My family and I are cruising for the first time and are traveling to the Bahamas next month. Any thoughts on the Zika outbreak in the Bahamas and being pregnant? Obviously the basic preventative repellent is key, but Is there anything else that I can look into? I don't know current numbers/ if mosquitoes are even an issue there, so figured I would check here:)


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The best advice I can give you is to check with your doctor and see what he/she recommends.

You can also check the CDC website to see where the threats are. Bear in mind that a place that is designated low risk today could be high risk by the time you travel. Best of luck with whatever you decide Happy

If your wife is pregnant at the time, she should not get off the ship. My opinion. Others should use a repellent that contains DEET. Young children, use Avon Skin so Soft. No DEET, but safer for them and mosquitos hate the stuff.

As previously noted, check with the Center for Disease Control for current information on Zika and any other health issue for all ports of your cruise. This page includes an interactive feature where you can check any place for specific information on vaccinations, health alerts, etc.


We received notice from the Cruise line that we were going into an area with high chance of Zika. Be sure to check back on all the information you have been sent since booking. It is always better to safe... we rarely travel without insect repellent. As already advised, check with your doctor.

One suggestion about checking with your health care provider: Do your own homework and have the CDC documentation with you for the call/appointment.

Case in point... I traveled to South Africa a couple years ago with my Mum. I went to a specialty travel clinic at a tertiary care center to get the necessary inoculations/ vaccinations/ medication for the trip. I received a number of shots, including yellow fever. On the other hand, Mum went to her primary care who did NOT give her a yellow fever shot. The provider neglected to research or overlooked the notation that anyone traveling through a yellow fever zone was required to get the shot in order to enter South Africa. This rule applied even if a person did not get off the airplane! Subsequently, I had to fax over documentation to her PCP in order for her to administer the proper shot. Had I not persisted in this, my Mum would have either been quarantined or been forced to board a plane returning to the U.S.

Friendly advice - Do your own research and check primary sources (e.g., disease control, country-specific entry requirements).

Don't get me wrong, this forum and the cruise line sites are great for advice and pointing you in the right direction but neither is a primary source for information about entry requirements of each country (or the geographic zone) on any given itinerary. I believe most cruise agreements includes language about passenger responsibility for finding out this information on their own. Not trying to scare you, just impressing the point to do your own research at primary source authorities.

Well said and good advice. I tend to get lazy because I'm married to a physician and he does all the homework on those things.

Check with your doctor. Also, the cruise lines issue advisories when they are going to an area where the zika virus is a concern.

If i were pregnant I would be hesitant to travel to the Bahamas, Caribbean or So. America. On our last cruise, we were told that Zika was present in one port of call. We were told to use Deet and wear long shirts and long pants. No one was affected and it was very hot to be so dressed but I felt that I did all that i could to protect myself. Check with with you OB/GYN to see if he/she has objections to your cruise.


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