You might remember the precious Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Becht/Givens Service Experts sent the family on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of fun we had and how absolutely wonderful the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to give us 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.
We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with four different 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 most fun experience of the whole cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly picture perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course - more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we lounged around on while our children played with other kids. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives 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 the group, 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 chasing clues all over the ship.
They are always playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s so easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two each day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smothered.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was really elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a good selection. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put 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 very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no warning! They put them to music and position them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable experience,” Rebecca said after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Entering a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting stage, the big announcement, researching and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an incredible adventure. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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