You might remember the adorable Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t even begin to describe the amount of fun we had and how truly amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots from their awesome trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly picture perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were going all over the boat.
They are always showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to enjoy Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to experience 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 the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s very easy to see characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We met about two per day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! We had 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 cozy and never felt smothered.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great variety. My oldest tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They offer instructions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no warning! They choreograph them to music and place them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big reveal, planning and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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