You may also want to check your health insurance coverage and how it will cover you during and after the cruise. If you are uncertain of your coverage, consider purchasing additional travel medical insurance as well. Most cruise lines offer insurance packages that include medical coverage.

Cruiselines' Policies

Azamara Club Cruises - Pregnant women traveling on Azamara Club Cruises cannot sail if they have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise. During the check-in process they will be required to sign a health questionnaire stating that they are aware of Azamara Club Cruises' pregnancy policy. Guests who have already booked a cruise or cruisetour and do not meet this requirement must contact us as soon as possible so that it can be determined whether or not they will be able to sail.

Azamara Club Cruises requires that all infants must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise and/or CruiseTour. Note: For transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, select South American and other selected cruises and/or CruiseTours, the infant must be at least 12 months old as of the first day of the Cruise/CruiseTour. For the purposes of this policy, any cruise that has 3 or more days consecutive at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour.

Please be aware that guests travelling with a young infant that does not meet the infant policy will be denied boarding. No refunds or other compensation shall be due from the cruise line to anyone as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage infant or other accompanying guests.

Carnival
- For safety reasons, any guest entering her third trimester (24 weeks or more) of pregnancy will not be permitted to sail, as their ship infirmaries are only equipped for minor emergencies. Infants must be at least four months old to be eligible to travel.

Celebrity will not accept guests who have entered their third trimester (24th week) of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during, their cruise vacation.

Costa - Less than 6 months requires a note from doctor. More than 6 months are not permitted to sail.

Crystal is unable to accommodate children under six (6) months of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those under three (3) years of age aboard the ship. Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate women past their sixth (6th) month of pregnancy.

Cunard - As a result, of the medical research on gestation risks and infant mortality outside of specialized neonatal intensive care units, we will no longer be permitting guests who will have entered the 24th week of pregnancy by the last day of the cruise to travel with us.

Cunard's minimum age for infants is as follows:
12 Month minimum age for the following:
Transatlantic cruises (including any voyage with a Transatlantic element), World Voyage (including world voyage segments), Transpacific (including Hawaii), Asia, Orient & Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Hawaii, South America and Iceland.

6 month minimum age for the following:
Alaska, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Japan (roundtrip), Mexico, Panama Canal, and Europe (excluding Transatlantic and Iceland)

Disney Cruise Line - 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 Lline ships.

Holland America - Due to the limited medical facilities on the ships, Holland America will not accept reservations for infants 12 weeks or younger and women who will be more than 24 or more weeks pregnant at the time their cruise with Holland America concludes.

MSC Cruises does not permit pregnant woman to sail if they have reached or exceeded their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise. The medical facilities and equipment on board may not be technically adequate to deal with a birth or pregnancy complications. Regardless of the stage of pregnancy, a doctor should be consulted before sailing on a cruise to evaluate whether the guest is fit to travel.

NCL - Pregnancy must be regarded as a medical condition. An expectant mother's application for passage must be accompanied by a medical certificate establishing her due date and fitness to travel, and acceptance is subject to the following conditions:
- NCL will not be responsible or liable for any complications of pregnancy which arise or occur during the cruise.
- NCL will not accept passengers who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the time their travel with NCL concludes.

Oceania Cruises cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during, the cruise.

Infants must be one year of age as of the first day of the cruise. Guests traveling with a young infant that does not meet the infant policy will be denied boarding. No refunds or other compensation shall be due from Oceania Cruises to anyone as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage infant or any accompanying guests.

Paul Gauguin Cruises does not permit pregnant women to sail if they are more than 24 weeks at the time of sailing. Pregnant guest under 24 weeks must provide written permission from their doctor prior to sailing that states that they are fit to travel by sea and air. This letter must be faxed to Paul Gauguin Cruises at 425-732-7198, ATTN: Special Requests – Medical. The letter must include the guest's name, ship name, sail date and must be dated within 30 days of the cruise departure date. The Master in conjunction with the ship's doctor has the right to deny boarding if in his professional opinion there may not be adequate shore-side medical facilities available in port during the cruise.

Princess Cruises - Princess Cruises does not permit pregnant women 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). Please fax your physician letter to the Fleet Medical Department confidential fax at (661) 753-0121.

Regent Cruises - Regent Seven Seas Cruises cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise.

Infants must be one year of age as of the first day of the cruise. Guests traveling with a young infant that does not meet the infant policy will be denied boarding. No refunds or other compensation shall be due to anyone as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage infant or any accompanying guests.

Royal Caribbean welcomes pregnant guests but will not accept guests who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise or Cruisetour.

Seabourn does not have the specialized facilities and/or treatment required for childbirth, prenatal and early infant care. Those facilities may also not be obtainable ashore in ports that are visited. Accordingly Seabourn cannot accept a booking or carry any guest who have begun their 24th week of pregnancy at any time before or during 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 that the pregnancy is not high-risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD).

Silversea - At the time of booking, expectant mothers are required to supply a medical certificate establishing their fitness for travel at the time they are due to travel. Silversea is unable to accommodate women who have entered their twenty-fourth (24th) week of pregnancy and will not be responsible or liable for any complication relative to any pregnancy during the entire duration of the cruise or thereafter. Additionally, airlines may have restrictions that may differ from Silversea's





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