You might recall the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
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 youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. This was Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years.
“I can’t begin to explain all the fun we had and how absolutely unbelievable the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
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 a few other families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the whole trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly picture perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was very blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. The island had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – everything was so much fun and unforgettable! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it comes to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are always playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great 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 put markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They provide instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney clips. My daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable trip,” Rebecca wrote after they returned home. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, researching and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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