Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You might remember the sweet Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out! 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the family 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. 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 describe how much fun we had and how truly magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Halls were sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s experience. 

Monday

We sailed for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it may have been the best experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect. 

 

Thursday

We sailed 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 beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

I (Rebecca) get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! 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 you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were going all over the cruise ship. 

They are constantly playing first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to ride the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out above the boat! 

The whole group went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more. 

It’s really easy to see characters on the cruise – you only have to wait a couple 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 different versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The stateroom was awesome! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our room was a really great size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished. 

Dining

You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome 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 great medley. My oldest 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 sketch a figure. They give you instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and position them in Disney clips. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud 

“We can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible opportunity,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting phase, the big reveal, reading about and selecting which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an incredible trip. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!” 

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