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 absolutely incredible everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their incredible trip. If you want to 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 had reservations for 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 may have been the most fun experience of the entire cruise!
We went 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 incredible.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive 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 adults-only beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. They had people everywhere to keep an eye on 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 boat – 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, it 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 boat.
They are always playing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to see Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that takes you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, 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 stateroom was awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
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 while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a good selection. Korbin tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They provide 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 the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and place them in Disney movies. My daughter 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 amazing vacation,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big reveal, reading about and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable adventure. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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