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.
Wife and other daughter loved it, had a great expirence!
Wife and other daughter loved it, had a great expirence!
Wife and other daughter loved it, had a great expirence! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The ships dock here.
The ships dock here. There were two other ships in port with us, both Carnival. I had booked the Dolphin Royal Swim. I walked around the port for about two hours since the early Dolphin tour was at 11:15am. I did not purchase anything ... Read More
The ships dock here. There were two other ships in port with us, both Carnival. I had booked the Dolphin Royal Swim. I walked around the port for about two hours since the early Dolphin tour was at 11:15am. I did not purchase anything until after my tour, I did not want to carry anything around with me since it was so hot and humid. The dolphin tour sorted us into groups of 8 and we took taxis to the park about 10 minutes down the road. My tour included the fancy better food at the restaurant and included drinks and adult beverages. I also purchased the photo package for $100 purchased from the park (not included). You put your stuff in the lockers which has everyone both male and female and has dressing rooms in the back with open air showers. The toilets are separate. The dolphins were great. We each got to do two rides. First, where you grab onto two dolphins dorsal or top fin and hold on for your life. They are very powerful, fast and were such fun. The second is where the dolphins push your feet until you are out of the water. You are in the water with them for about 30-45 minutes. The pens are in the ocean not a tank. The waves from the ocean are there and can sometimes move you about a bit. Once you are done, they have taxis sorted for your return at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Once I returned to the port, I purchased my treasures and returned to the ship. The Carnival ship next to us was leaving before us. Their captain honked the ship’s horn trying to get his passengers back on board. It was so funny to watch the late ones run for the ship. The captain even honked the horn for us as our passengers we remaking the horn signal with their arms. It was lots of entertainment for us on our balconies. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I have to admit: i thought the whole “swimming with the dolphins” experience would be overrated.
I have to admit: i thought the whole “swimming with the dolphins” experience would be overrated. I was wrong. It was totally magical, and i fell in love with the entire experience. We got to belly rub, kiss, hug, and ride on the ... Read More
I have to admit: i thought the whole “swimming with the dolphins” experience would be overrated. I was wrong. It was totally magical, and i fell in love with the entire experience. We got to belly rub, kiss, hug, and ride on the dolphin, which sounds weird but was actually pretty cool. Highly recommend it for anyone, and we saved tons of money by booking it through the dolphinaris website rather than through Carnival. Lunch and unlimited drinks were provided. Photos are more expensive than the actual excursion, so we didn’t actually buy any...at least we have our memories! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was a wonderful experience.
This was a wonderful experience. I have swam with dolphins before. This was not rushed at all. They kept our group of 6 together. The manatee experience was new and very cool. We each got to pet and feed the manatee!
This was a wonderful experience. I have swam with dolphins before. This was not rushed at all. They kept our group of 6 together. The manatee experience was new and very cool. We each got to pet and feed the manatee! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was by far the best part of our vacation.
This was by far the best part of our vacation. Everyone loved it. Very cool to get in the water with the Dolphin.
This was by far the best part of our vacation. Everyone loved it. Very cool to get in the water with the Dolphin. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Was great fun.
Was great fun. Boring lunch, free beer. The teenagers loved the dolphins, we sat on the deck watching them. Of course, you are not allowed to take pictures, but it is possible to make a deal if you really want some. It is Mexico after all, ... Read More
Was great fun. Boring lunch, free beer. The teenagers loved the dolphins, we sat on the deck watching them. Of course, you are not allowed to take pictures, but it is possible to make a deal if you really want some. It is Mexico after all, the stated price is only a starting point. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was great.
It was great. Than we saw members of our group show up independently for $25 cheaper per person. I went with a group of 10, so collectively we donated $250 to RCI.
It was great. Than we saw members of our group show up independently for $25 cheaper per person. I went with a group of 10, so collectively we donated $250 to RCI. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our granddaughter swam with the dolphins and had the time of her life.
Our granddaughter swam with the dolphins and had the time of her life. A buffet meal was served and the food was very good.
Our granddaughter swam with the dolphins and had the time of her life. A buffet meal was served and the food was very good. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Cozumel is beautiful!
Cozumel is beautiful! Swim with the dolphins, its a once in a life time experience.
Cozumel is beautiful! Swim with the dolphins, its a once in a life time experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The whole family's favorite excursion.
The whole family's favorite excursion. Loved seeing these fish up close and personal and being with them in their surroundings.
The whole family's favorite excursion. Loved seeing these fish up close and personal and being with them in their surroundings. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The trainer was awesome and Chakanaab is beautiful!
The trainer was awesome and Chakanaab is beautiful! The food was ok, the drinks were good.
The trainer was awesome and Chakanaab is beautiful! The food was ok, the drinks were good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Bucket list item, did not disappoint!
Bucket list item, did not disappoint!
Bucket list item, did not disappoint! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our shore experience was Amazing!!
Our shore experience was Amazing!! We got to swim with a dolphin. There was a lot of interaction with this activity. The guide was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone got to interact with the dolphin for every activity.
