You might remember the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out!
All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 begin to tell you the amount of fun we had and how absolutely unbelievable the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall family was sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We sailed for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and hung out on the beach. The water was actually 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 Exclusive Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – everything was all so fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, the painting springs to life – it speaks to the group, 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 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 ride the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that takes 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 activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We met about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.
The actual room was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really great size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smothered.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors during your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good selection. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They offer instructions 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. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph them to music and position them in Disney films. 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 accomplished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing vacation,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I tear up when I think about the whole experience. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big reveal, researching and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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