You may recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Midway Services sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) 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 tell you all the fun we had and how seriously incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were kind enough to send over their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the ship for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and hung out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly beautiful.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also include an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while the kids played with other kids. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and unforgettable! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it 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 lasted two hours because we were running all over the cruise ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s really easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. Korbin tried everything, even 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 draw a figure. They offer 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 the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney clips. Our daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this incredible trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “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 anxious voting round, the big announcement, researching and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing trip. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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