You might recall the charming 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 winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t even begin to explain how much fun we had and how seriously magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for several hours. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the whole trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course - more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while our children played with other kids. The island had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – it was all so fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were running all over the ship.
They are always playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to see Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smushed.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. Korbin tried everything, including 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 provide directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney clips. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this incredible experience,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I get emotional 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, planning and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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