I booked the Dolphin Encounter (not swim) for my family of four on Saturday, January 25 as a port excursion from our Disney Magic cruise. My 7yo had been talking about swimming with dolphins for a year. I was nervous we would regret not paying $300 more to swim, vs. encounter, the dolphins but it turned out great. The dolphin was bigger than my 7yo and very muscular and she turned out to be afraid/hesitant around it. I agree with other reviewers that $159/adult to encounter the dolphins is way too much, but it was a once in a lifetime chance for us and I'm glad we splurged. We danced with the dolphin, got kissed, petted him, etc. The educational part before the encounter was fine, but they were trying to upsell the swim vs. the encounter. It was surprising that for all the emphasis on taking pictures during the encounter that they did not try to sell them to us very hard. We did not buy pictures or even see any of ours to buy. I brought a disposable water proof camera and had no problem using it.
After the encounter, we ate lunch at the main beach for $42, $15 per adult and $6 per child (my oldest is 10yo). It was tasty, not gourmet, and a good portion. (If you are more frugal, they offer hot dog meals for $7 near the dolphin gift shop and have a beautiful picnic area behind it overlooking the ocean, not the lagoon). Then we lounged on the beach and the kids swam in the lagoon. (There is also a small beach on the ocean side just past the picnic tables with an amazing view!) It was very uncrowded when we went. My kids wanted to go in the inflatable course for $15/person, but I was able to reason with them that 1 hour was not enough time to do that (it was 1pm and we were going to catch the 2pm ferry). Plus, I'm not sure my 7yo could have swum out to some of the inflatables. I would have happily stayed until the 4pm ferry to enjoy the lagoon more, but my husband (not a beach guy) wanted to catch the 2pm ferry to make sure we had plenty of time to return to the boat unhurried.
Here's our timeline: 9:45 met with other cruisers going to Blue Lagoon on the Disney Magic. Got towels, signed in, debarked, etc. Boarded the Blue Lagoon ferry at 10:10. Arrived at Blue Lagoon at 11:10 - yes , that's not 20 min. to get there like I read somewhere. We stopped at Paradise Island to pick up other passengers. Plus, we waited at that dock 10 minutes for a last minute family. We had our dolphin encounter when we arrived and ate lunch and were finished with all that by 1pm. We enjoyed the beach from 1-2pm when we boarded the return ferry. It left dock at 2:10 and we got back to Nassau proper at 3pm after dropping off passengers at Paradise Island.
All in all, I liked it!
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