You may recall the sweet Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. This was Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years.
“I can’t begin to tell you all the fun we had and how absolutely wonderful everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was kind enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the ship for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and extraordinary! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were running all over the ship.
They are constantly showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to see Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s really easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We saw about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good medley. Korbin tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They offer directions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and position them in Disney clips. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, reading about and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing a sensational vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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