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woodchuck
12-25-2010, 04:52 PM
We would love to do one of these but cannot decide which one to do. It would be DH, DS(8) and myself. Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim or Sea Lion Encounter? If you have done one or both which one did you like better and why?

justmestace
12-25-2010, 04:57 PM
I did the sea lion swim a couple of years ago and loved it. It's limited to only 6 or 8 people....we had only 5....and it was so awesome. I had no idea that sea lions leap and turn like dolphins, and he pulled each of us along in the water. They had a photographer out there with us the whole time, so we were able to get a DVD. I think it's much more personalized than the dolphin swims. They also let me take my own water-proof camera and take pictures myself.

woodchuck
12-26-2010, 07:18 PM
Thank you :) the more we look into this both of them sound good..... I think that we might do the Sea Lion one :thumbsup2

tigger30066
12-26-2010, 08:26 PM
We loved the sea lions. We just got back Dec 2. They were awesome and one of the highlights from our trip. We did not get to "swim" with them however. We were able to touch them and feed them fish. We also got to get a kiss from the sea lions. Just don't want you to be dissapointed if you think you actually get to swim with them. I would totally do it again.

disney 2010
12-26-2010, 11:38 PM
We did the dolphin swim and LOVED it. It was an amazing once in a lifetime adventure. :) Blue lagoon is beautiful you will enjoy either excursion.

Malaguti Ball Clan
12-27-2010, 11:12 AM
Our family enjoyed the dolphin swim immensely :goodvibes the dolphin "push" was very cool and we were able to take video and still's above and below the water. We also bought the DVD and photo book so we have some great photo's and video's. We plan on doing it again, we love blue lagoon island! Good luck with your choice, and I hope you enjoy your adventure as much as we did. - Alex

DisneyDreamer09
12-27-2010, 11:06 PM
I am also undecided about which to do with my DH on our Dream Cruise in March. We wanted to possibly do both and also see Atlantis' "The Dig." With all of the boat transfers from island to island, I do not know if this is possible. Sometimes the alotted times for these types of excursions are over-exagerated, and you are left with a lot of down time. Has anyone ever experienced them both? Or have any other advice to give? Thanks for any and all help!

disney 2010
12-28-2010, 09:30 AM
We met at 9:30 for the dolphin swim and were rushed to make the 1:30 return catamaran. (we viewed our video, bought photos and rushed to board) it might be a stretch to do the sea lions and make the 2:30 return...the next/last return is at 4ish ( I can't remember 4 or 430)

PhilUK
12-28-2010, 01:33 PM
Difficult decision to have to make!
We did the Dolphin Encounter a few years ago - Absolutely Amazing!
Our Son will be 13 on our next Cruise in April. I've booked the Sea Lion Encounter as a surprise for him !

Phil :)

woodchuck
12-28-2010, 08:06 PM
We want to surpise our DS (8) with one but I still do not know which one :confused3 I would love to do the swim but DH would love to see the sea Lions.... Our trip is in May :confused3

tigger30066
12-28-2010, 09:08 PM
Go with the sea lions. You still can see the dolphins and use the beach, which is beautiful. You can swim with dolphins in many locations, but sea lions are not so available. JMO.

Purplejewel
12-29-2010, 06:54 AM
My DH and I did the Sea Lion Excursion last January and it was fantastic. Not to say that the Dolphin Excursion wouldn't also be wonderful, but I have a huge love of dogs and sea lions are like dogs that live in the water. Unlike dolphins, sea lions can make facial expressions which adds to their cuteness. The trainer had our sea lion do sound affects that were hillarious and there is nothing like getting a kiss from a sea lion - cold, wet and fuzzy! My DH chickened out and opted for a kiss on the cheek but I did the "lip kiss" and the picture I got of it was so adorable. We are planning on taking our four daughters on the Sea Lion Excursion when we take them on their 1st Disney Cruise on the "Dream" in November of 2011 and they have all told me they want "lip kisses" from the sea lion - those will be priceless photos :goodvibes Whichever excursion you choose, I know you will enjoy it.

