You might remember the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter 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 youngsters, 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 describe the amount of fun we had and how truly wonderful the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip 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 photos from their awesome 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 sailed for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the whole cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was so blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and amazing! 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 hold the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are constantly playing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to watch Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the cruise – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour 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, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smushed.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great selection. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us 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 instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and place them in Disney clips. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this amazing opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, planning and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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