You may remember the adorable Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca 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 begin to explain the amount of fun we had and how seriously incredible 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 send over 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, check out the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
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 a few other families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they loved it. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the whole cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly picture perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while our children played games. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and unforgettable! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it actually springs to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were running all over the ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two each day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a really great size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great medley. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They offer 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 big screens. You have no warning! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing trip,” Rebecca wrote 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, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, researching and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing a sensational adventure. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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