We booked this excursion through our cruise ship, Celebrity Equinox. What a fantastic afternoon at Loro Park - although the day for us did not begin so auspiciously - long story, but our daughter has mobility issues, and her ship-owned ... Read More
We booked this excursion through our cruise ship, Celebrity Equinox. What a fantastic afternoon at Loro Park - although the day for us did not begin so auspiciously - long story, but our daughter has mobility issues, and her ship-owned wheelchair was accidentally broken by a ship employee who was trying to "help" us off the ship - he thought he was stronger than he is and he lost control of the wheelchair heading down the gangway! She was fine, thank goodness, but the wheelchair broke, the plastic bending (I've never seen plastic bend like that!). We should have gotten a new chair from the ship immediately, but we were not aware of the extent of the damages until we arrived at Loro Park and realized that the chair was unusable! My daughter cannot walk at all on her own, so a vacation disaster was averted by our excellent shore excursion tour guide and the very helpful staff at Loro Park. They were able to get a power scooter for her - I don't know how they pulled this off as it was noon time, which means late by park attendance standards and it was quite crowded - so to have a scooter available, when you have to reserve one in advace - well, I believe they pulled something off on our behalf and we are so grateful. So, once we were finally able to go mobile, we carefully planned our afternoon, as after the mobility debacle, we only had 4.5 hours to see this magnificent park!
We looked at the show schedule and the map and planned our time strategically. We saw the sea lion show, the dolphin show and the orca show! WOW, all were fantastic!!!! There is a synergy between the sea creatures and their trainers, a mutual respect, you can just feel it. The Penguinarium is like nothing I have ever seen - snow falls from the ceiling; there is a snow slide for the penguins to slide down; the walkway for the people moves around the huge penguin enclosure so all you have to do is stand on it and it takes you around so you see everything, even under the water, so that you see the penguins swimming beneath the surface! The entire park itself is very very clean and exceptionally well maintained. We loved the enclosed bird area as you walk in, climb high, as though you are Tarzan walking in the upper branches of the trees, but on walkways - you get within inches of beautiful colorful birds!
When you enter the park, a photo is taken of your group with two huge birds on their perches - it only cost 6 Euro, and it turned out beautifully, so we had to buy it! We highly recommend Loro Park, we would love to return and spend more time there! Read Less