You might remember the precious 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 provided 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 incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their awesome trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the 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 went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly picture perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played games. They had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – everything was all so fun and extraordinary! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting 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 ship.
They are constantly playing first-run movies out near 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 big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like foosball, basketball, 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 a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! Ours came with 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 made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good variety. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can sketch 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 put 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 experience,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big reveal, planning and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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