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May I board a Royal Caribbean ship if I am pregnant?

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. policy regarding pregnancy is derived from the Cruise Lines International Association endorsement of the American College of Emergency Physicians Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities, which can be found at http://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=29980. This includes the guideline that 'pregnant women who have entered the 24th week of pregnancy at any time during the cruise should not be eligible to sail on the ship'.

It is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. policy that any Guest who will have entered her 24th week of pregnancy or greater, at any time during the cruise, will be prohibited from sailing.

The guest and treating doctor should consider before any cruise that there is no Obstetrician/Gynaecologist available on the ship, and that pregnancies, when unstable and poorly controlled, are potentially life-threatening, especially without backup. A guest may be at sea for several days without any immediate hospital and/or specialised back up, and as the proposed itinerary is not within the US, the availability of specialised shore-side facilities can be problematic.

All guests are required to sign a health questionnaire at check-in to ensure that they are aware of our pregnancy policy. If you have already booked a cruise or cruise tour and do not meet this requirement, please contact your Travel Advisor or call us on 1800 754 500 (AU) or 0800 102 123 (NZ) and request a Resolution Agent.

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