You may remember the adorable Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Strand Brothers Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, 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 cannot begin to explain how much fun we had and how seriously wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were nice enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s cruise.
We sailed for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the whole cruise!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue you always see in pictures – truly incredible.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was so blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while Korbin and Brooke played games. They had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps thinking about everything on the boat – it was all so fun and amazing! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, the painting springs to life – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you signals and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were running all over the boat.
They are constantly running first-run movies out by the pool so we got to watch Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out over the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the boat – you only have to wait a few minutes versus 30 minutes 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 stateroom was incredible! Ours came with an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a perfect size and all four of us were cozy and never felt squished.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great variety. My son 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 illustrate 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 big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and put them in Disney clips. Brooke is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing vacation,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “I get emotional 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 round, the big win, reading about and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are forever grateful!”
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