You may remember the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the winners 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 Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years.
“I can’t even begin to explain all the fun we had and how absolutely magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway 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 incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
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 the day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it may have been the coolest experience of the entire cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility underneath, 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 lounged around on while the kids played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the boat – everything was all so fun and unforgettable! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it comes to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are continually running first-run movies out near 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 zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s very easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smushed.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome medley. My son tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They give you instructions 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 warning! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney clips. 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 talented
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable trip,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big reveal, reading about and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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