You might recall the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 even begin to explain the amount of fun we had and how truly unbelievable the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice 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 two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly 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, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect 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 took advantage of while our children played with other kids. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and unforgettable! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose 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 comes alive – it talks 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 chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are continually playing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games 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 ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per 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 actual room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome selection. Korbin tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put 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 very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and position them in Disney films. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned home. “I tear up 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 choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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