You may recall the sweet 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 paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest youngsters, 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 cannot begin to tell you the amount of fun we had and how truly incredible everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were nice enough to show us their itinerary and some photos 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 two 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 my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the whole cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and hung out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while the kids played with other kids. The island had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the ship – everything was all so fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it actually springs to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are always showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to enjoy Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s really easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We saw about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great medley. Korbin tried everything, even the 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 instructions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this incredible opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, researching and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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