You might remember the charming Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Levy & Son Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and covered 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 describe all the fun we had and how truly wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families for several hours. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they loved it. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the whole trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and hung out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly incredible.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while the kids played games. They had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the ship – it was all so fun and unforgettable! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose 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 alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were running all over the ship.
They are always running first-run movies out around the pool so we got to enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that takes you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to find characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We saw about two each day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You go between 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 reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great selection. My oldest tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They offer instructions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing trip,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the stressful voting phase, the big announcement, researching and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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