Confession: I was 14 and 15 weeks pregnant when I took my Alaska Princess cruise in June. Even though my doctor said it was a totally safe endeavor, I still worried about whether it was a good idea to take a cruise while expecting. Well, I had a fantastic time and I’m now convinced that a cruise is a great vacation for pregnant women — as long as they’re not experiencing morning sickness or they’re too far along, as most cruiselines (including Princess) don’t allow you to sail past 24 weeks because they don’t want you to give birth on the ship.
1. An Excellent Excuse to Indulge in the Spa
Just Like luxury hotels, cruise ships tend to have fantastic spas — and the one at the Coral Princess did not disappoint. The spa treatments aren’t cheap though, and many cruise passengers feel that they don’t want one more added expense. But when you’re pregnant, you deserve some extra pampering! You have the perfect excuse to indulge in a prenatal massage or in any of the other services that are safe for pregnant women, like ultra-luxe manicures and pedicures. And whether you’re pregnant or not, make sure to check in the cruise daily bulletin to see if the spa is having any specials.
2. No Alcohol Bill
When you book a cruise, meals are typically included in the price. But it’s very rare for alcohol to be. In fact, alcohol is one area where the cruiselines make a lot of their profit. Plenty of passengers live it up with bottles of wine at meals, frozen drinks on the deck and beers at the bar. It’s a lot of fun until they see the final bill. Well, when you’re pregnant, you’re not drinking alcohol so that’s one expense that you won’t have! So your cruise experience can be significantly cheaper than it would have been, especially if you have a sympathetic significant other who also stays away from the bar. And one place that you can spend the money you’re saving is at the spa…
3. Relaxing Days at Sea
Cruises are known to be relaxing! Well, I sure found that my Alaska cruise lived up to this reputation. As my regular readers know, I’m the kind of traveler who likes to see as much as possible and pack in as many sights and activities that time will permit. I’ll admit that when I first saw the cruise itinerary, I wasn’t looking forward to the “days at sea” and wished that the ship was stopping a different port every single day. Well, resting and relaxing become far more important to you when you’re pregnant. I really appreciated those days at sea! Also, a real bonus was that when you cruise through Alaska, you experience the most breathtaking scenery right from the ship. In fact, my favorite day of the entire trip turned out to also be the most mellow: the day of scenic cruising through Glacier Bay National Park.
4. Lots of Delicious Food
Weight gain is among people’s biggest worry when taking a cruise. (Although I will say I was pleasantly surprised to plenty of healthy choices on the Princess menu. Also, you order a la carte at the main dining rooms, so while the food may be unlimited, it’s not like you’re sitting at an all-you-can-eat buffet all day, unless you want to be.) While everyone around me was worrying about the numbers on the scale, I didn’t have to feel concerned because I was supposed to be gaining weight! OK, I know that you’re not really supposed to eat for two when you’re pregnant, but you are hungrier and you do get to eat more than ever before. So you might as well do that with the delicious cruise cuisine. And believe me, no one ever went hungry on a cruise.