Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You may recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo: 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 even begin to explain the amount of fun we had and how seriously unbelievable the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Hall family was nice enough to send over their itinerary and some photos from their amazing trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s cruise. 

Monday

We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for several hours. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the whole trip! 

Tuesday

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 actually that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible. 

 

Thursday

We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we took advantage of while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

We get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and extraordinary! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it actually comes to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the boat. 

They are continually showing first-run movies out by 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 takes you up and down and swings you out over the boat! 

The whole group went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more. 

It’s very easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The stateroom was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed. 

Dining

You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. Korbin tried everything, even the 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 draw a figure. They provide instructions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney clips. Our daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished 

“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big reveal, researching and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing a sensational adventure. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!” 

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