You may remember the sweet Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Wesley Wood Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and provided 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 explain how much fun we had and how absolutely wonderful the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were kind enough to send us their itinerary and some photos from their awesome trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the most fun experience of the entire trip!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly picture perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was very blue and had clear visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps remembering everything on the boat – everything was so much fun and unforgettable! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it comes alive – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the ship.
They are constantly running first-run movies out by the pool so we got to enjoy Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to experience 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 they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s very easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a really great size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good selection. 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 sketch a figure. They provide directions 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 place them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime experience,” Rebecca told us after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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