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Old 01-30-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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stroller or no stroller

My family is so excited to go on our first disney cruise next week. My question is that should I bring an umbrella stroller for my 4 year old. She is very petite and tiny? I wasn't for sure if there was much room on the ship for it????? Thanks
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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If you think you might need it for the ports I would bring one. A 4 year old should be fine walking around the ship.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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There is definitely plenty of room for it.

DD started cruising at 3 1/2 and is almost 6. She's been on 7 cruises. We've never taken or needed (or wished we'd brought) a stroller.

That being said, we never used them at WDW either. If she's not used to walking, you may need it in ports. PP is right, not needed on ship at all.

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #4
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We used them for the kids onboard when they fell asleep in the afternoon close to dinner. Just changed them and put them in the stroller. They slept while we ate, and when they woke up the servers brought their food out quickly and they were ready to go to the show. Definitely used them in the ports! DD is still petite, and we used a stroller at WDW. Better to have a rested kid and enjoy the entire day than have a cranky one there. She often fell asleep while waiting for Wishes, and one time the parade, so we just put her in the stroller at that point and continued until closing.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #5
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An umbrella stroller should fit under the bed easily on any of the ships, so storage isn't an issue. Whether you use it or not....up to you.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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We have cruised with DS2 since he was 3 yrs old and never felt the need to bring a stroller. He is tiny, 10th percentile for his age for height and weight, and he manages fine. You can bring a stroller, but search the forums and you'll see they are not all that easy to use on a ship with narrow hallways blocked with cleaning carts, lots of stairs and many other people with strollers trying to use the elevators.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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We are going on our first one in May as well!!! DD is 2.5 and I have asked the same question. I've decided I'm bringing some type of umbrella stroller mainly for embarkation and disembarking. If we need it through the cruise I will have tucked away.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:57 PM   #8
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our son is almost 3 and we opted for a baby carrier (up to 40lbs) instead of a stroller. ds loves to push his stroller so it would slow us down more than help. we tried the carrier out at sea world and zoo trips so far and works great. if not needed fits in our backpack and is light weight.
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DD is 3.5 yo and DS is 4.5 months. We've cruised with DD since she was 5 months old and she's been on 9 cruises. I would say definitely bring it for the terminal and for ports. Even if your kid does walk it's great to have it to carry stuff. When we do disembarkation too it's great because there is often a line. It's much easier to keep track of her in a stroller. We don't use it on the ship because she can walk everywhere. This last cruise DS was 12 weeks old and I just couldn't carry him and the diaper bag everywhere all over the ship so we put him in the stroller. It was a little bit of a pain to do elevators and through the stateroom hallways.
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I am not bringing one for my son who will be close to 3. He is almost 2.5 now and only uses the stroller when we walk to the park a mile away. I am pretty confident he can walk around the ship fine. He won't need one on excursions and then it is nap time for us, so no walking around town. I am debating on my then 17 month old if I want to bring one or just borrow one for port days if we do decide to explore after nap- leaning towards bringing one. My kids are not stroller sleepers and would never in a million years fall asleep in a stroller (trust me, I have tried, had some luck with a half hour nap for each of them in Disneyland at 9 and 10 months, that's it).
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An umbrella stroller should fit under the bed easily on any of the ships, so storage isn't an issue. Whether you use it or not....up to you.
We had an umbrella stroller with us last trip (since we did WDW first) and it fits fine under the bed w/plenty of room for the suitcases.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:37 PM   #12
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Since it's an umbrella stroller, I would bring it, especially if you're flying. Those airport concourses are sooo long, and our flights are almost always the last gate in the terminal.

On the other hand, if it was a double-wide that would take up too much space in the elevator or the ship hallways, then no.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:41 PM   #13
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to the OP, please be careful when asking questions like this, someone will complain and say strollers are rude and should never be brought on cruise as they cause someone else to be put out. You will probably get rude looks by everyone on the ship for pushing this monstrosity around and people will talk behind your back for taking up all the elevator space.

Just saying -----rolling my eyes
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:45 PM   #14
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I would go for a carrier as opposed to a stroller. Much more portable and less of a hassle for you to have to navigate the tight spaces onboard or pull in and out of the bed every time you want it. If she's petite an Ergo or something similar in a back carry would be fine.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:55 PM   #15
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Yes, next cruise we are bringing an umbrella stroller. Their little legs get tired and they want to be held. Also, my 7 yr daughter hurt her leg on day 2 so my husband carried her most of the time while I carried the exhausted 4 yr old.
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