Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

August 11, 2016

You might remember the sweet Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!

 

Hammond Plumbing & Heating sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest children, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. 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 tell you all the fun we had and how truly amazing the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!”

The Halls were kind enough to give us their itinerary and some photos from their incredible trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, keeping reading for the highlights from the Hall’s trip.

 

Monday

We were on the ship for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved 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 got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the entire trip!

 

Tuesday

We sailed from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, got to swim, and bummed around on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that they show on TV – truly perfect.

 

Thursday

We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had amazing visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which helped make up for the fact there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we enjoyed while our children played with other kids. The island had people everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and drank a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland!

 

Aboard

We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! The cruise has 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 put 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 went on for two hours because we were running all over the cruise ship.

 

They are always playing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to see Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a large slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!

 

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

It’s very easy to find characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We met about two per day, and one day we hit five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc.

 
 
 
 
 

The stateroom was amazing! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were cozy and never felt smushed.

Dining

You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was very elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great medley. My son tried everything, even the escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!)

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They provide a tutorial 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. It’s completely unexpected! They choreograph them to music and put them in Disney films. 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 amazing opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the stressful voting round, the big reveal, researching and picking which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are forever grateful!”

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