You might recall the precious Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Bob Brown Service Experts sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I cannot begin to tell you how much fun we had and how absolutely amazing everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were kind enough to show us their itinerary and some photos from their awesome 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 trip.
We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked 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 were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the entire cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and hung out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly incredible.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an 18 and older beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played games. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are constantly running first-run movies out by the pool so we got to see Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s very easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They offer instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no warning! They put them to music and place them in Disney films. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime trip,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big win, researching and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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