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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.

AMA Waterways
In general, AMA Waterways has no prohibitions, other than a passenger should check with airline regulations. AMA advises passengers to check with their insurance companies, as pregnancy-related care is often not covered while traveling abroad.

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 cruise tour. 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 cruise tour and do not meet this requirement.

Carnival Cruises
Carnival's guests will only be permitted to sail if pregnant 24 weeks or less at time of the cruise debarkation.

Celebration Cruise Line
Celebration's policy is that guests may sail up to the 24th week of pregnancy.

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 cruise tour. 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 cruise tour 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 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
Cunard's policy prohibits guests from boarding that will enter the 24th week of pregnancy by the last day of the voyage.

Disney Cruises
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.

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

Fred Olsen
Fred Olsen policy is that guests who will be more than 28 weeks pregnant at the end of the cruise holiday are not permitted to travel.

Holland America (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


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 the doctor for opinion.

MSC Italian
MSC and/or the Carriers do not have on board any of the cruise vessels adequate medical facilities or equipment for childbirth; therefore MSC cannot accept a Booking and the Carrier cannot carry any Passenger who will be 24 weeks pregnant or more by the end of the Cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
NCL will not accept pregnant passengers who have entered the 24th week of pregnancy when the cruise ends. Please include your cruise details in an email to the Access Desk with a medical certificate establishing your due date prior to your cruise.

Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month 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).

Paul Gauguin
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.

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).

Regent Seven Seas
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/her professional opinion there may not be adequate shore-side medical facilities available in port during the cruise.

Royal Caribbean (RCL)
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 cruise tour. 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 cruise tour and do not meet this requirement.

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 and ultrasound (if performed).

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
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
Star Clippers reserves the right to refuse or revoke passage to anyone who, in its judgment, is unfit to travel due to a physical or mental condition or who may require care beyond that which can be provided by Star Clippers. Star Clippers regards third trimester pregnancy as a travel risk and reserves the right to refuse passage to pregnant women. Star Clippers 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 (whether or not a fly cruise.)

Uniworld
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
Viking River Cruises has no policy in regards to pregnancy. No pregnant woman would be prevented from boarding if they were able to make it to the ship. Viking River does caution that there are no doctors aboard most of their ships.

Voyages of Discovery
Voyages of Discovery will not accept reservations for women who will be 24 weeks pregnant or more at the time of their travel.

Voyages to Antiquity
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.

Windstar Cruises
Due to limited medical facilities, Windstar will not accept reservations for women who are 24 or more weeks pregnant at the time their travel with Windstar concludes.


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