You might recall the charming Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Freschi Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) 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 explain all the fun we had and how absolutely amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We sailed for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for several hours. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it may have been the coolest 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 hung out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. They had employees everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and unforgettable! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can keep track of 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 clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the boat.
They are constantly playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch 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!
We went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s so easy to find characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two each day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really great size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You alternate 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 menu is very gourmet and they have a good variety. 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 offer instructions on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing trip,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting round, the big win, researching and picking which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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