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Old 01-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Atlantis shallow dolphin encounter worth the $$$?

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For those of you who have done it, is the Nassau Atlantis shallow water Dolphin encounter worth the money? For the five of us it would be about $800. I also notice there is a dolphin encounter at Blue Lagoon Beach that is slighly less $$$. However the Atlantis encounter seems to include touring Atlantis also (not the water park).

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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I did the Blue Lagoon Beach encounter I have cruised 50 times and that was the very best day I have had. The ship that you take does take some time - I found it lovely. I like Nassau and seeing some parts of the port was a treat.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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thanks!! Any others out there??
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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We did the Blue Lagoon encounter and loved it. I couldn't even tell you how much we paid for it, which goes to show how much we loved it (it was a lot though!)! It was a great experience and I'm glad that we decided to splurge on it!
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #5
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We did the Atlantis Shallow Water with the dolphins this past May. We did it with the watermark so it was soooooo expensive, so I know how you are feeling. At the time my kids were barely 2, 3 1/2, & 5. It was AMAZING they still talk about our dolphin, it was totally worth it ! I say go for it. I was not a fan at all of the waterpark though, with my kids being smaller, it wasnt that great. Older kids will love it but mine were to little and Things seemed really spread out.
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Thank you everyone! If we choose to do one of these, how late do you get back to the ship? We will have early seating for dinner and wouldn't want to miss it!
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My family has done both of these, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. At Blue Lagoon we did not do the swim, but rather the encounter (I think that's what they call it.) With the swim you actually get in the water with them, and the dolphins push you at the end as you extend in a Superman pose. With the encounter you stand on a platform in water that is about knee deep, and the dolphins come up and you have a lot of interaction with them. The encounter is less expensive, and you really do get a lot of play with the dolphins (hugging, kissing, dancing, etc.) At Atlantis the dolphins are in a very large lagoon, and you stand in the shallow water at the edge of the lagoon. Then the dolphins come up to you, and you have similar interactions with them.

We found the main difference to be the sites themselves. Blue Lagoon is a quiet, private island, with a nice beach, inflatables in the water for kids to play on, hammocks, etc. You ride out to the island, which takes about 30 minutes or so. We probably preferred this site, because it does allow you to wind down a little bit after the mayhem of the ship. (Don't get me wrong, we love the ship, but at Blue Lagoon you can truly relax and feel like you're on a private island.) Atlantis is amazing, but huge. And depending upon what you pay for you either a) miss out on a big part of it or b) pay enough that you might have to take out a second mortgage.

You will get back in plenty of time from either site. At Blue Lagoon everyone there will very likely be from the Disney ship (Disney buys all of the spots when its ships are in dock at Nassau), and they have boats that return to the port at 1, 2, and 4. At Atlantis they have shuttles that returns to the port every so often, and they'll let you know on the ride over when the shuttle buses run. And you can always take a taxi back as well.

You really can't go wrong either way, and both dolphin interactions were incredible. So if you want some quiet time, go Blue Lagoon. If you want to see an incredible resort that is like it's own city, and have a little more flexibility in terms of when you can return to the ship, go Atlantis. Either way, you'll have a blast.
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My family has done both of these, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. At Blue Lagoon we did not do the swim, but rather the encounter (I think that's what they call it.) With the swim you actually get in the water with them, and the dolphins push you at the end as you extend in a Superman pose. With the encounter you stand on a platform in water that is about knee deep, and the dolphins come up and you have a lot of interaction with them. The encounter is less expensive, and you really do get a lot of play with the dolphins (hugging, kissing, dancing, etc.) At Atlantis the dolphins are in a very large lagoon, and you stand in the shallow water at the edge of the lagoon. Then the dolphins come up to you, and you have similar interactions with them.

We found the main difference to be the sites themselves. Blue Lagoon is a quiet, private island, with a nice beach, inflatables in the water for kids to play on, hammocks, etc. You ride out to the island, which takes about 30 minutes or so. We probably preferred this site, because it does allow you to wind down a little bit after the mayhem of the ship. (Don't get me wrong, we love the ship, but at Blue Lagoon you can truly relax and feel like you're on a private island.) Atlantis is amazing, but huge. And depending upon what you pay for you either a) miss out on a big part of it or b) pay enough that you might have to take out a second mortgage.

You will get back in plenty of time from either site. At Blue Lagoon everyone there will very likely be from the Disney ship (Disney buys all of the spots when its ships are in dock at Nassau), and they have boats that return to the port at 1, 2, and 4. At Atlantis they have shuttles that returns to the port every so often, and they'll let you know on the ride over when the shuttle buses run. And you can always take a taxi back as well.

You really can't go wrong either way, and both dolphin interactions were incredible. So if you want some quiet time, go Blue Lagoon. If you want to see an incredible resort that is like it's own city, and have a little more flexibility in terms of when you can return to the ship, go Atlantis. Either way, you'll have a blast.
Wow that is very in depth. Thank you for taking the time to jot all of it down.
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