You might recall the charming Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t begin to describe how much fun we had and how seriously unbelievable the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
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 several hours. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it may have been the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
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 clear visibility beneath, so of course we had to do 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+ beach which we lounged around on while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. The island had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and Disney 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 hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were running all over the boat.
They are continually playing 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 go on the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us 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 cruise – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We met about two each day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was incredible! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good 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 sketch a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and position them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing experience,” 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, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big reveal, planning and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing a sensational vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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