You may remember the adorable Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Strand Brothers Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) 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 can’t begin to tell you the amount of fun we had and how absolutely wonderful everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some photos from their awesome trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for several hours. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and hung out on the beach. The water was truly 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 Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had amazing visibility below, so of course - more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also include an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while the kids played games. The island had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and drank a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and amazing! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are constantly showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We saw about two each day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
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 a great medley. My son tried everything, including 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 offer directions 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 choreograph them to music and put them in Disney films. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big win, planning and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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