Pregnant woman kicked off Disney cruise by armed guards


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (WPLG/CNN) – Even though her doctor approved the trip, a pregnant woman says she was refused a spot on a Disney cruise, and when her family became frustrated, armed guards arrived to escort them away.

A family of 10, including a baby boy on the way, took a plane from St. Louis to Miami for their Disney Magic cruise. They were so excited they even had T-shirts made saying, “Keep calm and enjoy your Disney vacation.” 

But after the family boarded, staff barred mother of two Emily Jackson, who was 25 weeks pregnant at the time of the cruise, from traveling because of safety concerns.

Like other major cruise lines, Disney Cruise Line does not permit women who have been pregnant for more than 24 weeks to board.

Jackson says she wasn’t aware of the policy and had her doctor’s approval to travel, but the family accepted the decision. Their luggage, however, was already on board the ship, and while attempting to resolve the issue, Jackson says her father raised his voice.

A few minutes later, armed guards arrived, she says.

“I was crying,” Jackson said. “I felt so bad because I felt like it was my fault that everybody couldn’t go.”

The family, hoping to record a vacation for their YouTube vlog recorded the debacle, as they got kicked out.

“They had the guy with a gun following us. They had a K-9 unit. So, we then had to take both babies outside, wait almost two hours for our luggage outside in the heat. Both babies are red-faced, and it was terrible,” Jackson said.

Jackson says the armed guard scared her two children, who were already shaken up after their cruise was canceled. She also says the guard smirked and laughed at her family’s misfortune.

The family says they are getting a refund for the cruise, but their other vacation costs won’t be covered. They wanted to warn other families about the incident, particularly new moms.

10 thoughts on “Pregnant woman kicked off Disney cruise by armed guards

  1. with as many people get ill on those nasty cruse line ships , I would think a pregnant woman wouldnt want to be any where near these floating cesspools

    thats my gut feeling

    now as far as being a bully to their passengers , and paid for clients thats a major Fuk up IMO
    and isnt going to do much for their popularity
    you wouldn’t catch me dead on one of these

    1. Yep, about those cruise ships–my own uncle DIED from a strain of MRSA that he picked up on a Carib cruise…he was put in sick bay and they thought they got rid of it, but they didn’t, and he died a few months later, never really having recovered. Don’t remember the cruise line, but I don’t think it was Disney. My uncle was in his 70s.

  2. Sounds like a bad running case of…

    Disney Diarrhea…


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    That’s why we don’t drop you in a foreign port and leave you at a medical facility puking and crapping your pants in a language you don’t understand.

    So when it’s time for family fun.

    Like getting raided by a swat team…or
    Crapping and puking at the same time.

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  3. Disney is so against everything I believe in that I can’t bring myself to spend penny one on that crap.They are anti gun, pro liberal/gay have one of the biggest most complicated surveillance systems in operation, have been replacing American workers with foreigners. And there’s so much more why would anyone spend money on that cruise line. It would be nice if the ship sunk with all hands on board and no survivors, it would help with the “Darwin” problem.

  4. “…..They had the guy with a gun following us. They had a K-9 unit. So, we then had to take both babies outside, wait almost two hours for our luggage outside in the heat……”

    Let’s remember how Disney treats anyone they’re not grabbing money from.

    “She’s too pregnant to spend her life savings on our shitty cruise? Send in the mercenaries. Release the hounds. Get her and her kids out of here.”

  5. it’s a wonder they didn’t take the kids away from the the parents an put the kids on the ” pizza party cruise”..

  6. It’s Ft. Lauderdale…there’s a good chance the security guys don’t speak English.
    Born and raised there…got the hell out!

  7. U.S. representative’s wife arrested at Disney Springs for disorderly intoxication

    The wife of U.S. Rep. Darren Soto was arrested Sunday night on charges of disorderly intoxication in Florida, Orange County deputies said.

    Deputies said Amanda Soto, 33, her mother and her husband were visiting Disney Springs when an argument ensued between her and her mother, who also was allegedly intoxicated.

    Disney Springs:

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