4. RIGHT TO REFUSE PASSAGE.
You will not be allowed to board the ship or be entitled to a refund if You do not have proper documentation. Carrier may refuse to embark You if, in Carrier’s sole opinion, You are unfit for any reason or You will enter the third trimester of pregnancy by the end of the Cruise. If Carrier refuses to allow You on board for any of these reasons, any refund of the Cruise Fare will be made based on the timing of such refusal in accordance with Section 6 and Carrier will have no further liability. If You become unfit to travel for any reason during the Cruise and/or disembark early, Carrier shall not be liable for any refund or damages.
Yes, they will require a doctor's letter stating which week you are in of pregnancy. IMHO, I wouldn't chance it. You could be denied boarding and lose all of your money (I don't think cruise insurance would cover this.)
Also, do you really want to take the chance that you'd go into early labor aboard a ship ?
IMO, I'd wait until next year, leave Baby with Grandma, and enjoy your cruise! JMHO!
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Has anyone traveled on Princess past their 28th week (into the 3rd trimester). Does Princess check or require notes from Dr. to verify what week you are in?
Thanks for any advise or input.
Fern nailed it, but I should also point out that all of the major cruise lines have substantially the same policy. If you will enter the last trimester of pregnancy before the end of the cruise, cancel and rebook at an earlier or later date.
If you don't want to leave your infant in somebody's care, be sure to rebook well beyond your due date. Most cruise lines welcome children over six months on cruises to Canada and New England, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Mexican Riviera, Hwasi'i (round trip from North America only), and Alaska, so a booking about seven or eight months after your due date should be safe. Cruises to other destiations usually welcome only children who are over one year old, so don't book anything to those destinations until thirteen to fourteen months beyond your due date.
Plus the doctor's on board are not OBGYN's. A normal birth isn't a problem but a premature isn't something to mess with. I'd wait until after the little one is a few months old and you are ready to leave him/her with grandma and grandpa or some other trusted person and then go on the cruise.
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You might call the cruise company and ask them if they would let a very pregnant lady cruise. What's your thoughts on delivering naturally without pain killers? I doubt you could get an epidural on a cruise ship. Personally, I have had two children and I wouldn't chance having a baby on a cruise ship.