The Ligori family, from Hamilton, Ontario, was looking forward to a seven day cruise aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.
Michelle Ligori had recently discovered she was pregnant using a home pregnancy test but had not even had it confirmed by her local doctor as it was in the very early stages.
Royal Caribbean discusses pregnancy on its website, saying that it cannot take guests on board who are more than 24 weeks pregnant and a physician’s note is required confirming fitness to travel, how many weeks pregnant and that the pregnancy is not high risk.
However prior to Ligori, her husband and two young sons boarding, she was asked if she was pregnant and when she said yes she was not allowed to board the ship.
Royal Caribbean refused to let the ship’s doctor provide the note, and the Ligori family had to obtain a physician’s letter from Florida and fly at their own expense to join the ship in the Bahamas.
Ligori said she had never been asked the question on seven previous cruises and that Royal Caribbean only offered them $250 credit towards a future cruise.