You might remember the precious Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and covered 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 begin to explain all the fun we had and how seriously wonderful everything 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 thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We were on the ship for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked 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 spotted turtles and stingrays – it was probably the most fun experience of the whole cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and bummed around 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 got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course - 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 the kids played games. The island had staff everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! 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 keep track of all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it comes alive – it talks 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 chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are constantly running first-run movies out around the pool so we got to enjoy Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over 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 see characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We saw about two per day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! We had 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 smothered.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling while you eat and Royal Court was really elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great variety. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They provide a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no warning! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this incredible trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting round, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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