You might remember the adorable 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 Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this 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 all the fun we had and how seriously amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was nice enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for several hours. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the most fun experience of the entire trip!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while the kids played with other kids. The island had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – everything was all so fun and amazing! 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 hold the card up to a painting, it actually springs 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 going all over the cruise ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch 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 across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s very easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have an awesome medley. Korbin tried everything, even 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 draw a figure. They provide directions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no warning! They put them to music and place them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime trip,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about it all. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting round, the big win, researching and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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