You might recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-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 tell you all the fun we had and how absolutely unbelievable the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was kind enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots 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 trip.
We were on the ship for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest 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, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was so blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also include an 18+ beach which we lounged around on while the kids played games. The island had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, the painting springs to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were running all over the boat.
They are constantly showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has 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 cruise – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really great size and all four of us were comfy 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 very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great selection. My son tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They offer a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They choreograph them to music and put them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was elated – 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 from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, reading about and choosing 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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