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Old 04-05-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Stroller question

We will be taking our first ever cruise on the Dream in November with our 4 dc, the youngest ones being a just turned 2yo and a 7mo. We are spending 3 days in WDW before the cruise, so strollers will be necessary for both the little ones. I was planning on bringing my city mini side by side double. But in reading the posts here, it seems elevators are small and side by side strollers aren't recommended. I would bring 2 singles except I only own one- a maclaren triumph. Well, i have another but its a bob jogger and a pain to travel with. Do I bring just the maclaren and rent another single stroller down there? Or will the city mini fit in the elevators? Any suggestions from btdt's would be much appreciated!
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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City Mini would be very tight to navigate around the ship. When we cruised we brought our double for the parks and our single for the ship (our oldest was big enough to not need one on the ship). We actually left our double at WDW because it would have been way too big for the cruise. If I were you I'd think about buying a cheap single stroller to bring along with your other stroller - maybe an umbrella stroller or something as that would likely be cheaper than renting one.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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When our DD was 3, we purchased an umbrella stroller just for the cruise. It was perfect. We could fold it up and put it out of the way in our cabin and we didn't take up to much room anywhere else. Although a crowded elevator was always a challenge. We mostly used it for when we were going off of the ship. The times we used it on the ship it was ok, depending on how full your ship is it could be a challenge with one large, if you can break it up and separate into two strollers it might be better...
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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The ship's strollers only require a deposit. You don't actually pay for them, so I would get one after you board to use when needed. Onboard avoid midship elevators and if you want to go up from deck 3, get on an empty elevator going down. You will be heading in the right direction very soon. Same things works going down.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #5
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What kind of strollers do they have to rent? We'll have an 18 month old when we cruise and we might want to rent one.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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What kind of strollers do they have to rent? We'll have an 18 month old when we cruise and we might want to rent one.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #7
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The strollers for use on the ship are full-sized, Peg Perego GT3.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #8
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I would buy a cheap umbrella stroller for the ship and rent a double at Disney world. That is what we did and it worked out very well.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:01 PM   #9
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Did the single City Mini work well, or was that too big as well? We have a Single City Mini and a Maclaren Triumph (I think... the cheaper one) and are debating. The City Mini reclines, has cup holders and is easier to push, but I am wondering if it is too big. I have a 2.5 year old and a 17 month old at cruise time. I am planning on just bringing one single and possibly renting another from the ship for shopping in port, but my 2 year old walks most of the time, so I might just bring the Ergo for the little one as a back up if the older one needs the stroller at some point.
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IMO a comfy kid in a stroller that reclines is a happy kid for a nap or otherwise in port. Those umbrella strollers aren't comfortable for a sleeping kid, and that happened to us several times with both kids. We dressed them up for dinner, put them in the stroller [still sleeping] and went to the MDR with them. They slept at the end of the table until they woke up and the server brought their meal out. The kids ate and were ready for the show and the rest of the evening.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:28 PM   #11
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I prefer to bring my own stroller, MacLaren, b/c the last thing you need is some cheap umbrella breaking on you. Port travelling can be rough on strollers, you aren't necessarily going to be on well groomed sidewalks; and the reclining ability is priceless after a long, hot day.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:45 PM   #12
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We have an almost 2 year old and are cruising next month. This will be her fourth cruise. I typically use a maclaran like stroller for her. On this upcoming cruise we will probably on use the stroller to board the ship and on castaway cay day. Just wanted to add that because she will really probation not use it a whole lot this cruise.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:10 AM   #13
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I would bring the MacLaren for the 2yo and wear the 7mo. Do you have an ergo or other baby carrier or know someone who can lend you theirs? I would probably do the same for the parks as well.
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A City Mini single would be great, perfect canopies for sun coverage, full recline with flow-through back, folds flat and will fit under the bed.
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I would bring the MacLaren for the 2yo and wear the 7mo. Do you have an ergo or other baby carrier or know someone who can lend you theirs? I would probably do the same for the parks as well.
ITA. Strollers on ships are a PITA, and DCL ships have a lot of people using strollers. I'd bring a single stroller and wear the baby, you can always have the 2yo walk short distances if the baby needs the stroller.
Personally I wore my DS2 when 2 yrs old, so the single stroller/carrier option would have given us the most flexibility.
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