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 Home Services by Enercare 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 how much fun we had and how seriously wonderful the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were nice enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their amazing trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We sailed 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 may have been 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 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 Exclusive Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility below, so of course - more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we lounged around on while the kids played games. They had staff everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It’s like 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 pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were running 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 experience the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above 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 and more.
It’s very easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as 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 squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool 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 selection. Korbin tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they collect 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 position them in Disney films. Brooke 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 get teary-eyed 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 nail-biting voting round, the big announcement, reading about and picking which cruise, the anticipation 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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