Went to Dolphinaris for the dolphin swim/ride program. Wife (44), Me(43), Son(14) and Daughter (13) all had a great time. Once in a lifetime type experience. The facility was very nice and the program was very organized. Our trainer was excellent. We were placed in a group with four other participants, which made our group eight total people. The session/program lasted a full 40 minutes in the water with two dolphins and the trainer. Everyone got to participate in all the activities. Everyone on our family enjoyed it very much and this was a big highlight of the trip. The food and dining facilities were also very nice. Only negative was the ridiculous pictures afterward. During the dolphin experience, the staff takes numerous pictures and movies that you can inevitably purchase in the gift shop. The prices are outrageous and insulting especially after what it already cost to participate and, yes, there is a hard sell. The prices eventually decrease has they haggle with you; “a special offer just this one time for you.” But the prices are still ridiculous (more than Disney and way more than a cruise ship). People from our cruise all bought different things and all paid different prices. The process was upsetting and almost ruined an otherwise very special day. If we every decided to do this again, my wife and I would just let the kids participate and we would watch (and take pictures) from the observation area. Many other families were doing this. While my wife and I both enjoyed the experience, we didn’t know that you could just watch the kids and enjoy the facilities (we thought everyone had to participate).
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