You might remember the sweet Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) 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 describe the amount of fun we had and how seriously wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some photos from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We were on the ship for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire cruise!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, 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 Exclusive Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility below, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while our children played games. They had staff everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – it was so much fun and unforgettable! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it actually comes to life – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s so easy to see 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 met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a good medley. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big win, researching and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing a sensational adventure. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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