If you are in your 7th month of your pregnancy and are thinking of going on a cruise as your last hurrah before the baby arrives, you may want to think again.
I was surprised to find out that each cruise line has their own guidelines for expecting moms, with most not accepting pregnant guests who are past 24 weeks gestation.
The official reason is that the lack of neo-natal care facilities onboard the ship would prevent them from being unable to care for a baby born at this gestation.
I have put together a list of popular cruise lines and their pregnancy requirements:
Princess, Carnival, Holland America, Norweigian, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, all say that they will make every effort to accommodate you, providing you have not entered the 24th week of pregnancy when the cruise ends.
Royal Carribean, Celebrity are a bit more lax, but will not accept guests who have entered their third trimester of pregnancy (27th week) at the beginning or at any time during their cruise vacation.If you decide to fly and stay at a resort, most airlines usually let any woman with a normal pregnancy and no previous history of premature labor to travel up to and including her 36th week.