You might recall the sweet Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Falso Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t even begin to describe all the fun we had and how absolutely incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their awesome trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the ship 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 the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. 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 were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly incredible.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played games. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the ship – it was all so fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting comes to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are continually playing first-run movies out near 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 big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We saw about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was amazing! Ours included 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 rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good medley. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and place 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 accomplished
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime experience,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big announcement, reading about and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing adventure. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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