That’s me onboard Royal Princess when I was expecting Josh. There is nothing like a cruise when you are pregnant. You can just sit back, relax and switch off.
Each cruise line has different policies on how many weeks pregnant they will accept women to sail with them. Check the terms and conditions, or mention it to your travel agent prior to booking. Most cruise lines allow women up to 24 weeks pregnant, however others will go as far as 28 weeks. In this guest post, Wayne Thomas shares tips on the best destinations to cruise to on your babymoon.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to relax whilst pregnant, then look no further than a cruise holiday. With every opportunity for Mum to kick back and lots for the rest of the family to do, plus plenty of ports to head into, it’s a vacation that will make everyone happy.
by Wayne Thomas
So, the question is, where to go? Here are the best destinations to cruise to on your babymoon.
Caribbean cruises stop off at some wonderful family-friendly locations. The stunning beaches and relaxation spots of the likes of St Lucia and Antigua compete for your attention with the duty-free shopping mecca that is the Cayman Islands. The islands are all swarming with cultural hotspots too, from the Spanish colonial buildings of Havana to the plantations of Barbados.
What all these destinations are well-equipped to do is minimise the stress of holiday making. If your travelling companions want a bit more excitement, there are plenty of diving opportunities available while you sit back and take it easy on white sands or put your feet up on a deck chair. With a gentler pace of life, a tropical paradise might just be the perfect tonic for you.
Beauty of the Baltics
If you’re a fan of history and culture, then a cruise in the Baltic sea could be right up your street. Admire incredible Russian churches before making your way to bustling cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm for a taste of the cosmopolitan lifestyle. There’s incredible architecture just about everywhere on this journey, not to mention Oslo’s glittering window lights that reflect on the water’s surface.
You’ll get to experience the best cuisine from so many different countries, which is great for all those cravings you’ll no doubt be having. Sample dumplings stuffed with meats and tossed in thick stews and broths, or give pickled vegetables a go and choose from cabbage, beans and beetroot. Do be careful, though, as there are some foods you should avoid when pregnant. These include things like certain soft cheeses, partially cooked eggs, pâté, and raw fish; make sure you research risky foods thoroughly before travelling.
In terms of scenery, you really won’t find better than this. Experience archipelagoes and stretches of beach, which contrast with Soviet landmarks dating back to WWII.
Escape to the Fjords (with a taste of the arctic)
To experience natural wonders like nowhere else, set off on a cruise to the Fjords. The northern lights are simply unmissable. They are nothing short of magical as they paint the night sky different shades of green and pink. You’ll stop off in picturesque towns with cobbled streets and cathedrals after drifting past snow-capped mountains along still, reflective water.
As you head further north, the cooler climate provides the perfect excuse to wrap up warm and cosy up under blankets on the deck of the ship. Alternatively, watch the world pass you by through your cabin window while holed up with a comforting warm drink – the ultimate way to relax!