Cozumel Dolphin Swim & Encounter Excursion Reviews

Cozumel's dolphin programs bring cruisers up close and personal with the affectionate creatures. Enjoy interacting with the dolphins as you become one with their habitat.
e booked a shore excursion through Carnival in Cozumel called "VIP Dolphin Swim Experience" and it ...
e booked a shore excursion through Carnival in Cozumel called "VIP Dolphin Swim Experience" and it was well worth the money and the service was fantastic. The trainer rodrigo was amazing with the dolphins and did awesome with our ... Read More
e booked a shore excursion through Carnival in Cozumel called "VIP Dolphin Swim Experience" and it was well worth the money and the service was fantastic. The trainer rodrigo was amazing with the dolphins and did awesome with our group! Lazer made sure everyone on our excursion was taken care of and he was very attentive so I would highly recommend both of these guys to deal with on your excursion! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Wonderful dolphin experience with our grandson - didn't buy pictures as we had been warned that ...
Wonderful dolphin experience with our grandson - didn't buy pictures as we had been warned that they were very expensive but wish we had purchased a single photo for $40.00. We didn't eat here so can't rate the restaurant ... Read More
Wonderful dolphin experience with our grandson - didn't buy pictures as we had been warned that they were very expensive but wish we had purchased a single photo for $40.00. We didn't eat here so can't rate the restaurant but sodas, lemonade and smoothies were free so that was nice! We snorkeled with stingrays - very small area and the water was a bit murky - about 4 small stingrays with stingers removed in the area but it was fun anyway. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It was so fun!
It was so fun! They took you to Chankanaab by taxi, then they taught you some stuff, then they took you to swim, ride, and do tricks with the dolphins! You could also scuba dive and go to the beautiful beach.
It was so fun! They took you to Chankanaab by taxi, then they taught you some stuff, then they took you to swim, ride, and do tricks with the dolphins! You could also scuba dive and go to the beautiful beach. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Fun place and buffet and drinks are included.
Fun place and buffet and drinks are included.
Fun place and buffet and drinks are included. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a once in a lifetime experience to get up close and personal with a dolphin.
This was a once in a lifetime experience to get up close and personal with a dolphin. The facility was beautiful and very clean, and the staff was friendly. The $15 charge for a locker was a rip off. The Dolphin encounter was marvelous, ... Read More
This was a once in a lifetime experience to get up close and personal with a dolphin. The facility was beautiful and very clean, and the staff was friendly. The $15 charge for a locker was a rip off. The Dolphin encounter was marvelous, and we were not rushed at all. We learned a lot and loved it. Tip: wear water shoes. You will be standing on uneven rocks and sharp coral when you enter the pool. Without shoes, your feet will hurt. And, they must be water shoes (I wore my Teva Hiking sandals, my husband was barefoot and barely able to walk on the sharp bottom). The included food was OK, good enough. The drinks were good also. We thought that there would be a beach area to enjoy, but there is not. The snorkeling area is small, and best suited for children. Cozumel is overcrowded. The shopping mall is huge, so if you are still interested in buying diamonds, you will be happy there. Otherwise, you will wish that you were somewhere else. One of our friends went to the National Park (I don't remember seeing it on the excursion list, but I think I quit looking once we saw the Dolphin Encounter), and she loved it. It is much cheaper, and it seemed to be a great excursion. She did not go through the Cruise Line tour, but secured her own transportation. Several years back we took the Teluum tour, and it remains one of our all time favorite tours. If you choose it, take the time to visit the caves at the shoreline. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Absolutely loved our day at Chankanaab.
Absolutely loved our day at Chankanaab. It is a beautiful park. One negative is that you HAVE to buy the pic package. They are very strict about taking pics, unlike the dolphin swim in Costa Maya or the one in Nassau. We did the dolphin ... Read More
Absolutely loved our day at Chankanaab. It is a beautiful park. One negative is that you HAVE to buy the pic package. They are very strict about taking pics, unlike the dolphin swim in Costa Maya or the one in Nassau. We did the dolphin encounter, no swim. We had a mamma dolphin and a baby in the area with us. It was so awesome!! We couldn't touch the baby, but it was still awesome to be close to it. We were not able to get any pics of it though. I even asked after all the encounters/ swims had stopped if I could go just to take a pic of our dolphin and her baby, but they refused. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
was hoping to spend more time with the dolphins.
was hoping to spend more time with the dolphins. lunch wasn't great, but the drinks offset that. kids enjoyed the pool after the dolphins. pictures were way overpriced, but glad I got them.
was hoping to spend more time with the dolphins. lunch wasn't great, but the drinks offset that. kids enjoyed the pool after the dolphins. pictures were way overpriced, but glad I got them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Worth the money; excellent excursion.
Worth the money; excellent excursion. This was all inclusive excursion. You got to meet and shake hands with the dolphins, then you swam with them, then you had a buffet lunch; all you could drink, then you had option to kayak and ... Read More
Worth the money; excellent excursion. This was all inclusive excursion. You got to meet and shake hands with the dolphins, then you swam with them, then you had a buffet lunch; all you could drink, then you had option to kayak and snorkle. This was the best excursion for this stop Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Harmony of the Seas booked this for us, they told us it would be a full experience.
Harmony of the Seas booked this for us, they told us it would be a full experience. Because of a storm that happened 3 days prior, we had less than 10 minutes with the dolphins since they had to fit as many people as they could since ... Read More
Harmony of the Seas booked this for us, they told us it would be a full experience. Because of a storm that happened 3 days prior, we had less than 10 minutes with the dolphins since they had to fit as many people as they could since everything else was closed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Dolphin experience was a lot of fun.