Tuliplvr
12-29-2010, 07:36 AM
We did the dolphin encounter with my kids 7 and 10. They said it was the best moment of their lives! We got some fantastic pictures. Truly a memorable experience.

woodchuck
12-30-2010, 07:01 AM
My DH and I did the Sea Lion Excursion last January and it was fantastic. Not to say that the Dolphin Excursion wouldn't also be wonderful, but I have a huge love of dogs and sea lions are like dogs that live in the water. Unlike dolphins, sea lions can make facial expressions which adds to their cuteness. The trainer had our sea lion do sound affects that were hillarious and there is nothing like getting a kiss from a sea lion - cold, wet and fuzzy! My DH chickened out and opted for a kiss on the cheek but I did the "lip kiss" and the picture I got of it was so adorable. We are planning on taking our four daughters on the Sea Lion Excursion when we take them on their 1st Disney Cruise on the "Dream" in November of 2011 and they have all told me they want "lip kisses" from the sea lion - those will be priceless photos :goodvibes Whichever excursion you choose, I know you will enjoy it.

thank you so much your post just helped me to go with the Sea lion Exursion :thumbsup2 DS will love this. Are you able to take your own video/photos?

woodchuck
12-30-2010, 07:07 AM
Anyone have any Sea Lion photos that they would love to share??

disney 2010
12-30-2010, 09:25 AM
thank you so much your post just helped me to go with the Sea lion Exursion :thumbsup2 DS will love this. Are you able to take your own video/photos?

For some reason you can take your own photos with the dolphins but the sea lion encounters you are not allowed to. Make sure to take some cash or credit card with you so you can purchase theirs they do a good job with the pics. Also pack your camera as you can take photos before and after at blue lagoon of the animals in the water. We got lots of great dolphin shots before we even started our swim.

scootch
12-30-2010, 10:08 AM
These are from Discovery Cove in Orlando(:thumbsup2 great place by the way). The pics are incredible.
http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/xx344/scootch/M111709_00_1772.jpg

mybeachbabies
12-30-2010, 01:36 PM
We just booked a cruise on the Dream for Nov. and I have a few questions for those who have done the Blue Lagoon Sea Lion and Dolphin Encounters.

Can 1 adult accompany 2 children (ages 7 and 9) during the encounter or does there have to be an adult for each child?

Do you have to drive anywhere to get to the boat that takes you to Blue Lagoon or do you just walk to a different area? If you walk, is the area safe?

We will also have a 3 year old and a 1 year old with us so I would like to avoid driving or buses if possible.

woodchuck
12-30-2010, 06:20 PM
For some reason you can take your own photos with the dolphins but the sea lion encounters you are not allowed to. Make sure to take some cash or credit card with you so you can purchase theirs they do a good job with the pics. Also pack your camera as you can take photos before and after at blue lagoon of the animals in the water. We got lots of great dolphin shots before we even started our swim.

:sad1: That is so sad that you can not take your own video/photo

disney 2010
12-30-2010, 07:00 PM
We just booked a cruise on the Dream for Nov. and I have a few questions for those who have done the Blue Lagoon Sea Lion and Dolphin Encounters.

Can 1 adult accompany 2 children (ages 7 and 9) during the encounter or does there have to be an adult for each child?

Do you have to drive anywhere to get to the boat that takes you to Blue Lagoon or do you just walk to a different area? If you walk, is the area safe?

We will also have a 3 year old and a 1 year old with us so I would like to avoid driving or buses if possible.

If you do the encounter you are in shallow water. If you do the swim you have life jackets on so I would think one adults and 2 kids would be allowed.
If you do the dcl excursion you meet on board and they escort you on a short ( 5 min?) walk to the dock where the catamaran is. I'm not sure how you get the other adults/children to accompany. The beach day excursion or the observer pass but i believe they will have register on one of the blue lagoon excursions to join you:confused3

woodchuck
12-31-2010, 08:21 PM
When are you able to book the exursion???

We sail in May...

tigger30066
12-31-2010, 09:41 PM
Anyone have any Sea Lion photos that they would love to share??

http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx108/c304407/BeckyandSeaLion.jpg

woodchuck
01-01-2011, 02:27 PM
I love your photo :thumbsup2 Thank you for sharing. You look like you had so much fun. I can not wait until we get to bring DS :cool1:

tigger30066
01-01-2011, 02:33 PM
It was awesome. Just putting picture in frame this morning. Just so you know with the pictures at Blue Lagoon. They let you mix the pictures in the package. We got 3 5x7 and 2 magnets for $40 I think. That way you can get individual as well as a group picture. Just make sure you bring cash.

woodchuck
01-01-2011, 02:44 PM
Thank you :thumbsup2

just 1 more question if you book the first one of the day when you are done is there time to go to the beach????

tigger30066
01-01-2011, 02:53 PM
Thank you :thumbsup2

just 1 more question if you book the first one of the day when you are done is there time to go to the beach????

