You may remember the adorable Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
Comfort Masters Service Experts sent the winners 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 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 how much fun we had and how absolutely amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were kind enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was Korbin and Brooke’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 entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly picture perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while the kids played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. The island had staff everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and drank 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 amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were running all over the ship.
They are always playing 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 experience the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The room was incredible! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smothered.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good variety. Korbin tried everything, including 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 draw a figure. They provide directions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can’t thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime vacation,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I tear up when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting stage, the big win, planning and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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