The dolphin swim was great. We tried to get buy some pictures and for 6 pictures it was $130.00. They charge per person, per picture. The dolphin staff was great. Carlos the trainer, Jimmy the photographer and Alma the Dolphin were all great!
We got off to a rough start. Getting off the ship was beginning to shows signs of being an Epic fail but once we got off the ship @ 11:45 am things went pretty smooth and we had an amazing day. The Dolphin swim was a once in a lifetime experience. We were in a small group and it was well organized. The trainer and Capernico were great hosts. We did not get all of our photos that we paid for. It was a great day however it was just way to short. We felt a little rushed on this day.
It was ok, very commercialized, felt like we were channeled through the experience the most efficient way possible. I did it because it was my 10 year old's dream to swim with a dolphin and they wouldn't allow her in the water by herself.
No photos allowed, you have to lock all your belongs into a locker and then basically all you do is smile for the camera in various positions with the dolphin. It was over fast and then they rip you of if you want any pictures. They will deal if you hesitate for a package for two persons (last offer $100 instead of $140, I should have insisted on trying to deal for a package of just one as well, but it was still $70 for a cd of mostly bad pictures since we were all squinting against the sun, no sunglasses or hats allowed, only prescription glasses. They watch you like a hawk so you don't take pictures of the computer screen images.
The dolphin trainer who worked with our group was nice, he had remembered all of our names by the end of the program. We had booked the dolphin push, pull and swim but it didn't seem very much that we did: hold out our hand and touch the dolphin while it swims by, kiss the dolphin, dance with the dolphin holding its fins, then get pulled by the dolphin and then dolphin pushed your feet out of the water while you hold on to a buggy board.
This was the highlight of our vacation. My wife has always wanted to swim with dolphins and we were able to check this off her bucket list. Word to the wise. Don't go cheap on the dolphin swim. Spend the extra money for the more expensive package. You will get to interact more with the dolphins.
Giving this three stars, because it's a racket to get money. Went to Dolphin Discovery. Usually on excursions, you have one guide, but I felt like we were passed off to a lot of people. You CANNOT take a camera in - don't even try it. Someone in our group had one and they said these people aren't doing anything till they give up the camera. Wow! I'm glad it wasn't my family. The dolphin swim is a bucket list thing, but to have to pay $200 for pictures. Sorry - not good.
A lot of people diss this excursion 'cause you can't take your own pictures and hence, if you want photo memories, you have to buy from them... and its true, those photos aren't cheap. Just know that going into the event. We had a fabulous time interacting with the dolphins. I don't have words to adequately describe the opportunity to have that kind of interaction.
Booking with RCI was kinda key. To get to Grand Cayman, you have to get on a smaller boat called a tender. RCI gives priority boarding on the tenders to folks who book shore excursions through RCI. It probably didn't matter; but it certainly provided some peace of mind. And getting an early tender allowed us to explore a little bit before the excursion began. We enjoyed getting a coconut from a street vendor who was hacking away at them with a machette.
After the dolphin swim, I wanted to go to the turtle farm across the street but the rest of the fam wanted to hang on the beach. So, per the recommendation of someone from dolphin swim (who skateboards like my kid) we went to the Royal Palms Club (or something like that) via public bus. It was $2/pp to get access to the beach, $10/chair and $15/umbrella. I thought it was a little ridiculous. We recognized fellow cruisers there and shared a cab back to the tender.
The experience was awesome! The picture that were available for purchase was ridiculous in the prices! One 4X6 picture was $38 and to purchase a CD of all pictures was $ 240. We did not buy any pictures at those prices and you are not able to take your own pictures, so we have nothing to remember this excursion. We purchased a soda which cost $3/bottle.
Our 12-year old granddaughter did the Deluxe Dolphin Swim and it was wonderful. I highly recommend the top rated choice bc the swimmer gets to experience all the activities with the dolphins plus the group is smaller.
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