You might remember the cute Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
San Antonio Air Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, 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 describe how much fun we had and how absolutely magnificent everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to give us their itinerary and some photos 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.
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 a few other families for several hours. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We saw turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the best experience of the entire trip!
We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly incredible.
We were on the ship all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could find underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also had an 18+ beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played with other kids. They had staff everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the boat – it was all so fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line 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 place the card up to a painting, the painting comes to life – it talks to you, tells you about the mystery you are solving, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were running all over the ship.
They are continually running first-run movies out around the pool so we got to see 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 above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and they also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts and more.
It’s really easy to meet characters on the ship – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We met about two each 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 awesome! 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 rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The menu is very gourmet and they have a great variety. Korbin tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They provide a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and place them in Disney movies. Our 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 told us after they returned from the trip. “I get emotional when I think about the whole experience. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting stage, the big announcement, reading about and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an amazing vacation. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!”
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