You may remember the sweet Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Stark Services sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest kids, 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 cannot begin to explain how much fun we had and how seriously unbelievable everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were kind enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled 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 sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course - 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 18+ beach which we took advantage of while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the boat – everything was all so fun and extraordinary! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – 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 chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s really easy to see characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was amazing! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great variety. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They give you instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They choreograph them to music and put them in Disney films. Brooke is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this amazing experience,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big reveal, planning and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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