Since the cruise lines are not equipped with major medical facilities onboard, they have established very strict policies with regard to expectant mothers and infants. Each cruise line requires expectant mothers to provide a physician's letter (faxed in advance or hand delivered at the time of check-in) stating that the guest is in good health, fit to travel, and that the pregnancy is not high risk. The letter must also include the expected date of the child's birth.
Typically, a letter is not required for infants to travel. However, each cruise line has a minimum age requirement for guests traveling, which will be verified upon check-in at the pier. This minimum age requirement varies by cruise line and even itinerary. Always tell your Vacations To Go cruise counselor if you are pregnant or planning to cruise with an infant to insure you meet all required guidelines.
Pregnant Women: Permitted to board if pregnant for 23 weeks or less on day of embarkation. A physician's letter must be faxed to the Access Department (800-882-8292) for women in any stage of pregnancy.
Infants: Infants sailing on a cruise must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise/cruisetour. However, for trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific cruises/cruisetours and other selected cruises/cruisetours, the infant (as of the first day of the cruise/cruisetour) must be at least 12 months old. Any cruise that has three or more consecutive days at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/cruisetour.
Pregnant Women: Permitted to board during any phase of pregnancy. There are no restrictions.
Infants: No minimum age requirements.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Pregnant Women: Norwegian will make every effort to accommodate you, providing you will not enter the 24th week of pregnancy at any point during the cruise. Please include your cruise details in an email to the Access Desk (email@example.com) with a medical certificate establishing your due date prior to your cruise.
Infants: Minimum age is 6 months. For sailings with three or more consecutive days at sea, infants must be 12 months old at the time of sailing.
Oceania Cruise Line
Pregnant Women: Permitted to board if pregnant for 24 weeks or less on day of disembarkation. Doctor's note required.*
Infants: Infants must be at least 12 months of age on the day of boarding.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Pregnant Women: Permitted to board if pregnant for 24 weeks or less on day of disembarkation. Guest must provide PGC with written doctor’s permission prior to sailing that states she is fit to travel by sea and air (if PGC booked their air).
Infants: Minimum age is 1 year. Paul Gauguin Cruises reserves the right to limit all children under the age of 3 years.
Regent (Radisson) Cruise Line
Pregnant Women: Women who are 24 weeks along or more, or will reach 24 weeks by the end of the cruise, will be unable to take the cruise. All pregnant women must travel with a written letter of permission from their doctor.
Infants: Infants must be one year of age as of the first day of the cruise. Guests traveling with a young infant that does not meet the infant policy will be denied boarding.
Seabourn Cruise Line
Please see Cunard Cruise Line's guidelines.
Silversea Cruise Line
Pregnant Women: Permitted to board if pregnant for 24 weeks or less on day of embarkation. A medical certificate establishing fitness is required.
Infants: Minimum age is 6-12 months depending on cruise ship. Parents must notify Silversea of any children 6-12 months and sign a waiver. Silversea does not provide for the care or entertainment of children, and reserves the right to limit all children under 3 years old.
Windstar Cruise Line
Pregnant Women: Permitted to board if pregnant for 24 weeks or less on day of disembarkation. A physician's letter must be faxed to Access and Compliance (800-577-1731) for women in any stage of pregnancy.
Infants: Minimum age is 8 years.