24 weeks pregnant – cruise denied

24 weeks pregnant – cruise denied

Kylie and her mother, who purchased the cruise, are receiving media coverage and sympathy back home in Brisbane, Australia after the pregnant woman was turned away when they were about to board the Carnival Luminosa cruise ship.

according to Cruise Hive Magazine The woman was 26 weeks pregnant at the time of boarding, two weeks more than the maximum pregnancy limit set by the shipping company.

The maximum limit for pregnant women must have been stated in the travel conditions stipulated in the cruise ticket contract.

The incident is said to have sparked debate about how clear cruise lines are about carry restrictions.

According to travel company Apollo, all shipping companies operate with one Maximum 23 weeks for pregnant women.

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All cruise lines refuse to take women who are more than 24 weeks pregnant on cruises. Image: Dreamtime

Order time is long

Kylie Farrington was looking forward to taking a 3-night cruise vacation on the Carnival ship Luminosa and celebrating her birthday with her family.

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Restrictions on cruise passengers

According to the travel company Apollo Special Page “Worth Knowing About Cruises”The following restrictions apply to cruise passengers:

pregnant

If you are pregnant, you can travel on a cruise until you reach the 23rd week of pregnancy. This rule applies to all shipping companies. A doctor's certificate in English is required, with information about how far along you are in your pregnancy when you start the cruise, that you are in good condition and that the cruise does not involve any risks. The medical certificate must be presented upon boarding the plane.

Age limit

Most shipping companies apply a maximum of 21 years to travel on a cruise or have your own cabin, without being accompanied by a parent/guardian or anyone else over the age of 21.

Infants/children under 2 years

Infants must be 6 months old at the start of the cruise, but there are exceptions with some shipping companies. On some routes, for example with three or more consecutive days at sea, the maximum age is 12 months. Please note that children under 2 years of age are considered children in an extra bed and pay the cruise's regular extra bed rate (if the child is traveling with two people sharing the cabin).

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Children/youth

Children must be diaper-free and potty trained to join the kids club on board. For hygienic reasons, children wearing diapers are also prohibited from being in swimming pools, including children's pools.

Adults traveling with minor children are not their parents/guardians

Adults traveling with minor children who are not their parents/guardians must present the child's passport, a copy of the parents' passport/visa, and a signed confirmation from at least one of the child's parents/guardians. In addition, a letter (confirmed by a notary) must be written by a specialist (doctor, lawyer etc.). The declaration must also contain confirmation that medical treatment can be carried out if a situation arises and the doctor believes that such treatment should be carried out immediately. These rules also apply when a child travels with relatives and friends.

If children are traveling with a parent/guardian who does not have the same surname, valid document confirmation from the parent/guardian not on the flight must be provided. All documents must be in English and presented upon request upon check-in on board. There are separate forms for this and are available upon request.

Health requirements

You must be medically and physically able to travel and must be assured that the trip will not pose any risk or burden to you or others. Travelers with a physical or mental disability must be able to support themselves or travel with a companion who can provide all necessary assistance. Cargo companies have the right to refuse a passenger if they consider that the person is not fit to join for psychological or physical reasons, or because the person concerned requires more care and assistance than the travel companion and/or the courier can provide. . In the event of denied boarding, there is no right to a refund of the flight price.
We highly recommend that everyone taking a cruise has comprehensive travel insurance, some shipping companies require travel insurance and you must bring your certificate of insurance with you.

Wheelchair users

Passengers using a wheelchair must bring their own wheelchair. Certain circumstances (for example when tender boats are used to move between ship and land) may prevent wheelchair users from disembarking at some ports.

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Vaccinations

We refer you to your GP or local vaccination centers for further information.

Source: Apollo

She was pregnant, but had medical clearance from her obstetrician. But it was useless.

Farrington's mother, who paid for the cruise, is denied a refund for the cost of the vacation, as the terms and conditions of the pregnancy are clearly stated in the cruise ticket contract.

The woman initially thought they were “joking” when she was denied boarding, and believes the pregnancy rule should be clear when travelers book a cruise.

She and her mother agree that this policy is “discriminatory” against pregnant women, especially since airlines usually accept passengers until at least the 28th week of pregnancy.

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Another point is that many travelers book departures many months – or even years – in advance. In this case, the pregnancy request at the time of booking may not be fully effective and may be quickly forgotten when the cruise arrives.

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Neither woman explained when the cruise was booked and whether or not Farrington was pregnant at the time of booking.

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If you've got a little one in your tummy, you should be extra careful to read the small print in the decade: Carnival Luminosa has transformed pregnant Kylie Farrington's butt.  Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines

If you've got a little one in your tummy, you should be extra careful to read the small print in the decade: Carnival Luminosa has transformed pregnant Kylie Farrington's butt. Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines

Pregnancy policy

Carnival Cruise Line's carry policy is detailed on their website, and clearly states:

“Any guest who has entered, or will enter at any time during the cruise, into the 24th week of estimated pregnancy agrees not to book the cruise or board the ship.”

The absolute rule is explained as follows:

“Due to restrictions on medical care, both on board the ship and at various ports of call, women who are in or past the 24th week of pregnancy will not, at any time during the voyage, be permitted to board or sail the ship.”

“Therefore, I hereby acknowledge and agree that I will not enter the 24th week of pregnancy until or at any time during my cruise. “I understand and agree that any pregnant woman attempting to board a ship who has entered or will enter the 24th week of the estimated gestational age of the fetus At any time during the cruise you may be prevented from boarding and/or disembarking the ship without compensation or payment.”

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“Any guest who at any time during the cruise enters the 24th week of estimated gestational age agrees not to book a cruise or board the ship.”

All passengers agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of their cruise ticket contract when confirming their travel booking. The contract also states that no refund or compensation will be given to the guest in violation of the load restrictions.

“Carnival reserves the right to detain, deny boarding, or cancel a reservation without refund, compensation or payment any guest who is unfit to travel and/or will be more than 23 weeks pregnant at the time of sailing.”

Travel insurance could have provided compensation for a change in travel plans, depending on the type of insurance purchased and when the cruise was booked. It is not clear whether Farrington or her mother purchased travel insurance.

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Carnival Luminosa - and all other cruise ships - do not take women more than 23 weeks pregnant.  Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Luminosa – and all other cruise ships – do not take women more than 23 weeks pregnant. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

Why can't pregnant women take a cruise?

Carnival Cruise Line states that specialized pregnancy or infant care options are not available on board or at ports of call, so cruising is unsafe for women in the second half of pregnancy.

“Prenatal care and early infant care in particular may require specialized diagnostic facilities and/or treatment that are not available or accessible during the cruise on board the ship and/or shore at ports of call,” the policy states.

According to Cruise Hive, other major cruise lines have very similar guidelines regarding carry-on and travel.

Royal Caribbean International, the world's second-largest cruise line, also refuses to board guests who are more than 23 weeks pregnant.

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