Carnival has a whitewater rafting shore tour in Costa Rica, but the description says "medical waiver must be completed". What is this exactly? I will be 11 weeks pregnant at the time of the cruise and wondered if I would be unable to go on the whitewater rafting shore tour (provided my doctor gives the okay also).
I have forwarded your inquiry to a friend of mine that works, (actually is one of the executives), in the shore tours department so reply to you personally about this. I'm not sure it is a good idea as even though it is in the first trimester the rafting is rather bumpy and God forbid if anything should happen Costa Rica isn't the best place for medical treatment. I will let her adive you in private e-mail.
I would think they would let you go as long as you signed the medical waiver. Most of the time it is more of a liability waiver then anything else. But I agree with Jim, having been white water rafting before I don't really think it is a safe pregnancy activitiy. I know I almost got tossed out of the raft a couple times when I went.
Depends on how healthy you are and what risk level you are. If you are fit and the pregnancy is doing fine AND MOST IMPORTANTLY your Dr. says you have no restrictions then you will probably be okay. It is a personal choice. For this excursion you will have to walk about a mile to the entry area and there are some steep and slippery banks you will have to negotiate. You also carry your own truck tire tube and need to be able to get into and out of it in deep water if necessary as well as very shallow water. There are also some very swift running water in a couple of places.
Here is the official word on medical waivers from one of the tour executives at Carnival;
""The medical waiver is a necessity for any active sport/excursion
participant. Eg also- kayakinhg and even snorkelling too. Sadly, as she is
pregnant she will not be able to take part for insurance reasons. Each
waiver can be different for each excursion but I know that this one will not
allow pregnant women to take part due to the strenous effort needed for this
She is of course talking about the White Water Rafting and because it is such a strenous activity CCL will not take a chance on possible injury to your unborn child. If I can answer any more of your questions, just ask and we will do our best to make sure you get the true information at all times.
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