Dolphin experience was a lot of fun. The facility was nice and the included food/drinks were good. However, the snorkeling was not any good. The worst part were the pictures. While they did capture some good ones, the pricing was ... Read More
Dolphin experience was a lot of fun. The facility was nice and the included food/drinks were good. However, the snorkeling was not any good. The worst part were the pictures. While they did capture some good ones, the pricing was outrageous. Literally hundreds at the cheapest. We still decided to buy some since this was a once in a lifetime experience, then we found out they don't take Discover. Unfortunately, that's all we had with us. We were given the option to buy them once back home, but now that we're not in the moment we're debating whether it's really worth the $300?? Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Did Royal Swim at the Dolphin Discovery center.
Did Royal Swim at the Dolphin Discovery center. Highly, highly recommend but book it yourself online and save lots of money. If you do the Royal Swim, get the photo package too. It's worth it. The Royal Swim includes certain ... Read More
Did Royal Swim at the Dolphin Discovery center. Highly, highly recommend but book it yourself online and save lots of money. If you do the Royal Swim, get the photo package too. It's worth it. The Royal Swim includes certain encounter activities which I don't think are available anywhere in the US. The Dolphin Discovery center is within the Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park. The Park is also great. After we did the Royal Swim Dolphin encounter, we spent the rest of the day in the Park. Keep in mind, the food and drink plan Dolphin Discovery sells only works within the relatively small Dolphin Discovery area. However, you can buy a separate food and/or drink package in the Park which works throughout the Park. The Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park is quite simply a big, well maintained and very upscale private beach. However, I'm glad we arrived before 10:30 to save some of the free beach chairs we used after finishing our Royal Swim Dolphin encounter. An easy and reasonably priced cab ride got us there on a good road in about 10 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Fun with dolphins.
Fun with dolphins. Not enough time for snorkeling. Felt like a tourist trap because of price of pictures to buy.
Fun with dolphins. Not enough time for snorkeling. Felt like a tourist trap because of price of pictures to buy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
LOVED IT!
LOVED IT! We got to interact with the dolphins, paddle board or kayak and had a great lunch with open bar
LOVED IT! We got to interact with the dolphins, paddle board or kayak and had a great lunch with open bar Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Loved, loved, loved this excursion.
Loved, loved, loved this excursion. Food and drinks were included in the price. The swim was out of this world. It’s a must do. The dolphins were awesome. The staff was very knowledgeable.
Loved, loved, loved this excursion. Food and drinks were included in the price. The swim was out of this world. It’s a must do. The dolphins were awesome. The staff was very knowledgeable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The location was beautiful, a great place for the dolphins.
The location was beautiful, a great place for the dolphins. The lunch and open bar was delicious and fun; great people.
The location was beautiful, a great place for the dolphins. The lunch and open bar was delicious and fun; great people. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
My sister and brother-in-law took our two teenage children on the dolphin push pull excursion.
My sister and brother-in-law took our two teenage children on the dolphin push pull excursion. Our children loved this adventure.
My sister and brother-in-law took our two teenage children on the dolphin push pull excursion. Our children loved this adventure. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Fun, would recommend.
Fun, would recommend. Did not get to kayak due to rough seas, but everything else really nice. Be warned that pictures are expensive.
Fun, would recommend. Did not get to kayak due to rough seas, but everything else really nice. Be warned that pictures are expensive. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Fun time and interesting.
Fun time and interesting. Enjoyed the experience. Seas were rough so beach part of excursion was cnacelled
Fun time and interesting. Enjoyed the experience. Seas were rough so beach part of excursion was cnacelled Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
My family and I loved this adventure, unlimited dining and drinks.
My family and I loved this adventure, unlimited dining and drinks. The food is okay, but the drinks were AMAZING!
My family and I loved this adventure, unlimited dining and drinks. The food is okay, but the drinks were AMAZING! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Was so much fun but they don't allow you to take your own pics and try to sell you pics that are ...
Was so much fun but they don't allow you to take your own pics and try to sell you pics that are outrageous in cost. The best offer they offered me after I walked away was $130 for 6 pics. No thank you.
Was so much fun but they don't allow you to take your own pics and try to sell you pics that are outrageous in cost. The best offer they offered me after I walked away was $130 for 6 pics. No thank you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
An Amazing Experience for my Grandmother!
An Amazing Experience for my Grandmother!
An Amazing Experience for my Grandmother! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Despite the huge crowds and disorganization the actual dolphin encounter was fabulous
Despite the huge crowds and disorganization the actual dolphin encounter was fabulous
Despite the huge crowds and disorganization the actual dolphin encounter was fabulous Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Dolphin Swim and Lunch Included was a fun experience.
Dolphin Swim and Lunch Included was a fun experience. Food was o.k. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers were a bit odd tasting, but, fajita meat, chips, and sides were great!
Dolphin Swim and Lunch Included was a fun experience. Food was o.k. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers were a bit odd tasting, but, fajita meat, chips, and sides were great! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Poor dolphins in such small pools.
Poor dolphins in such small pools. Not a lot of history or facts shared about them during the encounter. You weren’t allowed to use your phones, and pictures were $40 each!!!! Robbery!
Poor dolphins in such small pools. Not a lot of history or facts shared about them during the encounter. You weren’t allowed to use your phones, and pictures were $40 each!!!! Robbery! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We thought this excursion was excellent!
We thought this excursion was excellent! We had about 45 minutes in the water with the dolphins where we were able to hug kiss and swim with them. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. A buffet lunch was included in our tour giving us ... Read More
We thought this excursion was excellent! We had about 45 minutes in the water with the dolphins where we were able to hug kiss and swim with them. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. A buffet lunch was included in our tour giving us two options of Mexican food and American food. All drinks are included in the six grade and as well alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Whether extra time we had access to snorkel with stingrays, use paddleboards, and kayaks. We felt like we got a lot for the money that we paid and we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line