You may remember the adorable Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I cannot begin to explain how much fun we had and how seriously unbelievable everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We were on the ship for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the whole trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while the kids played with other kids. They had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – it was so much fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are constantly playing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s very easy to find characters on the cruise – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We met about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smushed.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great variety. Korbin tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They give you directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and place them in Disney clips. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting round, the big reveal, planning and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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