Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You might recall the adorable Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo: 

Stevenson Service Experts sent the winners on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Bradley and Rebecca took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 explain how much fun we had and how absolutely incredible the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Hall parents were kind enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their amazing 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 sailed for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with four different families all day. It was my children’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the entire trip! 

Tuesday

We traveled from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we got to do more snorkeling, got to swim, and bummed around on the beach. The water was really that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly perfect. 

 

Thursday

We sailed all day Wednesday and then ported at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Cruise Line Guest-Only Island. The water was so blue and had clear visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They had hidden Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also had an 18 and older beach which we took advantage of while our children played games. The island had staff everywhere to keep an eye on the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

I (Rebecca) get goosebumps reminiscing about everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you pick the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you put the card up to a painting, it actually comes alive – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery lasted 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 Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Big Friendly Giant. We also got to go on 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 events like scavenger hunts, get to you know you games, and more. 

It’s really easy to meet characters on the boat – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We saw about two per 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 room was incredible! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a really good size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt squished. 

Dining

You go between three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has cool flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors on the ceiling change while you eat and Royal Court was really elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The meals are very gourmet and they have a great selection. My oldest tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!) 

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They give you instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. Our daughter is our artist so she did really well with hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished 

“We can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible experience,” Rebecca said after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed when I think about the whole experience. Submitting an entry I never thought would go anywhere, finding out we were a finalist, the anxious voting round, the big win, planning and choosing which cruise, the excitement of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such an amazing time living it all. Thank you, thank you!” 

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