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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:53 AM
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I see that the kids program on Carnival ships offers stroller rental. My daughter, 2 years old, is coming with us this saturday on a 7 day caribbean cruise. We are bringing her bulky carseat for the plane/taxi rides but have a special carrier for it that essentially turns it into a stroller for roaming through the airport - it is all we need for getting to and from the ship. It's not practical for shore excursions or on the ship because you can only pull it, not push it, and its bulky.

I would like to avoid bringing an umbrella stroller if possible since it seems we can rent them.

Does anyone have experience with this? I understand that it may not have an awning but we have several hats/glasses and lots of sunscreen for protection. Our personal umbrella stroller doesn't have one either.


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I was waiting to see if anyone would answer your post to see if they had anything different to say than I would. Here's what I would do. I would bring the carseat and the umbrella stroller. For a couple of reasons, I never know what condition strollers and things like that are kept on the ship and if the child who used the stroller before yours was sick with a virus or something, since it is fabric, how well could it be sanitised? I have heard there is a limited number of strollers available and if you are lucky enough to get one, you could have purchased several, with what it costs to rent one. I've seen them for less than $10 at Walmart. They don't take up much room. you can gate check them on the plane. If you intend to use the carseat on the plane then I would carry it through the airport, otherwise I would buy a giant ziplok bag, put the carseat in it, slap a lugage tag on it and check it with your bagage at the airport and do the same thing when you get to the port. If by chance you havethe misfortune for the airline to lose your carseat like they did ours, they usually have extras to loan you in the bagage claim office.
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Hi BW,

Thanks for the reply - you're so right that renting one will cost alot of money so we'll just plan on bringing one with us. She has her own seat on the airplen and keeping her in her carseat will work out best then. I'd be scared of the airline losing our carseat as it cost us $350! But it seems I'm prone to them losing luggage - every time I fly to FL they lose something...

On top of it all we're taking Southwest which has grounded 8% of their fleet this week and we may get delayed or canceled - I'm really glad we're flying in a day early, just in case.

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Hi BW,

Thanks for the reply - you're so right that renting one will cost alot of money so we'll just plan on bringing one with us. She has her own seat on the airplen and keeping her in her carseat will work out best then. I'd be scared of the airline losing our carseat as it cost us $350! But it seems I'm prone to them losing luggage - every time I fly to FL they lose something...

On top of it all we're taking Southwest which has grounded 8% of their fleet this week and we may get delayed or canceled - I'm really glad we're flying in a day early, just in case.

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here's a thought, by a used car seat for just this trip vs losing your expensive one; once you buy it; you can sanitize it (steam clean and lysol)
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Unfortunately used car seats can't be verified for safety and I'd rather have a safe car seat than one that I don't know its history. For instance, a car seat that has been in an accident, no matter how severe (even a minor fender bender), has to be disposed of. Also, carseats have a relatively short life span of 7 years. After 7 years the car seat has to be disposed of also.

Our carseat will be with us at all times anyway so the airline losing it is not a real concern.
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After doing a TON of research when my daughter was born, we bought a Cosco Scenera for $43 at Walmart to use when traveling. It is a GREAT seat, and comes with a plastic bag with a handle and info card for traveling. We have a much more expensive seat for home, but I don't want to take the chance of the airlines losing that one, or of them damaging the expensive seat when they toss it around the baggage compartment. The Scenera has GREAT reviews and is fairly comfortable. It only holds to 40lbs, though.

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Hey friends.I always carry my Disney pushchair everywhere I go with my baby.As it is lightweight pushchair and collapsible it makes very easy to handle and carry wherever I go.
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