You may remember the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Finch Air Conditioning & Heating sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. This was Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years.
“I cannot begin to tell you all the fun we had and how seriously unbelievable the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were nice enough to give us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We were on the ship for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved 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 had a blast. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the whole trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, got to swim, and bummed around on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly picture perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while the kids played games. They had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the boat – it was so much fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, the painting comes to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the boat.
They are constantly playing 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 big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to meet characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great selection. My oldest 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 draw a figure. They give you instructions 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 position them in Disney clips. Our daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing experience,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big announcement, planning and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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