Pregnancy Policies By Cruise Line

Thinking of taking a cruise while you’re expecting?  It’s a great idea!  Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy this time before your life is changed by a new bundle of joy.  Be aware, however, that the cruise lines do have pregnancy policies in place, and most do not allow passengers who are farther along than 24 weeks.  Please find below a reference list of cruise line pregnancy policies.   Be sure to confirm these with your cruise line at the time of booking, however, they are subject to change.

Adventure Smith Explorations

Any medical condition, advanced pregnancy or disability must be advised to AdventureSmith Explorations when a request for accommodation is made.

AMA Waterways

For the safety of parent and child, and depending on various circumstances, passengers who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 5 months) may be subject to restrictions or exclusion concerning their ability to travel. AMA does request that pregnant passengers inform them immediately, so they may assess circumstances and possible accommodation.

A-ROSA Cruises

For the safety of parent and child, and depending on various circumstances, passengers who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 5 months) may be subject to restrictions or exclusion concerning their ability to travel. AMA does request that pregnant passengers inform them immediately, so they may assess circumstances and possible accommodation.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy.

Azamara Cruises

Azamara Cruises cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of or at any time during the cruise or cruisetour. A physician’s “Fit to Travel” note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) a passenger’s pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that she is in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The “Fit to Travel” note should be faxed to the Access Department at 1-954-628-9622. Please contact Azamara at 1-866-592-7225 or at special_needs@celebrity.com if you have already booked a cruise or cruisetour and do not meet this requirement.

Captain Cook Cruises

Women more than five months pregnant must advise when a request for accommodation is made.

Carnival Cruises

Pregnant women are only allowed to sail if pregnant for 24 completed weeks or less at time of cruise disembarkation. 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).

Celebration Cruise Line

Celebration’s policy is that guests may sail up to the 24th week of pregnancy, and they reserve the right to refuse passage to passengers that have passed this mark.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of or at any time during the cruise or cruisetour. A physician’s “Fit to Travel” note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) a passenger’s pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that she is in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The “Fit to Travel” note should be faxed to the Access Department at 1-954-628-9622. Please contact Celebrity at 1-866-592-7225 or at special_needs@celebrity.com if you have already booked a cruise or cruisetour and do not meet this requirement.

Costa Cruises

Pregnant women are allowed to sail only if pregnant for 24 completed weeks or less on the date of cruise embarkation. All pregnant women must provide to CCL at embarkation a physician’s letter stating the estimated date of delivery and that the mother and baby are in good health and fit to travel and the pregnancy is not at risk.

Cruise West

Cruise West accepts passengers through the third trimester with a doctor’s authorization. Pregnant passengers should expect to forward information detailing the pregnancy to Guest Relations after making a reservation. Certain ships/itineraries may have a doctor onboard, but this is not guaranteed on all excursions.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate women past their 6th month of pregnancy.

Cunard Line

Cunard will not permit guests who will have entered the 24th week of pregnancy by the last day of the voyage to travel on their ships.

All pregnant women are required to produce a doctor’s or midwife’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) calculated from both the last menstrual period (LMP) and ultrasound (if performed).

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.

Ecoventura

Passengers who are 30 or more weeks pregnant must notify the Company in advance and will be required to sign an additional waiver.

Festiva Sailing Vacations

Festiva will accept guests in any stage of pregnancy as long as their doctor approves it.

Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines

Women who will be more than 24 weeks pregnant at the end of the cruise are not permitted to travel.

Grand Circle Cruise Line

Grand Circle can not accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy.

Holland America Line (HAL)

Women cannot have begun their 24th week of pregnancy at any time before or during the cruise. Pregnant guests must provide a physician’s letter stating the expected due date, medical fitness to travel and the pregnancy is not high risk. Please also include your name, booking number, ship and sailing date.

Letters may be faxed to Access & Compliance Department at 1-800-577-1731.

Or mailed to:

Attention: Access & Compliance Department, 2nd floor
300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Hurtigruten

Women more than 28 weeks pregnant, are required to notify at least 14 days before departure and produce a medical certificate confirming fitness to travel. Hurtigruten reserves the right to refuse or cancel a booking if the relevant certificate is not produced.

Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad does not have a policy in effect and is taken on a case-by-case basis. They rely upon the opinion and advice of the woman’s own physician. (It also depends on the destination and trip that is chosen.)  Lindblad does have a consulting doctor and, if a passenger will provide specifics, the information will be sent on to him for his opinion.

Louis Cruises

Travel to the 23rd week of pregnancy, is permitted provided an OBGYN provides written certification of ability to travel. It is recommended that pregnant women who have not yet completed the 12th of their pregnancy by the date of the cruise consult their doctor.

MSC Cruises

Women who will reach the 23rd week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise must, at the time of embarkation, produce a medical certificate from a doctor confirming their fitness to travel on board a cruise ship for the period of the cruise and for the actual itinerary. MSC Cruises cannot accept expectant mothers who will have entered the 27th week or third trimester of pregnancy by the beginning or at any time during their cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)

NCL will not accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the time their travel with NCL concludes. A statement from the expectant mother’s doctor (letter head form required), stating her due date and fitness to travel must be sent to NCL’s Access Desk (accessdesk@ncl.com).

