You might recall the cute 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 winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. 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 the amount of fun we had and how seriously wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was kind enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see 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 landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the whole cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, and hung out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility below, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we took advantage of while the kids played games. They had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and amazing! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were running all over the cruise ship.
They are continually 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 over the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s very easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was incredible! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great medley. Korbin 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 draw a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They put them to music and put them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing a sensational adventure. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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