You might recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, 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 can’t even begin to explain the amount of fun we had and how truly unbelievable the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some pictures 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 a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the whole trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find 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 the kids played games. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, the painting springs to life – it speaks to the group, 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 cruise ship.
They are continually playing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to enjoy Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a few 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 multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You rotate through 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 reminded me of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good selection. 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 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 big screens. You have no warning! They choreograph them to music and place them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing opportunity,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing trip. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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