Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise
You may recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. 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 begin to describe how much fun we had and how seriously magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was kind enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for the day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the entire cruise!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course – more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it actually comes to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery went on for 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 enjoy Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger huntsand more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a few minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was incredible! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a really great size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
You go between 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 very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. Korbin tried everything, even the 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 draw a figure. They offer 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 the wall. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney films. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing opportunity,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting stage, the big reveal, reading about and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing adventure. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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