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Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You might remember the precious Hall family who won our Unfrozen Winter contest earlier this year by submitting a picture of their creative snowman. Check it out! 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) 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 can’t begin to explain all the fun we had and how absolutely incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a trip we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Halls were nice enough to send us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible 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 cruise. 

Monday

We were on the water for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We scheduled a Catamaran and went out with a few other families for several hours. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they loved it. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was probably the coolest experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly beautiful. 

 

Thursday

We sailed all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was so blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course we had to do 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+ beach which we lounged around on while our children played games. The island had people everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

It gives me goosebumps remembering everything on the ship – it was so much fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you choose the mystery you want to solve and the cruise gives you a card so you can write down all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it 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 running all over the ship. 

They are always running first-run movies out by the pool so we got to enjoy Jungle Book. We also got to go on the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that shoots you up and down and swings you out across the boat! 

We 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 really easy to meet characters on the cruise – 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 got five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, including Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The room was incredible! We had an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished. 

Dining

You rotate through three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change during your meal and Royal Court was really elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The menu 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 illustrate a figure. They offer instructions 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 movies. Brooke is our artist so she did really well with hers and was so excited – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished 

“We cannot thank Service Experts enough for this unbelievable trip,” Rebecca told us after they returned from their cruise. “I get emotional when I think about it all. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, hearing we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big announcement, reading about and choosing which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing a sensational trip. It was such a fun time living it all. Thank you, thank you!” 

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