You might remember the cute Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Coastal Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise earlier this summer. This was Korbin and Brooke’s first cruise and Rebecca and Bradley had not been on a cruise in nearly 10 years.
“I can’t even begin to tell you all the fun we had and how truly unbelievable the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to show us their itinerary and some photos from their amazing trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We sailed for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for several hours. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and hung out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly incredible.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course - more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while our children played with other kids. They had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – it was all so fun and unforgettable! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it actually springs to life – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to see Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like foosball, basketball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s so easy to find characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We saw about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The room was a really great size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.
You alternate 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 very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great selection. Korbin tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They offer a tutorial 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 position them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable trip,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, researching and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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