Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise

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

Norrell Service Experts sent the Halls on a Disney Cruise and covered airfare for four. Rebecca and Bradley (Mom and Dad) took their two oldest kids, Korbin and Brooke, on their Disney Cruise in July this year. 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 describe all the fun we had and how seriously unbelievable everything was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never done on our own. Disney does cruising right!” 

The Halls were sweet enough to send us their itinerary and some pictures from their amazing trip. If you want to a Disney Cruise, or just looking to see what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s cruise. 

Monday

We were on the ship for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We reserved a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for the day. It was Korbin and Brooke’s first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it may have been the most fun experience of the entire cruise! 

Tuesday

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

 

Thursday

We traveled all day Wednesday and then got off at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Exclusive Island. The water was very blue and had perfect visibility beneath, so of course we had to do more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could look for underwater, which made up for not having as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while Korbin and Brooke played basketball, pool, and shuffleboard. The island had people everywhere to help take care of the kids so we (Rebecca and Bradley) laid out and had a daiquiri. It was basically a floating Disneyland! 

Aboard

We get goosebumps thinking about everything on the ship – everything was so much fun and amazing! Disney Cruise Line has a “Midship Detective Agency” where you select the mystery you want to solve and they give 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 speaks to the group, tells you about the mystery you are working to solve, and gives you clues and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were going all over the boat. 

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

The whole group went Goofy Golfing and the cruise also has games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more. 

It’s very easy to see characters on the ship – you only have to wait a couple minutes versus 30 or 40 at Disneyland. We got to see about two per day, and one day we got five in a row! They also have different versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. 

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

Dining

You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has awesome flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the colors change on the ceiling throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and made me think of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have an awesome variety. My son tried everything, including escargot at the Royal Court. (He thought it tasted like dirt!) 

Animators Palette is animation-themed and they put markers on your table so you can draw a figure. They provide a tutorial on how to draw a figure, then they pick up the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on big screens. It’s completely unexpected! They arrange them to music and position them in Disney films. Our daughter is our artist so she worked really hard on hers and was thrilled – the rest of us weren’t quite as accomplished 

“We can’t thank Service Experts enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned home. “I tear up when I think about the experience as a whole. Submitting our picture to a contest I never thought would go anywhere, learning we were a finalist, the stressful voting stage, the big win, researching and selecting which cruise, the elation of going and finally experiencing an incredible vacation. It was such an amazing time living it all. We are so grateful!” 

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