You might remember the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-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 begin to tell you all the fun we had and how truly amazing the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the coolest experience of the whole trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while the kids played with other kids. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and had a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and unforgettable! The cruise has 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 to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were chasing clues all over the boat.
They are continually showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to enjoy Jungle Book. We also got to experience 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 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 find characters on the ship – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We saw about two each day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was incredible! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large 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 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 reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good medley. Korbin 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 offer directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and place them in Disney clips. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable vacation,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, planning and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
Like Service Experts on Facebook to watch for our next great contest!