You may recall the charming Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls 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 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 can’t even begin to explain how much fun we had and how truly wonderful the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were nice enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the ship for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for several hours. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best 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 truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played games. The island had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and had a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – it was all so fun and extraordinary! 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 record 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 running all over the cruise ship.
They are continually playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to find characters on the cruise – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our room was a really great size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good medley. My oldest tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They offer a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and place them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this incredible 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, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big announcement, researching and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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