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  1. how heavy and tall is the 4.5 yo? Is he/she mature enough to stay properly seated in a no back booster? This is how we travel with ours: I know car seats are very expensive in Canada, compared to the States. If you do bring a car seat on the plane, have your kid sit in it, instead of checking it in at the gate. That's the only way to make sure it doesn't get damaged.
  2. hmmm, never heard of the cruise entertainment having mandatory attendance.
  3. way too many transfers... Especially, if you got kids/luggage.
  4. but first you have to get to MIA airport from POM, right?
  5. 2 years is a loooooong time? We got ours in 2017.
  6. I am so glad to hear that actuaries get extensive training through National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. Or do they? https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/Pages/schoolbuses.aspx
  7. I am glad you had a good experience. OP is from Midwest and will have an entire day of traveling to and from the cruise, so going on a 3-4 day cruise with 2 days of travel is probably not the best idea, though... We've always gone on 6+ cruises with our kiddo.
  8. how many cars were on the road 50 years ago? How many families could afford cars 50 years ago? How much do you actually know about car safety and child mortality rates about 50 years ago? Do you know that up until very recently vehicular accidents were #1 cause of death in children? Buses are compartmentalized and are considered safe to ride in without car seats. Car seats are life saving devices, pure and simple. It has nothing to do with lobbying.
  9. too wet, I wouldn't store in the shower. To OP: there is a ton of threads in this subforum about car seats and transporting children from the airport to port...
  10. these are usually wild booze cruises, instead of family friendly cruises. I saw some HAL cruises starting on Wednesdays and MSC cruises starting on Fridays. Some RCL cruises also start on Fridays....
  11. a 5 page discussion right here...
  12. I'd personally go on a Caribbean cruise on a newer NCL ship (Breakaway/Getaway).... Warmer and more kid friendly activities on the newer ships. Food on NCL was rather bad (yes, I know it's subjective, but we are not very picky), and the smoke smell on both NCL Jade and Getaway was very bad and permeated through several decks.
  13. no. We always brought the car seat with us as carry-on luggage through the port - it was attached to a magna cart with bungee cords for convenience. Like this: I highly recommend checking out this board: https://community.babycenter.com/groups/a10635/traveling-with-children and their photo club: https://community.babycenter.com/post/a73236352
  14. I don't drink alcohol at all (for a variety of reasons, mostly because I am always the designated driver and I don't hold my alcohol very well), but when we are cruising, I get a couple of drinks a day. Mostly during the happy hours (buy one, get one for $1). I hear the happy hour is now cancelled :(. So, as social as I am, I wouldn't be getting a package, because it wouldn't be worth the money. We are, however, considering a soft drink package for the kiddo. Or DH. But only because we have $300 OBC.
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