You may remember the precious 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 family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this 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 begin to explain the amount of fun we had and how absolutely amazing the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip 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 snapshots from their awesome trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with four different families for several hours. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the entire cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly beautiful.
We were on the ship 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 that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to keep an eye on 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 ship – it was all so fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were going all over the ship.
They are always running 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 large slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s very easy to see characters on the cruise – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two a 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 actual room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smushed.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great selection. My oldest tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can sketch 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 big screens. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable trip,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about the whole experience. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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