Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise
You might remember the charming 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 family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 describe how much fun we had and how seriously magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome 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 experience.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it may have been the best experience of the whole cruise!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course – more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while the kids played games. The island had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and drank a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and amazing! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it springs to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship.
They are always playing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s so easy to find characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We saw about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! We had an ocean view room with a really big porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really great size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a good selection. 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 directions 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 arrange them to music and position them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable opportunity,” Rebecca wrote after they returned home. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big announcement, reading about and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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