Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise
You might recall the adorable Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Stallion Heating and 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 kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. This was Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years.
“I cannot begin to tell you all the fun we had and how seriously amazing everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for the day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we lounged around on while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – everything was all so fun and unforgettable! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are constantly running first-run movies out near the pool so we got to watch Jungle Book. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s very easy to meet characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We saw about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling while you eat and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good variety. Korbin tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They offer directions 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. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“We can’t thank Service Experts enough for this amazing experience,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big announcement, reading about and picking which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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