You may remember the sweet Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. 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 tell you all the fun we had and how seriously incredible the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were kind 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 curious what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
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 for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the most fun experience of the entire cruise!
We traveled 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 actually that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility underneath, 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 adults-only beach which we lounged around on while our children played with other kids. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and amazing! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it comes alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are continually running first-run movies out by the pool so we got to see 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 zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s very easy to find characters on the cruise – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We saw about two each day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling throughout your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a good selection. Korbin tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They provide directions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime trip,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an amazing trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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