You may remember the adorable Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls 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 earlier this 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 even begin to tell you the amount of fun we had and how truly wonderful the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for the day. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the entire trip!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly picture perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was very blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we lounged around on while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and drank a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and unforgettable! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it comes to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were running all over the boat.
They are continually showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that shoots 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 things like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s very easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait a few 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 several versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome selection. My son tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They give you directions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and position them in Disney films. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big reveal, planning and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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