You might recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
D & K Heating Service Experts 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. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I can’t even begin to describe all the fun we had and how absolutely unbelievable the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible 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 trip.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with four different families for several hours. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire cruise!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while our children played games. They had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the ship – it was all so fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are constantly running first-run movies out around the pool so we got to see Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has 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 really easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We saw about two each day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome selection. My son tried everything, including 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 a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and put them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible opportunity,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about the experience as a whole. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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