You may remember the precious Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and provided 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 the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I cannot begin to explain how much fun we had and how seriously amazing the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were nice enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the whole cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly picture perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also include an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. They had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and drank a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – it was so much fun and unforgettable! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose 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 actually springs to life – it speaks to you, 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 running all over the ship.
They are always showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch 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 across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts 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 saw about two a day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our room was a really great size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smushed.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good variety. My oldest tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They provide a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and place them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the anxious voting stage, the big reveal, reading about and picking which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
Like Service Experts on Facebook to watch for our next great contest!