In my previous blog post, I announced that I was pregnant during my last cruise. My husband and I went on a 15 day Panama Canal Cruise on board Celebrity Millennium. Being able to spend two weeks of my pregnancy on the ship was an amazing experience. I wanted to share my experiences as I’ve been on many cruises before but this was my first while pregnant.
I was at the end of my 1st trimester and I was still suffering from what I referred to as “all day sickness”; therefore, many of my experiences relate to this point of my pregnancy. If we would have went a few weeks later when I was feeling back to my normal self, I think my experience would have been more similar to other cruises (minus alcohol) that I’ve been on. However, my husband and I slightly adapted each day to how I was feeling.
I really enjoyed relaxing and playing games on the veranda on this trip. Normally, I like to be where all the action is happening and enjoy people watching, but on this trip, it was nice to take pleasure in the comforts of the cabin.
As part of the Aqua Class cabin amenities, there is a pillow menu featuring a wide variety of pillows. There was even an option for a long pillow which is perfect for helping pregnant women get comfortable when trying to sleep.
The crew members who knew that I were expecting was extremely accommodating. One of my favorite memories was the time I left our stateroom for the fitness room one morning. The stateroom steward was out in the hall and said, “Don’t push yourself too much and be careful.” He then preceded to hand me a bottle of water. I couldn’t help but smile as the feeling of being cared for was a really nice.
A few days into the sailing, I was slowly getting my appetite back. I ate small meals about every two hours, which was extremely easy to do on a cruise ship compared to being at home. I could take a little bit of an item from the buffet and if I didn’t like it, I was able to get up and try something different. It was easy to avoid the particular tastes and flavors that weren’t appealing to me.
We ate at Blu, Aqua Class guests’ only dining room, every night. I told the Maitre that I wasn’t feeling well and that food wasn’t very appealing to me. The first night at dinner I ordered a baked potato and nothing else. He offered to show me the menu for the next day each night. That way, I could see if there was something I felt like or needed adjustments made with all the eating rules that come with being pregnant.
Throughout the cruise I definitely started feeling better and there were plenty of options throughout the ship so I could always find something I felt like eating.
At every event where they offered free welcome drink, which included embarkation, Galley tour, Captain’s welcome, Captain’s Club events, and other activities, there was never a non-alcoholic beverage offered.
I would have loved a sparkling juice or club soda with a little bit of juice. It would have great to be able to be festive along with the other cruisers but time after time, I had to decline.
As usual, my favorite time to be in the fitness room is when we’re pulling into a port.
I liked starting my days by going to the fitness room or walking around the deck. I brought a heart rate monitor to check my heart rate during physical activity to make sure it didn’t spike over 150, as my Doctor suggested. The views were beautiful as I walked on the treadmill or rode the stationary bike.
What I enjoyed
I really enjoyed the flexibility of being on a cruise. I liked the itinerary as there were a lot of days at sea along with many ports that I had never visited.
It was fun to try new things such as the watercolor painting class we took. The waiters were never pushy with the drinks, which I greatly appreciated.
There were a few excursions that I wanted to do but weren’t advised to do while pregnant. At first, this was a little upsetting for me, but in the end, it was a great way to do something different and explore other options. For the excursions that we had in mind, we would wait until the night before to book them or until morning to figure out our plan around the town to see how I was feeling.
Most of all, I enjoyed spending the time with my husband. The quality time of two weeks away, just the two of us was wonderful in every way and I’m so glad we took the time to do it. With all the excitement from family and friends about our new addition, I loved getting away just the two of us to talk and have fun thinking about the exciting future that was ahead.
Click here to read my Tips for staying healthy when cruising while pregnant.
FreshCruiser Tip: Don't be afraid to ask if there's something you need. The crew is there to make sure you are happy.