You might recall the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest youngsters, 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 tell you all the fun we had and how absolutely magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the entire trip!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and hung out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while our children played with other kids. The island had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – everything was all so fun and unforgettable! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it comes to life – it speaks to the group, 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 always showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that takes you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two a 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 room was amazing! Ours came with an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great selection. Korbin 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 give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no warning! They put them to music and place them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this incredible vacation,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big win, reading about and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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