One member of our party on a March cruise is pregnant and will be slightly over the published restricted date for boarding. (26 weeks I believe it is). How strict are the lines on this matter as she is considering giving it a try. They all say they require documentation of due date which she wouldn't have, but do they actually force the issue?
Being slightly over the published restriction is like being slightly pregnant - you either are or you are not. The cruise lines don't police this area, they expect the passengers to be honest about it. And I'd say that they would only throw a flag if the person was "obviously" showing. Of a larger concern to me is that the pregnant woman is willing to take a risk for her unborn child by going on the cruise in violation of the rules. What if something happens while at sea? She risks her child by taking a chance on it. She needs to stay home.
I've never heard of anyone being turned away because of this, but then I've never heard of anyone forcing the issue. If you call the cruise line and ask them if they are serious about this, what do you really think they are gonna' say? "Naw, we don't enforce it."
I don't know about pregnancy but I know on other issues of passenger safety or proper documentation they are absolutely by-the-book. I saw a man denied boarding because his passport was a few days expired--heartbreaking!
Just the remote chance of being turned away at the pier would tell me it's not worth it.
The back of the Carnival brochure says women 27 weeks and over will not be permitted to sail. As Dave 56 says why would she want to risk her unboarn child? In addition to that, it is very selfish of her to risk disrupting everyone's vacation should the ship have to make a diversion because of her.
Also, travel insurance may or may not cover pregnancy, either for cancellation or for medical issues arising during travel. She should check the policy coverage carefully before purchasing - but I would agree that if she insists on going, and can be covered, she should have insurance.
Yes, I found that under the Medical Services section of "Things to know before you go". I did not realize how pregnant that was untill I did the math. I agree with Dave, Fanatic, and Karen it should not even be considered.