You might remember the precious Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this 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 how much fun we had and how seriously wonderful everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some snapshots from their awesome trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the ship for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the best experience of the entire cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly beautiful.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – it was all so fun and extraordinary! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, the painting comes to life – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the boat.
They are constantly running 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 over the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the ship – 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 several versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was amazing! 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 smushed.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome medley. My oldest tried everything, even 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 provide instructions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and place them in Disney films. Brooke is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable experience,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big reveal, researching and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing a sensational vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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