You may recall the adorable Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Air Engineers Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t even begin to describe how much fun we had and how truly unbelievable everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some pictures 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 booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they loved it. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the entire trip!
We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while the kids played with other kids. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – it was all so fun and extraordinary! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, the painting comes to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are constantly playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to see Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s very easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 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 awesome! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a really good 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 throughout your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great medley. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and put them in Disney clips. 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 cannot thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime trip,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big reveal, planning and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable adventure. It was such a fun time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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