Unfrozen Winter Winners Enjoy Their Disney Cruise Published on August 11, 2016 You might recall the precious Hall family who were the winners of our Unfrozen Winner contest earlier this year. They won by submitting this precious snowman photo: Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning sent the family on a Disney Cruise and paid for airfare for four. Mom and Dad (Rebecca and Bradley) took their two oldest children, 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 begin to tell you all the fun we had and how seriously wonderful the whole thing was,” wrote Rebecca. “It was a vacation we could have never made happen on our own. Disney does cruising right!” The Halls were nice enough to send over their itinerary and some snapshots from their incredible trip. If you’re interested in taking a Disney Cruise, or just want to find out what it’s all about, read on to see the highlights from the Hall’s trip. Monday We were on the ship for a couple days (Saturday and Sunday) and then landed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We booked a Catamaran and went out with 4 other families for several hours. It was my kids’ first time snorkeling and they had a blast. We got to see turtles and stingrays – it was quite possibly the coolest experience of the whole cruise! Tuesday We went from Tortola to St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands, where we were able to snorkel some more, swam, and laid out on the beach. The water was actually that turquoise blue that you see in movies – truly beautiful. Thursday We were on the ship 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 below, so of course - more snorkeling! They hid Mickey Mouses you could hunt for underwater, which was nice because there weren’t as many fish. They also have an adults-only beach which we lounged around on while our children played games. The island had people everywhere to watch the kids so we (Bradley and Rebecca) relaxed and enjoyed a daiquiri. It was just like a floating Disneyland! Aboard It gives me goosebumps reminiscing 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 write down 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 trying to solve, and gives you hints and directions. One mystery went on for two hours because we were chasing clues all over the boat. They are constantly showing first-run movies out near the pool so we got to watch Big Friendly Giant, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. We also got to experience the Aqua Duct, which is a huge slide that takes you up and down and swings you out above the boat! The whole group went Goofy Golfing and Disney Cruises also have games like basketball, fooseball, and a Tween Club called Edge with activities like scavenger hunts, ice breakers, and more.It’s really 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 saw about two a day, and one day we met five in a row! They also have several versions of the characters, such as Captain Mickey, Traditional Mickey, etc. The actual room was awesome! Ours came with an ocean view room with a large porthole and window seat. Our room was a perfect size and all four of us were comfortable and never felt smushed. Dining You alternate three restaurants. Enchanted Garden has neat flower lights on the ceiling that open and close and the ceiling changes colors throughout your meal and Royal Court was extremely elegant and reminded me of Cinderella. The food is very gourmet and they have a great selection. My son tried everything, even escargot at the Royal Court. (He told us it tasted like dirt!) Animators Palette is animation-themed and they leave markers on your table so you can sketch a figure. They provide instructions on how to draw a figure, then they collect the drawings and at the end of your meal, they animate your drawings on big screens. You have no warning! They arrange them to music and put them in Disney movies. My daughter is our artist so she put a lot of effort into hers and was elated – the rest of us weren’t quite as polished “Our family can’t thank Service Experts enough for this incredible opportunity,” Rebecca told us after they returned from the trip. “I get teary-eyed 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 nail-biting voting phase, the big win, researching and picking which cruise, the anticipation of going and finally experiencing an unbelievable trip. It was such a wonderful time living it all. Thank you, thank you!” Like Service Experts on Facebook to watch for our next great contest!