Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You may remember the sweet Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out! 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) 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 can’t begin to explain how much fun we had and how truly magnificent the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Halls were nice enough to send over their itinerary and some snapshots from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s vacation. 

Monday

We were on the ship for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the whole cruise! 

Tuesday

We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible. 

 

Thursday

We traveled all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was so blue and had amazing visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid 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 enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. They had staff everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

It gives me goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and unforgettable! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, the painting springs to life – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were going all over the ship. 

They are always showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to enjoy Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out over the boat! 

The whole group went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger huntsand more. 

It’s very easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The stateroom was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered. 

Dining

You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great medley. Korbin tried everything, even 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 illustrate a figure. They give you directions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and position them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented 

“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime vacation,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting round, the big reveal, planning and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!” 

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