Nassau Dolphin Encounter Excursion Reviews

Get up close and personal with the world's smartest marine mammals with an amazing dolphin encounter.
Deep water swim - try to get earliest time available
Deep water swim - try to get earliest time available
Deep water swim - try to get earliest time available Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Actual encounter was good.
Actual encounter was good. Disappointed one had to wait and watch everyone else's encounter. Time was limited, and children wished to use the beach. A time slot for each group, taking 10 people at a time may be a better idea. ... Read More
Actual encounter was good. Disappointed one had to wait and watch everyone else's encounter. Time was limited, and children wished to use the beach. A time slot for each group, taking 10 people at a time may be a better idea. Photos were overpriced and rationale that cameras on platform are a no-no for the safety of the dolphins difficult to believe when operators have cameras on the platforms. Clearly a cash grab. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Dolphin encounter was fun, but ultimately expensive as you cannot take photos with your own ...
Dolphin encounter was fun, but ultimately expensive as you cannot take photos with your own cameras, and during the dancing, kissing, hugging and high-fiving with your dolphin and trainer, there are staff taking many photos which are all ... Read More
Dolphin encounter was fun, but ultimately expensive as you cannot take photos with your own cameras, and during the dancing, kissing, hugging and high-fiving with your dolphin and trainer, there are staff taking many photos which are all for sale afterward. The ferry boat ride from the port terminal is very pleasant, and the Bahamian staff are all friendly and fun. I mis-read the excursion fine print, I guess, and the lunch and complimentary drink I thought we would all be getting was not included, so we paid even more buying lunch and drinks. Do yourself a favor and since you're already paying for lunch out of pocket, pay a bit extra for the buffet lunch because if you order a hog dog and conch fritters, you will wait in a line for almost an hour, while people who ordered after you get their food before you and it's very, very frustrating. Turned a nice 45 minutes with the dolphins into not such an enjoyable experience. At least the buffet is out and ready to help yourself, even if it is a bit expensive. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Fun encounter with dolphins -- dancing, kissing, pictures.
Fun encounter with dolphins -- dancing, kissing, pictures. Balmoral Island is crowded with tourists and extraordinarily overpriced.
Fun encounter with dolphins -- dancing, kissing, pictures. Balmoral Island is crowded with tourists and extraordinarily overpriced. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
What a sweet experience to kiss and hug a well trained dolphin.
What a sweet experience to kiss and hug a well trained dolphin. Something everyone should do at least once. Photos a bit pricey at $16.00 each but there are packages you can buy and you can have your photos but on a disc for one price or ... Read More
What a sweet experience to kiss and hug a well trained dolphin. Something everyone should do at least once. Photos a bit pricey at $16.00 each but there are packages you can buy and you can have your photos but on a disc for one price or have them emailed at a better price. All photos and video disc was around $137.00 give or take 20 bucks...I don't recall. I had 6 photos emailed to me for $40.00 plus tax. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Balmoral Island has the best Dolphin Experience in Nassau hands down.
Balmoral Island has the best Dolphin Experience in Nassau hands down. Great pricing....fun , interactive and informative.
Balmoral Island has the best Dolphin Experience in Nassau hands down. Great pricing....fun , interactive and informative. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Small group made it nice.
Small group made it nice. Bad was the price for their pictures $89-$129 and no personal cameras allowed.
Small group made it nice. Bad was the price for their pictures $89-$129 and no personal cameras allowed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was enjoyable but a bit disappointing.
Was enjoyable but a bit disappointing. We got to touch the dolphin and our guide was very informative but it was more education than interaction.
Was enjoyable but a bit disappointing. We got to touch the dolphin and our guide was very informative but it was more education than interaction. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The trainers are great and plenty of time was spent with the dolphins.
The trainers are great and plenty of time was spent with the dolphins. No Go-Pros allowed though. :-(
The trainers are great and plenty of time was spent with the dolphins. No Go-Pros allowed though. :-( Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Thought we would like this, but it was humiliating to see what they have the dolphins do and in ...
Thought we would like this, but it was humiliating to see what they have the dolphins do and in such small areas. We were marooned on the island for 4.5 hours. There was no way to get back to the ship. It was an extremely hot day and ... Read More
Thought we would like this, but it was humiliating to see what they have the dolphins do and in such small areas. We were marooned on the island for 4.5 hours. There was no way to get back to the ship. It was an extremely hot day and there was no shade on the island except for uncomfortable benches for the sea lion show. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Dolphin show was good.
Dolphin show was good. The area is a man-made pool (smells strong of fish and dolphin poop); Cameras are not allowed near the dolphins but pictures can be purchased. Groups of 6 - 8 people are made after donning wet suits. kind of short ... Read More
Dolphin show was good. The area is a man-made pool (smells strong of fish and dolphin poop); Cameras are not allowed near the dolphins but pictures can be purchased. Groups of 6 - 8 people are made after donning wet suits. kind of short for all the waiting we did. About 40 mins. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
4) NASSAU EXCURSION - Dolphin Excursion Cost $260 (not including pictures) Again too many people ...
