You may remember the charming Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. 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 all the fun we had and how absolutely magnificent the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it may have been the best experience of the entire trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had amazing visibility below, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while our children played with other kids. The island had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – everything was all so fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it actually springs to life – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are continually running first-run movies out around the pool so we got to see Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We saw about two each day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good medley. My son tried everything, including 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 offer a tutorial 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. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable vacation,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from the trip. “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 round, the big announcement, researching and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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