Is dependent on three things doctors advice, your insurance company’s terms and conditions and restrictions and thirdly the cruise line’s policy. Some want a letter of ‘fit to travel’ at any stage or pregnancy length but all have the same cut off point; 24 weeks. They all seem to suggest that the day you become 24 weeks pregnant, you must leave the ship. If you think we are being extra careful by mentioning both sexes we are just making the blog future-proof as well as non-sexist. In the new film Blade Runner … no, we can’t spoil it. But, I revisited this blog while writing the third in the Cruise Ship Crime Investigators books because Hunter’s wife is pregnant and is forbidden from cruising. (Laundry Wars, book 3 is out early 2020)
Our advice, especially if newly pregnant and allowed to cruise, is to Pack the sea sickness bands as you might want to try them before drugs. Click picture. They can be found in many colours to match outfits. Click here or picture. They are so cheap it is worth leaving them in your suitcase. Though they might help with normal pregnancy sickness… please let us know. Enjoy your cruise.
MARELLA on cruising while pregnant:- You can cruise onboard our ships up to the 24th week of pregnancy. If you’re sailing on Marella Majesty or Spirit you’ll need to have a medical certificate to prove that you’re fit to travel. If you’re more than 24 weeks pregnant at the end of your cruise then you won’t be able to sail on any ship. Please check your insurance policy for any restrictions that apply.
Fred Olsen has published the following advice:- Children less than 6 months old and persons who will be more than 24 weeks pregnant at the end of the Holiday are not permitted to travel. It is recommended that medical advice is sought prior to Booking for children aged between 6 – 12 months.
P&O Advice:- Pregnant guests can travel with us 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 with us. See Carnival below.
Carnival Cruise Line–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. (See Carnival owned ships by clicking black bow below.)
SAGA Cruises and holidays – state that they cannot take anyone who will be 24 weeks or more on holiday or who will be at that stage in their term while away. Their web site is not the easiest to use but this link should take you to the terms and conditions.
VIKING rule F3.2 Individual airline policies differ in respect of air travel when pregnant. In addition, given the nature of our ocean cruises and the facilities available on board, we do not allow passengers to embark the vessel where they are more than six months pregnant. If you or any member of your group is or becomes pregnant prior to the start of your travel arrangements, then you must inform us immediately so that we can advise whether or not travel will be possible and, if so, what arrangements may need to be put in place and/or what medical confirmation of fitness to travel may be required. We cannot be responsible for any losses suffered where we are not informed of any pregnancy well in advance of departure and/or if any airline refuses to accept you or any member of your party as a passenger for reasons of pregnancy. (we suspect you need to ask more than we found on the web)
QUESTION: If I travel and I am more than 24 weeks pregnant am I technically un-insured and liable for all the bills?
ANSWER: Check with your insurance company and lawyer before you travel, but it appears all the companies say no travel.