I could give this a 5 for the actual dolphin interaction, or a 3 (or even a 2) for the rest of it, so I'll go with a 4. VERY chaotic on Nassau day as there were 5 ships in port, so there was trouble even getting with the right group ... Read More
I could give this a 5 for the actual dolphin interaction, or a 3 (or even a 2) for the rest of it, so I'll go with a 4. VERY chaotic on Nassau day as there were 5 ships in port, so there was trouble even getting with the right group and getting on the right boat over to Blue Lagoon. We finally got with the right group and got on the boat, then stopped 10 minutes later to pick up a LOT of hotel guests from Atlantis and other Paradise Island resorts. This was at least a 20-minute stop to load guests, so between this and the initial confusion, we went from a 12:50 meeting time on the pier to not arriving at Blue Lagoon until after 2pm! Once there, we received an introductory briefing and, in a nice touch, some information about dolphin conservancy and so forth. Then we were suited up with wetsuits and life jackets, and sent to the platform to swim. There were 8 people in our group -- 4 sets of 2. Everyone got into the water at the same time and did some introductory stuff (spinning in circles in the water while the 2 dolphins did so as well, touching them as they swam by on both their tummy and back, etc.), but then each group of 2 got to go through a bunch of other maneuvers with the 2 dolphins. This included "dancing" (holding their fins), kissing, hugging, feeding, and even touching their teeth. After each group of 2 had this interaction time with the dolphins, we all sat back on the dock. Then, one at a time, each person got in the water for the "foot push". This involved waiting in a designated spot with your arms out and your feet straight back, with your knees locked, for the two dolphins to swim up behind you and each put a nose on your foot and push you all the way across the lagoon!! Everyone in our group was successful with this maneuver (only the first boy, a teenager, did not successfully raise himself high enough out of the water, so he got a faceful of water the whole way).
The dolphin interaction time was great and better than what we had done at Atlantis on a previous trip (although that one was just an "interaction", not a "swim"). That said, Atlantis has got the SALES aspect of the dolphin encounters down much better than Blue Lagoon -- it was CHAOS at the TV screens afterwards with everyone from all the different interactions vying to see their pictures at the same time, and not enough staff to help. We waited about 30 minutes in line (until we were next) just in time to be told "sorry, it's too late to order photos, you have to go back to your ship". We were given a website and a coupon and told to look them up online when we got home. Which we did, and which did work (I've already received my photos), but it was just chaotic on the day. And if that is an option, they should publicize it a bit better, because I'm certain more people would prefer to wait until they get home to do it. The return trip to the ships again included the stop for hotel guests. I'd recommend a different ferry for hotel and cruise ship guests to cut out this time delay. Read Less