You might remember the charming Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Boehmers/Cronin Emery 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 youngsters, 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 cannot begin to describe how much fun we had and how seriously unbelievable everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some photos from their awesome trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was probably the most fun experience of the whole trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly picture perfect.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we took advantage of while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. They had people everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the cruise ship – it was so much fun and unforgettable! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it talks 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 running all over the cruise ship.
They are always playing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and 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!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to find characters on the ship – you only have to wait a few 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 different versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The stateroom was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smushed.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a good medley. Korbin tried everything, even the 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 illustrate a figure. They provide directions on how to draw a figure, then they take the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney films. 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 accomplished
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable experience,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the anxious voting phase, the big announcement, reading about and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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