You may 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 Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t begin to describe how much fun we had and how truly unbelievable the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some pictures from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We sailed for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the whole trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and hung out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly beautiful.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we took advantage of while the kids played games. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting springs to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are constantly running first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s so easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smushed.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good selection. My son tried everything, even the 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 sketch a figure. They provide 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 clips. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime vacation,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big reveal, planning and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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