You might recall the sweet 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 winners 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. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I can’t begin to explain 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 trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, 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 docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive 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 look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while the kids played with other kids. They had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the boat – everything was so much fun and unforgettable! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick 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 constantly playing first-run movies out by 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!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, 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 a 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! We had an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a perfect 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 ceiling changes colors throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind 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 sketch a figure. They give you directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, 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, learning we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big reveal, researching and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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