You may 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 family on a Disney Cruise and provided 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. 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 describe all the fun we had and how absolutely amazing the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway 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 snapshots from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We sailed for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly incredible.
We were on the ship 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 that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played games. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – everything was all so fun and extraordinary! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were running all over the boat.
They are continually running 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!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things 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 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two per 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 stateroom was incredible! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smothered.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool 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 meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome selection. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They provide a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and place 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 accomplished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big announcement, researching and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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