You may recall the adorable Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Bob Brown Service Experts sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest youngsters, 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 cannot 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 made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some photos from their amazing trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with a few other 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 may have been the most fun experience of the entire cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and hung out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly incredible.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played games. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and unforgettable! The cruise 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, the painting springs to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are always running first-run movies out by the pool so we got to see Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s very easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We saw about two per 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 actual room was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smothered.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool 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 put me in mind of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. My oldest tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you 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 end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no warning! They put them to music and put them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big win, researching and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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