Post # 1
My favorite thing in the world is to travel. I absolutely love visiting new cities, eating local cuisines, learning the history… I even love planning and airports! I was born to travel. Anyway, Darling Husband and I are starting to plan our vacation for next year. I want to stay in the states since we went to Europe this year and Darling Husband is still in school… AND we are currently TTC. Every penny counts.
my original plan was to plan a babymoon next winter/spring. I came across a cruise to New England/Canada and fell in love. We were so excited just looking at the pictures. However… the cruise is only offered in the fall. Which is the perfect time to go. The leaves will be changing. The weather will be cool. (I live in the south. We have hot, super hot, $&$& hot, and a few days of cold). Fall is a foreign concept. The problem? If I conceive soon, we will have a 3-4 month old child.
Would I be crazy to plan this trip? What if it takes us longer? Should I put my life on hold? What would you do?
Post # 2
I think a cruise will be totally fine with a baby! You can always go back to your cabin for nap time. That said, I would wait to book until you are actually pregnant or get travel insurance in case baby is just born/you are too pregnant to travel
Post # 3
We didn’t book our honeymoon (cruise) because I was anticipating getting pregnant. Glad we didn’t.
Post # 4
I always thought cruises would be perfect for babies! You just walk back up to the room when it’s time for a nap etc. Never far away from all your baby stuff and a quiet place. BUT, cruises won’t let you on if you’re more than like 20 wks pregnant. If something happens, they can’t just send you to the local hospital. A helicopter has to come get you. Also, travel insurance usually covers pregnancy COMPLICATIONS, but not pregnancy itself. I was ttc 18 months so I always vote just live your life, but this is probably the one exception because of the strict pregnancy rules.
Post # 5
We just didn’t book anything more than 3-4 months in advance so that in case we did get pregnant, i wouldn’t be more than 3 month pregnant on the trip.
Post # 6
Go for it. Change the insurance after, or wait to book.
We are ttc now and we are planning to go to Thailand (again) in December. If we are sucessful this year I’m going to be between 0-3months pregnant on the trip… But if we don’t go and I stay not pregs for the rest of he year I get no baby no holiday. If I get pregs, all we are going to do is lay on the beach for 5 days, if I don’t get pregs beach cocktails for 5 days. 👍👍👍
Post # 7
Thunderstorm is correct, cruise lines won’t allow you to board if you’re past a certain point in your pregnancy. I wouldn’t book anything that far in advance because you just don’t know.. you might have a 3 month old, or you may be 8 months pregnant, or still trying!
Post # 8
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Check the rules of the cruise line. I know someone who couldn’t take her kids on a trip because the cruise Line didn’t allow passengers under 6 months old (Or was it 1 year)?
If you do book in advance, listen to PP and make sure it’s refundable.
Post # 9
Definitely don’t book. You are making at leave a 50% bet you won’t be able to make it if you are too pregnant or the baby is too new (the cruise line won’t let you travel in those cases).
Post # 10
I just read that children have to be at least 6 months old for this cruise. I didn’t even think there could be an age requirement. Well I’m super bummed… oh well back to the drawing board. I will definitely get travel insurance regardless. Thank you ladies for your advice!
Hirondelle : I agree! I think cruises would be perfect for traveling with a baby. No car seats, near the room, relaxing
Post # 11
beignetwife : I think the reason cruises don’t let infants <6 months is the same reason they don’t let other medically vulnerable people travel on cruise ships. If something happens at sea, what would be a minor medical event on land can become a catastrophic medical event at sea. Babies under 6 months don’t have adequate immunity for cruises.
Post # 12
I really wouldn’t worry, don’t put you life on hold just go for it and IF you fall pregant deal with it then. God has a way of suprising us !!
Also to add that young babies are supper portable, they sleep and stay where you put them all they need is feeding, love and cleaning. Once you have a todler that is another story.
Post # 13
We are currently TTC and just booked a Christmas vacation to Cuba. While the thought of going while possibly pregnant makes me a bit nervous, I am trying to be realistic about it since it could take us much longer to conceive. I don’t want to spoil a holiday with my Darling Husband because of what ifs.
Post # 14
beignetwife : I’m a proponant of living your life. You never know how long it’ll take TTC before you get pregnant, and you can’t put your plans totally on hold. We have to somewhat straticially plan TTC around work schedules and that’s hard enough. At first the thought of planning vacations around TTC was stressful enough – but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last 6 months around TTC is that you never know when it’s going to happen.