You might remember the adorable Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Broad Ripple Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) 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 explain the amount of fun we had and how absolutely magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Halls were nice enough to give us their itinerary and some pictures from their awesome trip. If you’re thinking about going on a Disney Cruise, or just curious what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip.
We were on the ship for two days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with a few other families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We spotted 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 were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly incredible.
We traveled all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had clear visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while our children played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. The island had employees everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Mom and Dad) laid out and had a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the cruise ship – everything was all so fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can keep track of all your clues. When you hold the card up to a painting, it actually springs to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are trying to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery took us two hours because we were chasing clues all over the cruise ship.
They are continually showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see 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 huge slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
All of us went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have other games and a Tween Club called Edge with things like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s so easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 minutes or more at Disneyland. We saw 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 actual room was amazing! Ours included an ocean view room with a HUGE porthole and window seat. The room was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt squished.
You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great variety. My son tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They provide instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on the wall. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. Brooke is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as proud
“Our family cannot thank Service Experts enough for this amazing vacation,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting round, the big announcement, planning and selecting which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an amazing adventure. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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