Our shore experience was Amazing!! We got to swim with a dolphin. There was a lot of interaction with this activity. The guide was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone got to interact with the dolphin for every activity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
I would highly recommend the dolphin swim, the resort is excellent, all inclusive food and drinks, ...
I would highly recommend the dolphin swim, the resort is excellent, all inclusive food and drinks, the staff were well trained, very friendly and ensured everyone had a great experience with the dolphins, definitely a tour to try.
I would highly recommend the dolphin swim, the resort is excellent, all inclusive food and drinks, the staff were well trained, very friendly and ensured everyone had a great experience with the dolphins, definitely a tour to try. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Everything from bus ride to end was awesome.
Everything from bus ride to end was awesome. Kids loved it and the lagoon swimming after the dolphins was amazing hundreds of colorful fish and some were 2’ swimming right along with us
Everything from bus ride to end was awesome. Kids loved it and the lagoon swimming after the dolphins was amazing hundreds of colorful fish and some were 2’ swimming right along with us Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We went to Dolphinaris for the Dolphin Encounter.
We went to Dolphinaris for the Dolphin Encounter. I loved being in the water with the dolphins but be aware that the water is very cold. Be more aware if you try to snorkel in their little lagoon. I didn't wear water shoes and I ... Read More
We went to Dolphinaris for the Dolphin Encounter. I loved being in the water with the dolphins but be aware that the water is very cold. Be more aware if you try to snorkel in their little lagoon. I didn't wear water shoes and I got stung badly by something in the water. It was either a baby stingray or a Bearded Fireworm. They didn't have anything right there to help with the pain, and they pretty much ignored me. The food is just okay, the open bar drinks are very good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
So much fun!!!!
So much fun!!!! I loved swimming with the dolphins. The trainers were so friendly and the experience was wonderful. Or package included lunch and a beach break. The beaches were beautiful and the lunch was delicious!
So much fun!!!! I loved swimming with the dolphins. The trainers were so friendly and the experience was wonderful. Or package included lunch and a beach break. The beaches were beautiful and the lunch was delicious! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
it felt like a factory tour of a dolphin encounter.
it felt like a factory tour of a dolphin encounter. place was ok the 'interactive snorkel' with the stingrays was a factory tour also
it felt like a factory tour of a dolphin encounter. place was ok the 'interactive snorkel' with the stingrays was a factory tour also Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
To short, no educational value and gross food.
To short, no educational value and gross food.
To short, no educational value and gross food. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Amazing!
Amazing! Do this! There is plenty to do. It’s slippery on the stairs so be careful! But it’s amazing! My daughter was in tears she was so happy. The taxi dropped us off across the street in a shopping plaza from where we got picked up. ... Read More
Amazing! Do this! There is plenty to do. It’s slippery on the stairs so be careful! But it’s amazing! My daughter was in tears she was so happy. The taxi dropped us off across the street in a shopping plaza from where we got picked up. Seemed off but we figured it out. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was the best experience of my life.
Was the best experience of my life. Was able to ride the dolphin and kiss them and touch them. A must do especially if you have kids
Was the best experience of my life. Was able to ride the dolphin and kiss them and touch them. A must do especially if you have kids Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Great experience to do once.
Great experience to do once. We did the Push-Pull, and even my 6 year old participated. Only complaint is that you can't take your own pictures, and they focus the entire experience around getting pictures to sell you. Kids absolutely ... Read More
Great experience to do once. We did the Push-Pull, and even my 6 year old participated. Only complaint is that you can't take your own pictures, and they focus the entire experience around getting pictures to sell you. Kids absolutely loved it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent!!!
Excellent!!! The Dolphin Sanctuary is used to dealing with 100 guests daily. On this day they had 8 cruise ships to deal with and some irritated guests and I'm sorry to say I was one of them. Apologies to the staff who dealt with the ... Read More
Excellent!!! The Dolphin Sanctuary is used to dealing with 100 guests daily. On this day they had 8 cruise ships to deal with and some irritated guests and I'm sorry to say I was one of them. Apologies to the staff who dealt with the situation in a professional manner. The time we spent with the Dolphin was amazing. They were clearly well looked after. The staff were very knowledgeable about the Dolphins and their individual needs. The Dolphins appeared to be having as much fun as us. Food and drink is included in this excursion. As this was a surprise to us we enjoyed the food on offer. It is done buffet style. Soft drinks at the food court and a separate bar available AFTER you've swam with the dolphins. A GREAT EXPERIENCE. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
On the day we we were at Dolphinaris in Cozumel the facility was unprepared for the large number of ...
On the day we we were at Dolphinaris in Cozumel the facility was unprepared for the large number of guests (there were 8! cruise ships in the harbor!): they had some trouble organizing the large numbers of people on site. However, once we ... Read More
On the day we we were at Dolphinaris in Cozumel the facility was unprepared for the large number of guests (there were 8! cruise ships in the harbor!): they had some trouble organizing the large numbers of people on site. However, once we accessed our dolphin experience, we had a great time. And the food buffets were plentiful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Went to Dolphinaris for the dolphin swim/ride program.
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 ... Read More
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). Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International