4) NASSAU EXCURSION - Dolphin Excursion Cost $260 (not including pictures) Again too many people booked so little value for your $ & alot of wait time. I pre-booked the swim with the dolphins excursion for one of my kids & myself ... Read More
4) NASSAU EXCURSION - Dolphin Excursion Cost $260 (not including pictures) Again too many people booked so little value for your $ & alot of wait time. I pre-booked the swim with the dolphins excursion for one of my kids & myself as an observer. I was told that I would be able to take pictures during the activity as an observer. We waited to check-in, waited to dis-embark, waited to get our excursion tickets, waited to get all the buses boarded, and then waited another 20min for the Atlantis folks to come in and do the dolphin orientation. They grouped up everyone - our group had 13 folks in it! My child got to interact with the dolphin only "4" times, pet its belly, high 5, feed it a fish, and bill kiss. She did watch as it did the same with the other 12 in her group. They stood with their backs to the shore so as an observer it offered LITTLE VALUE, when I walked into the water ankle deep to try & get a picture the life guard came over & told me to "get out of the water". The Atlantis photographer did take some pictures of each group. When they were done they & wetsuits returned we were moved to the gift shop. If you wanted to see the pictures the Atlantis photographer took there was a 30min wait in line & the pictures were $32 each. We had to walk 20min to the other side of Atlantis to get the bus back to Nassau, so we were left with little time to shop. This was fine as I was really a bit uncomfortable (2 females alone) shopping on the Nassau. We did make it to a couple shops & then had to make our way back to the ship to make it by departure time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
We loved the beach where we waited until our encounter time was called.
We loved the beach where we waited until our encounter time was called. The water, food, and drinks were over priced and we felt stuck as we were hungry and thirsty and felt we had to pay too much. Our experience with the dolphins met ... Read More
We loved the beach where we waited until our encounter time was called. The water, food, and drinks were over priced and we felt stuck as we were hungry and thirsty and felt we had to pay too much. Our experience with the dolphins met all expectations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We chose the dolphin encounter in the pool, where you stand on the platform and the dolphin comes ...
We chose the dolphin encounter in the pool, where you stand on the platform and the dolphin comes to you for hugs, kisses, dances, etc. Very fun for all of us, the kids loved it, and the location is beautiful.
We chose the dolphin encounter in the pool, where you stand on the platform and the dolphin comes to you for hugs, kisses, dances, etc. Very fun for all of us, the kids loved it, and the location is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our excursion was amazing!!!
Our excursion was amazing!!! The dolphin trainers allowed us to touch and play with the dolphins and we learned so much!!
Our excursion was amazing!!! The dolphin trainers allowed us to touch and play with the dolphins and we learned so much!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Loved this!
Loved this! The trainers were fun and the dolphins love to play. Very well organized.
Loved this! The trainers were fun and the dolphins love to play. Very well organized. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It took a lengthy ride in a boat to get to the island where the dolphins were.
It took a lengthy ride in a boat to get to the island where the dolphins were. The whole process was quite slow. It was great to be with the dolphin, but it took 5 1/2 hours out of our day for it to happen. Wish it could be done in a ... Read More
It took a lengthy ride in a boat to get to the island where the dolphins were. The whole process was quite slow. It was great to be with the dolphin, but it took 5 1/2 hours out of our day for it to happen. Wish it could be done in a shorter, more efficient way. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Internet went down and we weren't able to purchase our photos
Internet went down and we weren't able to purchase our photos
Internet went down and we weren't able to purchase our photos Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
NOT ENOUGH TIME for all we paid for...
NOT ENOUGH TIME for all we paid for... do one thing, that is about all the time you have. We didn't even wait for dolphin pics because the line was silly and we were running out of time.
NOT ENOUGH TIME for all we paid for... do one thing, that is about all the time you have. We didn't even wait for dolphin pics because the line was silly and we were running out of time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Once in a lifetime experience!!!
Once in a lifetime experience!!! One we will never forget.
Once in a lifetime experience!!! One we will never forget. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent trip, had a great time interacting with the dolphins.
Excellent trip, had a great time interacting with the dolphins.
Excellent trip, had a great time interacting with the dolphins. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was so neat.
It was so neat. We were able to touch and learn about the Dolphins. Great pics with the Dolphin we were with
It was so neat. We were able to touch and learn about the Dolphins. Great pics with the Dolphin we were with Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We booked the Balmoral Island Dolphin Encounter since it was cheaper than other options during the ...
We booked the Balmoral Island Dolphin Encounter since it was cheaper than other options during the cruise. It's about a 30-minute ride to the island. Other people did dolphin swims or stingray encounters or even just a beach break. ... Read More
We booked the Balmoral Island Dolphin Encounter since it was cheaper than other options during the cruise. It's about a 30-minute ride to the island. Other people did dolphin swims or stingray encounters or even just a beach break. Our encounter was fun and we certainly will remember it. The problem was that to purchase a photo, you have to pay $89 for a CD of all photos. After getting this excursion when Royal had a 10-20% off sale, we paid $89 each. So getting a photo(s) was just as much as the excursion. We declined. But we also got about 2-3 hours of beach time with free chairs and umbrellas, and the island has great drinks and food. It shares the island with Sandals. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excursion-Dolphin beach break Boat ride over was about 45 minutes.
Excursion-Dolphin beach break Boat ride over was about 45 minutes. No safety drill, no communication until we got back requesting a tip. Beach was beautiful, plenty of chairs. Water was freezing! Got to spend 10 minutes with the ... Read More
Excursion-Dolphin beach break Boat ride over was about 45 minutes. No safety drill, no communication until we got back requesting a tip. Beach was beautiful, plenty of chairs. Water was freezing! Got to spend 10 minutes with the dolphins. Which with the water feeling like you stepped into a cooler full of ice was more than enough time. Perhaps going at a different time of year would be better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Absolutely wonderful!
Absolutely wonderful! The dolphin trainer was very excited and knowledgeable. Be warned that picture prices are steep (ex: it cost my husband and I almost $100 for the photo package together).
Absolutely wonderful! The dolphin trainer was very excited and knowledgeable. Be warned that picture prices are steep (ex: it cost my husband and I almost $100 for the photo package together). Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line