Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You may recall the charming Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission! 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the Halls 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. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley. 

“I can’t begin to explain all the fun we had and how seriously wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Halls were kind enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their incredible trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s vacation. 

Monday

We were on the water for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was probably the most fun experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

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

 

Thursday

We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had perfect visibility below, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we took advantage of while the kids played games. Castaway Cay had employees everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

We get goosebumps remembering everything on the cruise ship – everything was so much fun and amazing! The cruise has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it comes alive – it speaks 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 chasing clues all over the boat. 

They are always showing first-run movies out around 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! 

All of us went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more. 

It’s so easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We met about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The stateroom was incredible! 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 comfortable and never felt smothered. 

Dining

You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. Korbin tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!) 

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They offer a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. You have no idea it’s coming! They choreograph 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 thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished 

“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big win, reading about and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are forever grateful!” 

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