You may recall the sweet Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I can’t begin to describe the amount of fun we had and how seriously amazing everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to give us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We sailed for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the best experience of the entire trip!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and hung out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while our children played with other kids. The island had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and drank a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the boat – everything was all so fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the ship.
They are continually playing first-run movies out near 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 huge slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two each day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was incredible! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large 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 cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good medley. Korbin tried everything, including 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 offer directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no idea it’s coming! They put them to music and position them in Disney clips. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this incredible experience,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, researching and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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