Yes. We were the first ones, and we were done and took the first boat back at 1:30 I think. We had about an hour to watch the dolphins before it was time for the first boat. We wanted to back to go to the spa, but we had about 3 to 4 hours to spend on beach if we wanted. We were also on a budget so we wanted to eat lunch on the boat for free. :)

woodchuck
01-01-2011, 02:59 PM
We are going to get the first 1 :thumbsup2 or at least try too.....

mousetravel
01-01-2011, 03:05 PM
My daughter did the Dolphin Swim excursion, and I just did the observer. It was amazing and she loved it! I have details and photos in my cruise trip report.

woodchuck
01-01-2011, 03:31 PM
Thank you for sharing... I loved your TR :thumbsup2

scootch
01-02-2011, 10:50 AM
What time is the first sea lion encounter?

woodchuck
01-02-2011, 12:23 PM
I went to this web site http://bestonbahamas.com/sea-lion-encounter.html
it has two time 8:30 and 10:30. I could not find it any where on the DCL site :sad2:. We have to wait 32 more days until we can book ours :cool1: let the count down start :laughing:
If anyone know where the times are on the DCL site can they please post it :surfweb: ???

disney 2010
01-02-2011, 12:31 PM
http://www.dolphinencounters.com/island-all.php

This is the link to blue lagoon where dcl will take you.
The 1st meeting on board was 9:30 am. All excursions going to blue lagoon leave together on the same catamaran. We did our dolphin swim information session almost immediately after arriving. It just takes a few minutes to sort who is going where.

FYI should you forget you $$ or change your mind you will find your photos on this site after and can order online.:)

woodchuck
01-02-2011, 12:38 PM
Thank you :thumbsup2 that site is the info for the dolphon's :thumbsup2

Here is the site for the sea lion http://www.dolphinencounters.com/programs-sealion.php

disney 2010
01-02-2011, 12:57 PM
Thank you :thumbsup2 that site is the info for the dolphon's :thumbsup2

Here is the site for the sea lion http://www.dolphinencounters.com/programs-sealion.php

Blue lagoon runs the sea lion, dolphin and beach day excursion. Their site will provide you with info on everything the island has to offer. Just follow the links.

DisneyDreamer09
01-03-2011, 10:32 PM
Also, if you go to www.disneycruise.com, then click on Cruise and Destinations, then click Port Adventures, then select Nassau, Bahamas from the drop down menu on the far right hand side, you can click on the Blue Lagoon trips.

After calling Disney Cruise, they told me I had the choice of two times in March, 9:30 or 12:45 for both the Dolphin Swim and the Sea Lion Encounters. They said they also have a 2:30 time rarely offered, if the ship is staying later at the port.

Technically, it would work to do both, provided they are not both sold out, but you would not be able to do anything else, such as Atlantis.

Also, you can book directly with Blue Lagoon dolphin encounters at their website or by phone, just do not mention you are with DCL, otherwise, they will state that they have signed a contract with Disney stating that they will not book any of their cruisers. If you simply call and do not mention the ship you are coming from, they can give you a discount for doing one or both of their encounters. They also mentioned on the phone that they give most of their spots to DCL anyway, so your best chances, according to them, is to book with Disney.

I hope this helps. When we were able to book at our 75 days out (first time cruisers, here), they had some available times for both the swim and the encounter, but we decided to go to Atlantis instead, and experience these on another cruise :). Happy Sailing and I hope this helped somewhat.

woodchuck
01-05-2011, 07:17 AM
Thank you DisneyDreamer09 and Disney 2010 you both have been a great help :thumbsup2 I think DS will this this when we go in May :cool1:

disney 2010
01-05-2011, 10:04 PM
Thank you DisneyDreamer09 and Disney 2010 you both have been a great help :thumbsup2 I think DS will this this when we go in May :cool1:

My Pleasure :thumbsup2



Also, you can book directly with Blue Lagoon dolphin encounters at their website or by phone, just do not mention you are with DCL, otherwise, they will state that they have signed a contract with Disney stating that they will not book any of their cruisers. If you simply call and do not mention the ship you are coming from, they can give you a discount for doing one or both of their encounters. They also mentioned on the phone that they give most of their spots to DCL anyway, so your best chances, according to them, is to book with Disney.

Although this may save money they asked on the island where you are staying or what ship you came off of so be prepared to lie if you book directly. I would call/ask at blue lagoon and see if you book online if you can pay to add on once you are there. I suspect if they have room you may get a good rate on a second experience but they may not guarantee it. With the price of these excursions I'm sure few people ask to do 2 :scared1:

Have fun!!