Pregnant... Do we have a problem?

Hi there, all new to this forum and signed up for one particular reason.

We just discovered that if 24 weeks pregnant, you are not allowed to board. But how should I calculate?

With 38 weeks (fertilization age) it will be 22 weeks and a few days for us. It is just a 1 week trip so we will leave the ship before week 24 starts. Nothing to worry about...

But more common is to count with 40 weeks. That means we will have to cancel our 1 week cruise right? Please tell me there is a way to fix this! We don't want to tell the entire family we can't join the trip.

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Check directly with the cruise line. They have rules regarding pregnancy and depending on how far along and each line may be different. I would strongly recommend calling the cruise line

Agree, best to be properly informed.

Please get your Doctors paperwork in order and speak directly to the cruise line and confirm. My daughter in law was able to cruise at close to the cutoff date due to doing the homework being done.

I did talk to our midwife and she told us that the exact week number is 24 (and 6 days) on the day we embark on a 40 week pregnacy. This is how it is defined for humans in general, at least in Europe.

I also checked the exact conditions of the german cruiselines TUI and they state: Aus Sicherheitsgründen dürfen werden Mütter, die sich bei Reiseantritt in der 24. Schwangerschaftswoche oder darüber hinaus befinden, nicht an einer Reise teilnehmen, da die medizinische Versorgung bei Komplikationen an Bord nicht sichergestellt werden kann.

In English it says she is not allowed to board if the is in her 24th week at the start of the trip. So then it is a nogo. The strange thing about all this is that their conditions actually states that if our trip would start one week earlier, but would also be one week longer we were allowed to make the cruise... Anyway, I will call the travel agency to see what is possible or not.

I think it would be best to talk directly to the cruise line and get the answer in writing. The 24 week pregnancy rule is a hard rule with no exceptions, and possibly no refunds.

Not meaning to scare you off, just trying to make sure you don't lose any money.

If in doubt, it may be best to wait.

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