A story which has broken via news outlets in Canada reports that a pregnant woman was denied to board Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida due to not having a doctor’s note.
The woman, Michelle Ligori was set to board the worlds largest class ship with her husband and two sons. According to GlobalNews Ligori was surprisingly asked if she was pregnant by the cruise line representative checking the family in.
Michelle Ligori tells the Canadian based news outlet how the conversation went between her and the Royal Caribbean representative:
“The girl at the counter said ‘any chance you’re pregnant?’ And I was taken off guard and said ‘yes, I found out a few days before we left’ and she said ‘do you have a note?’ She told us you cannot get on without a note,” said Ligori.
The pregnancy was at the very early stages and she found out just days before by doing a pregnancy test. The couple had not yet told their two sons or any other family members. They did manage to get a note from a doctor in Ontario which read there was no reason Ligori could not travel. A ship’s doctor was requested by the couple but the cruise line refused to see Michelle.
In the end the couple managed to get a note from a doctor in Florida but by this time Oasis of the Seas had already departed Fort Lauderdale on its Caribbean cruise. The family had to stay in a Hotel overnight and then board a flight to the Bahamas which according to Global News they had to pay themselves including taxi’s. The total cost was approximately $1,500.
The family finally joined the ship in the Bahamas and Royal Caribbean gave them two $250 credits towards a future cruise. Since February 8th this year when it happened Royal Caribbean has apologized to Ligori and offered to refund two days of cruising along with any expenses incurred.