You might remember the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the winners 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. 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 even begin to describe the amount of fun we had and how absolutely incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were kind enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots from their amazing trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the entire cruise!
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 sailed all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility below, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while the kids played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are continually playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to enjoy Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We saw about two per day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smothered.
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 extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. My son tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He said 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 take the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney clips. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing vacation,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big win, researching and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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