Family Cruise Travel Planner, 2019 Edition

2019 Family Cruise Travel Planner

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Chapter II- Thinking of Taking a Cruise While You’re Expecting? It’s a Great idea!

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 twenty-four weeks. Below you will find a reference guide to cruise line pregnancy policies. (Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

Contemporary Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Carnival Cruise Line Pregnant women are only allowed to sail if pregnant for less than twenty-four completed weeks 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 and fit to travel, and that the pregnancy is not high-risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD).
  • Costa Cruises Bookings will not be accepted from passengers who have entered the twenty-fourth week of pregnancy at any time during the cruise. All pregnant women must produce a medical certificate attesting to their good health and their child’s.
  • Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines Women who will be more than twenty-four weeks pregnant at the end of the cruise are not permitted to travel.
  • Celestyal Cruises For their own health and safety, ladies may travel up to their 24th week of pregnancy, provided that they are holders of a written certification for travelling ability issued by their gynecologist. It is recommended that pregnant women who have not yet completed the 12th week of their pregnancy by the date of the cruise to consult their gynecologist.
  • P & O Cruises Pregnant guests can travel up to the 24th week of pregnancy. If you enter week 24 of pregnancy at any point during the cruise, unfortunately you won’t be able to continue travelling. Please use the questionnaire to advise the cruise line that you are expecting a baby. You’ll be required to send confirmation of your expected due date (EDD), certified by your doctor or midwife, confirming you are fit to travel. This must include the EDD calculated from both Last Menstrual Period (LMP) and an ultrasound, if you’ve had one already. Please send your letter to medical@carnivalukgroup.com

Upscale Contemporary Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • MSC Cruises Pregnant women are highly recommended to seek medical advice prior to travel at any stage of their pregnancy. The Carrier cannot for safety reasons carry pregnant Passengers of 24 weeks or more by the end of the cruise. The Carrier reserves the right to request a medical certificate at any stage of pregnancy and to refuse passage if the Carrier and/or the Master are not satisfied that the Passenger will be safe during the passage.
  • Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line 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 arrangements made through Norwegian Cruise Line. An expectant mother’s application for passage must be accompanied by a medical certificate establishing her due date and fitness to travel.
  • Royal Caribbean International It is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. policy that any Guest who will have entered her 24th week of pregnancy or greater, at any time during the cruise, will be prohibited from sailing. The Guest and treating physician should consider before any cruise that there is no Obstetrician/Gynecologist available on the ship, and that pregnancies, when unstable and poorly controlled, are potentially life-threatening, especially without back up. A Guest may be at sea for several days without any immediate hospital and/or specialist back up, and that since the proposed itinerary is not within the U.S., and the availability of specialized shore side facilities can be problematic. All guests are required to sign a health questionnaire at check-in to ensure they are aware of our pregnancy policy.
  • Viking Ocean Cruises – Viking Ocean Cruises is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy.

Premium Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • 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 a cruise or Cruisetour. All guests are required to sign a health questionnaire upon check-in to ensure they are aware of our pregnancy policy.
  • Disney Cruise Line Women who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy as of their embarkation date or who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy during the cruise will be refused passage due to safety concerns. Neither a doctor’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.
  • Holland America LineWomen cannot have begun their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy at any time before or during the cruise. Pregnant guests must provide a physician’s letter stating their expected due date and medical fitness to travel, and asserting that the pregnancy is not high-risk. You must also include your name, booking number, ship, and sailing date. Letters may be faxed to the Access & Compliance Department at 1-800-577-1731. Or email them to halw_access@hollandamerica.com.
  • Princess Cruises Pregnant women are not allowed to sail if they are entering the twenty-fourth 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 and fit to travel, and asserting 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), and may be faxed to the Fleet Medical Department’s confidential fax line at 1-661-753-0121.

Ultra–Premium Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Azamara Cruises Azamara Club Cruises cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise. All guests are required to sign a health questionnaire at check-in to ensure they are aware of our pregnancy policy.
  • Cunard Line Cunard will not permit guests who will have entered their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy by the last day of the voyage. All pregnant women are required to produce a doctor’s or midwife’s letter stating that mother and child are in good health and 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).
  • Oceania Cruises Oceania Cruises cannot accept Guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy at the beginning of, or at any time during, the cruise.
  • Windstar Cruises Due to limited medical facilities, Windstar will not accept reservations for women who will have entered their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy at any time during the cruise.

Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate women who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy before or during the cruise.
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Expectant mothers who are or will be less than 24 weeks pregnant at the time of embarkation must produce a certificate from an appropriate medical specialist (gynecologist) confirming that they are fit to travel in the territory covered by the cruise itinerary. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is unable to carry expectant mothers in the 24th week of pregnancy at the time of embarkation or who will enter the 24th week of pregnancy during the cruise.
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises Paul Gauguin Cruises will not accept any guest six months (24 weeks) or more into pregnancy at the time of sailing due to the lack of neo-natal care facilities on board.
  • Ponant As the ships do not have any facilities to enable women to give birth on board, women who are over six months pregnant shall not be allowed to embark on the ships. In any event, pregnant women travelling on board the ship are advised to consult a doctor prior to embarkation, in order to ensure that their state of health is compatible with the planned cruise.
  • Regent Seven Seas 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.
  • SeabournSeabourn cannot accept a booking or carry any guest who will be 24 completed weeks or more pregnant on the last day of the intended 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.
  • SeaDream Yacht Club Pregnant Guests who have entered their 24th week of pregnancy prior to the commencement or during the voyage will not be permitted to embark.
  • 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 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 their Silversea cruise / holiday or thereafter.

Small Ship Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Hebridean Island Cruises – Pregnant women are required to supply a medical certificate attesting to her fitness for travel. Carrier reserves the right to refuse passage to women who are more than twenty-four (24) weeks pregnant at the time of embarkation.
  • Variety Cruises Variety Cruises retains the right to refuse to embark any pregnant woman beyond the sixth month of pregnancy.
  • 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 twenty-four weeks pregnant or more at the time of their travel.

River Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • 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 six months) may be subject to restrictions or exclusion concerning their ability to travel on and/or board a ship. Inform A-ROSA immediately if this applies to you, so they can assess your personal circumstances and possible accommodation.
  • AmaWaterways 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 and/or board a ship. Please inform us immediately, so we can assess your personal circumstances and possible accommodation.
  • Avalon Waterways Avalon does not have specialized facilities and/or treatments required for childbirth, prenatal, or early infant care on board its cruise ships, nor may those facilities be available at ports of call or on land stays. Avalon strongly urges pregnant passengers to consider the risks of traveling where necessary medical care for pregnancy may not be available and may not be reachable in a timely manner to address potential medical complications, problems, and emergencies that can occur during pregnancy. Pregnant passengers past their sixth month of pregnancy cannot be accommodated.
  • Croisi Europe – Any pregnant women must make this fact known to the travel agency at the time of booking.
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruises CollectionPregnant women may not sail if they are six months or more into their term. Under six months, Uniworld does require a “Fitness to Travel” letter from the pregnant guest’s physician.
  • Viking River Cruises Viking River Cruises is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy. They reserve the right not to accept passengers who are in an advanced stage of pregnancy either upon commencement of or at any time during the river or ocean cruise.

Luxury River Barge Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Abercrombie & Kent Women over six months into their pregnancy are not permitted to sail.

Expedition Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Adventure Smith Explorations AdventureSmith Explorations must be notified of any medical condition, advanced pregnancy, or disability at the time of booking.
  • Ecoventura Passengers who are thirty or more weeks pregnant must notify Ecoventura in advance and will be required to sign an additional waiver.
  • Hurtigruten Pregnant women are highly recommended to seek medical advice prior to travel at any stage of their pregnancy. Women who are up to 23 weeks pregnant at the end of the cruise are required to produce a medical certificate of fitness to travel. The Carrier cannot for safety reasons carry pregnant passengers of 24 weeks or more by the end of the cruise.
  • Lindblad Expeditions – Lindblad does not have a policy in effect and i takes pregnant passengers 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 this doctor for his or her opinion.
  • Un-Cruise Adventures Women in their third trimester (more than twenty-four weeks, but less than thirty weeks) must submit a letter from their physician granting permission to travel by boat (and by air, if applicable).

Sailing Vessels/Yacht Cruise Lines
(Please be sure to confirm these with your agent/cruise line before booking, as they are subject to change.)

  • Festiva Sailing Vacations Festiva will accept guests in any stage of pregnancy as long as their doctor approves it.
  • Star Clippers 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.

 

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