Watch 2 Families Compete for a Tropical Disney Cruise

by Jeanine Asencio 11:14 AM, February 21, 2017

Rachael Ray Show

Aired February 22, 2017

It was freezing outside, but two families heated things up as they went head-to-head in a beach-themed relay race called “Win, Lose, or Thaw!” There was a cruise to a warm, tropical island at stake and only one team could win.


On the blue team was the Evangelista family: Natalya, Cesar, Ivan and Naomi, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Natalya and Cesar have been working very hard to save up enough money to buy a house, and in turn, haven’t been able to afford a vacation. Their kids have never been on an airplane before and are looking forward to their first plane ride!

Representing the red team was the Stinson family: Heather, Adam, Aiden and Maddy, from Califon, New Jersey. The only family trip they’ve ever taken together was to visit the kids’ grandparents in Chicago. Heather and Adam would love to take a warm-weather vacation with the kids, but haven’t been able to due to their busy schedules and tight budget.


The winning team got a four-night Disney Cruise Line Vacation to the Bahamas, including a day at Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay! On the ship, there are tons of kids’ clubs for the kiddos to enjoy on their own, giving mom and dad some alone time in the adult-only pool, spa, restaurants, nightclub and lounges. From Broadway-style shows to lots of tasty meal options, there’s something for everyone in the family!


When it comes to Rach, nobody goes home empty-handed (yes, she even had an incredible surprise for the team who came in second place)!

Watch the intense race in the video above to see which family gets to thaw out on this epic vacation.