Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You might remember the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission! 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the family on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years. 

“I cannot begin to explain the amount of fun we had and how seriously amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Halls were nice enough to give us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible 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. 

Monday

We were on the ship for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect. 

 

Thursday

We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was very 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 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 with other kids. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – it was all so 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 actually comes alive – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship. 

They are constantly running 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 ride 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 games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more. 

It’s very easy to find characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed. 

Dining

You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great selection. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!) 

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They offer a tutorial 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. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and place them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud 

“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this incredible experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big announcement, reading about and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!” 

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