On our RCCL cruise we scheduled the Dolphin Encounter excursion. The experience was a once in a lifetime event. This is very much a "cattle call" push you in and out type of experience. It is very organzied and over all I am very happy with my experience. You are setup into groups and given life vests and then taken out to a water enclosure. I would suggest bringing along water shoes as the platform can be slippery and the waves can make you unstable. You are allowed to pet the dolphin as it goes past you about 4 or 5 times. The kiss, handshake, and dance are all for the camera to sell you the pictures, which are either $38 a piece or the entire set for around $140 on a CD.
It's one of those things that were on my bucket list and I'm glad I did, but if I were to do again I would choose somewhere else to do it. It just felt very rushed and very much just for the camera and to sell you the pictures.
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