You may recall the precious Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. Check out their adorable snowman submission!
Norrell Service Experts sent the family on a Disney Cruise and provided airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest youngsters, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise during mid-summer. Korbin and Brooke had never been on a cruise before and Rebecca and Bradley hadn’t been in about 10 years.
“I cannot begin to tell you how much fun we had and how truly unbelievable the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!”
The Hall parents were sweet enough to send over their itinerary and some photos from their amazing trip. If you want to 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 water for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then ported in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my son and daughter’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We spotted 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, got to swim, and laid out on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly picture perfect.
We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was incredibly blue and had amazing visibility underneath, so of course that meant more snorkeling! They placed a bunch of Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also include an 18 and older beach which we enjoyed while Korbin and Brooke played games. They had staff everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and drank a daiquiri. It’s like a floating Disneyland!
It gives me goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – it was all so fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and Disney gives 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 speaks to the group, 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 going all over the cruise ship.
They are always playing first-run movies out around the pool so we got to enjoy Jungle Book. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that zooms you up and down and swings you out above the boat!
We went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has other games and a Tween Club called Edge with events like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.
It’s really easy to find characters on the ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 or 40 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 awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a
really big porthole and window seat. Our stateroom was a really good size and all four of us were comfy and never felt smothered.
You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change throughout your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a good selection. My son tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!)
Animators Palette is animation-themed and they give you 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 very end of 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 movies. My daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished
“We can't thank Service Experts enough for this amazing opportunity,” Rebecca wrote after they returned from their cruise. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the nail-biting voting round, the big announcement, reading about and selecting which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such a wonderful time living it all. We are so grateful!”
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