You might remember the charming Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest youngsters, 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 can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had and how truly magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to show us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We sailed 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 you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course - more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while our children played with other kids. They had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – everything was all so fun and extraordinary! 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 actually comes alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were running all over the boat.
They are continually playing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to find 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 per day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good medley. Korbin 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 draw a figure. They give you 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. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and position them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing opportunity,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting round, the big announcement, planning and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable adventure. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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