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is unable to accommodate women who are beyond their 24th week of pregnancy.

P & O Cruises

Pregnant women are only allowed to sail if pregnant for 24 weeks or less at the date of cruise disembarkation. All pregnant women are required to produce a doctor or midwife’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 calculated from both last menstrual period and ultrasound (if performed). This documentation must be returned at least 60 days prior to departure.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Each guest represents and warrants that he or she is physically and otherwise fit to travel on the voyage. PGC will not accept reservations for women who will be past the 6th month of pregnancy by the end of their cruise. Any physical condition that may require attention or treatment must be reported to PGC at the time of booking. Pregnant guests under six months must provide PGC with a doctor’s written permission prior to sailing that states she is fit to travel by sea and air. This must be faxed to PGC within 30 days of the cruise departure date.

Ponant

Women who are over six months pregnant are not authorized to sail.

Princess Cruises

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, in their second trimester, 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 calculated from both last menstrual period and ultrasound (if performed) and may be faxed to the Fleet Medical Department confidential fax at (661)753-0121.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Pregnant women should consult with their doctor prior to sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, as they cannot offer pre-natal care on board any of their vessels. Regent Seven Seas Cruises will not accept any guest if she is 24 weeks (six months) or more into the pregnancy at the time of sailing due to the lack of neo-natal care facilities on board.

Those guests under 24 weeks (six months) must provide RSSC with a written doctor’s permission prior to sailing that states she is “fit to travel by sea and air (if RSSC booked air).” This must be forwarded by fax to Reservations, Attn: Special Requests-Medical, Omaha, Nebraska at 1-402-493-2351. On the fax, please reference the guest’s name, ship name and sailing date. This permission 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.

Royal Caribbean International

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 cruisetour. A physician’s “Fit to Travel” note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) a guest’s pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that she is in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.

The “Fit to Travel” note should be faxed to the Access Department at 1-954-628-9622. Please contact RCL at 1-866-592-7225 or at special_needs@rccl.com if you have already booked a cruise or cruisetour and do not meet this requirement.

SeaDream Yacht Club

You must, at the time you book your cruise, inform the Carrier, in writing, of any existing physical or mental illness, disability or pregnancy or any other condition for which you or any other person in your care may require medical attention or special accommodation during the cruise. If any such condition arises after you have booked the cruise, you must report the condition to the Carrier, in writing, as soon as you become aware of it. Pregnant guests who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy prior to the commencement or during the voyage will not be permitted to embark. Failure to report any such condition will release the Carrier, the Yacht’s doctor, and any other personnel affiliated with the Carrier in any way from any liability related to the accommodation or treatment of such condition.

Silversea Cruises

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 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.

Star Clippers

Any medical condition or physical disability that may require special attention or treatment must be advised to Star Clippers Americas at the time of booking. Star Clippers, Ltd. regards third trimester pregnancy as a travel risk and reserves the right to refuse passage to pregnant women. Star Clippers, Ltd. will not be responsible or liable for any complications relative to such pregnancy arising or occurring during the entire cruise vacation.

Steps of Paul Cruises

For their own health and safety, ladies that will be in their 28th week of pregnancy (or more) during any part of the cruise are not allowed on the cruise. Up to the 27th week of pregnancy, ladies may cruise, but are required to present prior to embarkation a statement from their physician that they are fit to travel.

Swan Hellenic Cruises

Swan Hellenic cannot accept a booking or subsequently carry any passenger who will be 28 weeks or more pregnant at the end of the intended cruise.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Guest may not sail if term is six months or more. Under six months, Uniworld does require a fitness to travel letter from the pregnant guest’s physician.

Variety Cruises

The company retains the right to refuse to embark any pregnant woman beyond the sixth month of pregnancy.

Viking River Cruises

Viking River is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy.

Voyages of Discovery

Any Passenger who has any form of mental or physical condition, illness or disability or who is experiencing any illness or disability which could affect his or her fitness for travel must submit to the Company when booking the cruise, or promptly upon the development of such condition(s) a certificate of the Passenger’s physician attesting to the Passenger’s condition and fitness for the travel contemplated.  Pregnancy is regarded as a physical disability for the purposes of ocean and air travel and the Company reserves the right to refuse passage to women who are more than twenty-four weeks pregnant at the time of embarkation.

Voyages to Antiquity

Any physical disability or medical condition that requires special treatment or medical apparatus must be reported to the company’s Reservations Manager in writing along with the first deposit, which is due at time of booking.  Voyages to Antiquity will not accept reservations for women who will be 24 weeks pregnant or more at the time of their travel.

Windstar Cruises

Due to limited medical facilities, Windstar will not accept reservations for children under 8 years of age or women who are 24 or more weeks pregnant at the time their travel concludes.

Yachts of Seabourn

Pregnant woman are only allowed to sail if pregnant for 24 weeks or less at time of the cruise disembarkation. 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 calculated from both last menstrual period (LMP) and ultrasound (if performed).

 

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