We have an Alaskan cruise family reunion in the works for this summer. Seth and I were talking about what we’d have to bring- a pack-n-play, a baby carrier, diapers, diaper bag, maybe a stroller…
And then we looked at each other alarmingly and said to one another, “Oh no, do we have to bring a car seat?!” Imagine: we fly into Seattle, stay in a hotel, and then get on the ship. Do we seriously need a car seat for the ride to the hotel? What about day trips/excursions during the cruise? Do we need a car seat for those too? Traveling across country with all of this junk–I mean necessary baby junk, but still, more stuff–sounds like a big hassle.
If Seth and I were traveling alone, we would just make sure the place we were staying was right near public transit and only take trains and buses. That seems impossible, though, with a large group on a cruise ship taking excursions through rural areas. Also, another thought–on port days, I’m sure we’d have to take a car ride or two to get to wherever we go in Alaska.
So I’m feeling confused and I don’t understand how this works. Baby travelers, please, help us out! Can we rent a car seat somewhere? Any other thoughts or advice?