In another episode of 60-Second Cruise Tips, Gary Bembridge,
author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook", "Essential Cruise Tips" and "River Cruising Essential Tips and Tricks"
shares another cruise tip. This time it is:
Cruising while Pregnant
Heading off on a cruise when you are pregnant may sound like an
appealing idea. A chance to relax and be pampered before your new
baby changes your life, and makes lots of demands on your time and
energy for years to come.
However, almost all cruise lines have limitations about carrying
pregnant women. A review of the policies I did shows that you will
need to be less than 24 weeks pregnant by time the cruise ends
before you will be accepted. As requirements can change, you should
always check with your agent or the line before booking.
Many cruise lines will ask for a medical certificate from your
doctor confirming that both mother and baby are in good health,
that it is not a high-risk pregnancy and confirm the expected date
of delivery which has been calculated from the Last Menstrual
Period and ultrasound.
They all seem to retain the right for the Captain to refuse to
embark and carry any pregnant woman if they decide that it is not
going to be safe to do so.
So if you are pregnant and want to take that cruise carefully
review your options. I recommend using a cruise agent who will be
able to do the checking and advise you. Of course, also think about
which itinerary you select and avoid those with many sea days that
take you far from medical facilities, and perhaps even consider a
river cruise where you will always be close to land and expert
medical assistance in the unlikely case you need it
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