Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

You may remember the precious 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 covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest youngsters, 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 can’t even begin to tell you all the fun we had and how seriously amazing the whole experience was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a getaway we could have never taken on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Hall parents were sweet enough to show us their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, check out the highlights from the Hall’s vacation. 

Monday

We were on the ship for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with four different families for the day. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they were in heaven. We spotted turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the most fun experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, went swimming, and bummed around on the beach. The water was truly that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly incredible. 

 

Thursday

We traveled all day Wednesday and then docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility underneath, so of course – more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also include an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while the kids played with other kids. The island had staff everywhere to watch the kids so we (Mom and Dad) hung out and had a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

It gives me goosebumps remembering everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and extraordinary! They have a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give you a card so you can record all your clues. When you place the card up to a painting, it actually comes to life – it talks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were going all over the ship. 

They are always running first-run movies out near the pool so we got to enjoy Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a big slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat! 

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

It’s so easy to find characters on the cruise – you only have to wait three or four minutes versus a half-hour or more at Disneyland. We got to see about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have multiple versions of the characters, like Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

The stateroom was awesome! Ours included an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. The stateroom was a really great size and all four of us were comfy 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 change on the ceiling during your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and put me in mind of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great medley. My son tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He said it tasted like dirt!) 

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can illustrate a figure. They provide instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the very end of dinner, they animate your drawings on these screens on the wall. It’s completely unexpected! They put them to music and place them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was ecstatic – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished 

“Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible vacation,” Rebecca said after they returned home. “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 stressful voting stage, the big win, researching and choosing which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!” 

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