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 covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, 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 can’t even begin to describe how much fun we had and how truly amazing the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the day. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the most fun experience of the entire cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we lounged around on while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. The island had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the ship – it was so much fun and extraordinary! Disney Cruise Line has 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 put 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 signals 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 see Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s really easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two each day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room 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 during your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and reminded me 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 put markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and place them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable vacation,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting round, the big reveal, reading about and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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