You might recall the precious Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Rolf Griffin Service Experts sent the family on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 all the fun we had and how truly incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to give us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s vacation.
We were on the water 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 all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the most fun experience of the whole cruise!
We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and hung out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while the kids played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps remembering everything on the boat – it was all so fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, the painting comes alive – it speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are continually running first-run movies out near 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 zooms you up and down and swings you out across the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have games like foosball, basketball, 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 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was incredible! 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 cozy and never felt smushed.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors while you eat and Royal Court was very elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have an awesome medley. Korbin tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They give you a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and place them in Disney movies. My daughter 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
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable trip,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from the trip. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the stressful voting round, the big announcement, planning and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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