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St. Thomas Dolphin Swim Excursion Reviews

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Receive a dolphin kiss, hug, or “fin” shake on an unforgettable dolphin swim through St. Thomas’ enclosed waters.

Cruisin_thru_life44

1 review

Our first stop was St. Thomas. We booked the Dolphin Discovery tour with carnival. It got good reviews and did not disappoint. While the travel to/from the sight of the dolphins is long, it is well worth it! Just the girls swam with the dolphins, as my wife and I went just to observe. Just a note that Carnival does not advertise the "observation only" ticket for this excursion but it is available at the excursion desk on board. It is a cheaper ticket and they do allow the observers to take pictures! Overall it is a beautiful place to spend the day and the girls had an experience of a lifetime!


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

kshear53

1 review

We took the dolphin swim excursion in St. Thomas and had a disappointing experience. We were in the water for about one hour but our "hands on" personal time with the dauphin was about 4 minutes as we were RUSHED through our pictures. We had one dauphin for 12 people. The Celebrity cruise attendees, paid the same fee of $169 and got 3 dolphins for 12 people. They remained in the water about an hour longer than the Norwegian attendees with hands on the dolphins the entire time. This gave them about 50 minutes of "hands on" with a dolphin to our approximately 4 minutes. We were told that the dolphin swim company does not favor Norwegian Cruise Line. If you book this excursion through Norwegian you might also be disappointed in your rushed experience!


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Shep10

1 review

Dolphin swim part 5 + Too long of a trip by boat there and back Expensive No lunch provided

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

rapvm16932

1 review

Had a fantastic time. The ride over to the Dolphin swim was great. We got to swim about an hour.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

spideyswims

2 reviews

We were very pleased that we booked this tour. To get in he water with the dolphins, albeit in enclosed pens, was fantastic. Being advised that we cold not take photos was understandable, we knew this meant that the ones taken by the organisers would be sold at a premium, the cost was $100 for about 100 photos on disc and 2 printed. The journey to and from the port, the excursion was to he British Virgin Islands, was also pleasant.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

lostheart2sea

1 review

This is an expensive tour, but well worth every penny spent. Swimming with the Dolphins is a very exciting and memorable thing to do. They are very intelligent, and gentle, with incredible personalities. You do have an hour ride in a water taxi over to Tortola, and you do have to surrender your passport to get it stamped, and have to fill out a customs form for the British island. The return trip also means you have to go through American customs, which is not as pleasant as going through the British customs. The American customs feels more police state and not as friendly as their British counterparts.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

TexCruiser00

1 review

Our 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins was truly amazing and a wonderful experience that I hope to do again someday. However, I would not do it in St. Thomas again only because the actual dolphin swim is on the island of Tortola, which is a British island. So, we had to take a 1 hour ferry ride to get there, fill out custom forms and go through customs before we could take a short bus ride to the dolphin center. Once there, we watched an orientation video and got our life jackets on and then the group of about 60 people or so were split up into smaller groups of 10 and all taken to different areas to swim with a dolphin. So, that was great. It was 1 dolphin to 10 people so we really got to have some time with them. They take a lot of photos and spend a lot of time after the swim getting you to look at them and buy the cd of pictures. We bought two prints for $50 which is pretty steep I think! They had lunch but you had to pay for it so we opted to wait until we got back to the ship. So, after a short bus ride back to the pier we boarded the ferry for another 1 hour trip. Upon arriving at St. Thomas, we had to unload to go through US customs and then get back on the ferry to get back to the ship. Like I said, I would swim with dolphins again but not from St. Thomas.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

skidy1

1 review

We didn't see much of St Thomas as we opted to do a Dolphin excursion - this was amazing value for money and a must do in the Caribbean! The Dolphins were in their natural environment and sempt really happy, we got to perform a large variety of tricks with them such as kiss, shake hands, and more extreme tricks like the push (Two Dolphins push your feet and propel you along).

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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