You might recall the sweet Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo:
Winnipeg Supply Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. This was the first cruise for Korbin and Brooke and the first in about 10 years for Rebecca and Bradley.
“I can’t even begin to tell you all the fun we had and how truly wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were kind enough to show us their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s experience.
We were on the water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We had reservations for a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the whole trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to snorkel even more, swam, and bummed around on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly perfect.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility beneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also have an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while our children played with other kids. Castaway Cay had people everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) hung out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were going all over the boat.
They are continually showing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to watch Finding Dory, Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
The whole group went Goofy Golfing and they also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s so easy to meet characters on the boat – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two each 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 actual room was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished.
You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great selection. My oldest tried everything, even the 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 pick up 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 place them in Disney clips. My daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as talented
“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible experience,” Rebecca said 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, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big win, reading about and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such a fun time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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