Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You may recall the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo: 

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years. 

“I can’t begin to tell you all the fun we had and how absolutely wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Hall family was sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s vacation. 

Monday

We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the best experience of the whole cruise! 

Tuesday

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

 

Thursday

We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while the kids played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose 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 actually comes to life – it speaks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were running all over the cruise ship. 

They are continually showing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across 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, ice breakers, and more. 

It’s so easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The actual room was amazing! Ours came with an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really great size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished. 

Dining

You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have an awesome selection. 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 draw a figure. They provide a tutorial 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. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and place 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 accomplished 

“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable opportunity,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get emotional when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting stage, the big win, reading about and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!” 

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