Second thoughts about stroller
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Go with your gut! The wheels on the Vista are still smaller than a wheelchair, so there should be plenty of room on the ship Sleeping/naps can be a hard adjustment while traveling (but SO important), if your DD sleeps great in your Vista- Take it!!!
I was thinking this exact same thing! Having a baby that will sleep in a stroller will add so much to your vacation.
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There is MUCH more walking on a ship than at home. Bring the stroller...any stroller. You will be happy you did.I totally disagree. I hate travelling with a stroller, even though we used it regularly at home.
If shore excursions are your concern, either bring the regular stroller or a baby carrier. Keep in mind most ports are not as stroller friendly as the US and Canada, so while the stroller can sound like a good idea in theory, in practice it can be a royal pita!
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I'm glad to hear you like the Chicco Liteway! I'm going to buy one this week. We have a bugaboo frog which is awesome, but collapses in two parts, which may be difficult to gate check and store in the room. I hope my 2 yo DD will like it!Our last cruise was in may 2011 and my DD was 6 months at the time. I had the same dilemma. We have the uppa baby vista and I was was concerned about the size. It is a large and heavy stroller. With a lot of research we ended up purchasing the Chico liteway just for the trip. It was a life saver. It was super lite and had a canopy. It also folds down flat making it very easy for babies to go to sleep. I also think that the storage underneather was fairly large compared to most umbrella strollers. It was really great for walks in port.
At that point my daughter still was not sleeping through the night and it was hard to get her to go to sleep, so we got very familiar with the jogging track at night. Lol.
It was a bit pricey compared to most umbrella strollers but it is definitely beefed up and worth it. It has since become our stroller of choice for traveling. It has been checked on numerous flights without any damage.
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Anyway, the primary stroller was a big monster with a lap tray and cup holder... the full 9 yards... and it was cumbersome (folded flat)
On subsequent cruises, we took a MacLaren... something that had a canopy, recline, and folded up umbrella style. It was less cumbersome and REALLY made cruising with 2 then 3 kids much more tenable.
I used to miss the days when we had the convenient stroller with us to hang all our bags off of when wandering around a port of call, but now the kids are a bit older, so it's not missed as much.