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10 Reasons Why a Cruise is Perfect for Pregnant Women

By michellehorton |

I never considered myself the cruise “type”. Being out in the middle of the ocean on a giant ship, no land in sight? Nope, not for me. I was a jet setter! An adventurer! A lover of stationary land!

And then during my pregnancy, my mom went on a Norwegian Cruise Line vaca with my aunts down to the Bahamas. I imagined them pitter-pattering around a deck, an elderly woman playing shuffle-board in the background, a child splashing wildly in an on-board pool. I figured they were counting down the hours until they docked, where they were then herded around from one excursion to the next — always in an incredibly short time constraint that left them more stressed than relaxed.

Jealous? Pssh. I pitied them.

But then they came home with pictures and stories and adventures — all that proved my gross misconceptions. Suddenly, right in the middle of their descriptions of the food, I realized MY GOD I WANT THAT. I WANT A CRUISE RIGHT NOW. I NEED A CRUISE! That was the answer to all of my I-want-to-take-a-babymoon-but-really-don’t-want-to-plan-a-vacation dilemmas. By that point I was too far along in my pregnancy to actually travel, but learn from my mistakes! A cruise is exactly what you need.

Here are 10 reasons why a cruise is perfect for a pregnant woman such as yourself:

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Why a Cruise is the Perfect Babymoon

The Food

My lord the FOOD. Norwegian Cruise Lines has this thing called Freestyle Dining, where you can eat wherever you want, whenever you want — whether you're in the mood for a quick burger, a sit-down dinner, or some room service. Sign me up, PLEASE. If you want to allow yourself a little indulgence, a cruise is the place to be — although Norwegian serves plenty of healthy options with salad bars and light menu options. And if you have a craving, odds are they have it somewhere on this ship.

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11 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why a Cruise is Perfect for Pregnant Women

  1. El says:

    A lot of cruiselines won’t take pregnant women over 18 weeks…so not really so good for pregnant women.

  2. mommyfriend says:

    I never had the chance to go on a really relaxing babymoon and boy, do I wish I had. Since traveling is by far the hardest and least comfortable thing to do while pregnant, a cruise makes a vacation out of the travel! Brilliant.

  3. Selena Mae says:

    I’ve never heard of cruises not taking women over 18 weeks – I’ve actually heard the opposite. Now, all this talk of how awesome cruises are and the services and food seemingly designed just for pregnant women? I tell you. Quit it. My ovaries, they are aching. Also…I want to go on a cruise. NOW. Which Isn’t going to happen in the very near future since we just got back from Mexico.

  4. Jackie says:

    I had to cancel my cruise because i would have been 24 weeks at the time. Apparently cruises do not want to be burdened by unlikely risk of having to provide medical assistance to a woman going into labour with a potentially viable baby. If you are in your early weeks of pregnancy they are apparently ok with you just miscrrying in your cabin. Not that pregnancy friendly if you ask me.

  5. michellehorton says:

    @El: For Norwegian Cruise Lines, 25 weeks is their cut-off. So that’s still over half of your pregnancy that’s green-lighted for a cruise.

  6. designhermomma says:

    If I could be promised no rough waters, I’d be all about cruising while pregnant. Because OMGEEEE the food and the spa services!

  7. Kara Davis says:

    I am planning a cruise in december with Royal Caribbean, you can’t be past 24 weeks pregnant, so you have to plan your pregnancy down to the week if you are taking the cruise. Also if you are pregnant at all you have to have a ‘fit to travel’ notice from your doctor. So as much as cruising sounds like a great idea for pregnant women make sure to check with your doctor before making that payment.

  8. Casi says:

    I didn’t even though they cut you off! Obvi it’s a smart idea but I would have never know. A cruise sounds super relaxing during pregnancy — especially because you aren’t walking a ton! I never really wanted to go on a cruise but your ten reasons got me. I will have to wait until after baby though – I’m 23 weeks. Thanks for sharing! Def. a perfect trip!

  9. whithonea says:

    I’m curious how the sea sickness meets morning sickness equation works? Do they cancel each other out?

  10. dadcamp says:

    We took a babymoon before our first was born. Nice trip to Cuba in the winter, was sweet. We didnt do that when #2 was rolling around, but in hindsight I’m guessing this is the perfect sort of vacay with a mom that wants her feet up and 1 or 2 other kids that want to go wild. Nice idea.

  11. bethanne says:

    Oh, man. I don’t know if I would have liked it between the morning sickness & the exhaustion! Maybe if we went in the second trimester before the cut-off?

    I just remember being so tired when I wasn’t pregnant on the cruise!

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