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Old 05-16-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
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Zim, how is your observer ticket $40? Are you getting your Sea Lion encounter thru DCL?
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #17
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Let someone on the observation deck take them, and buy a few of the sweet ones the photographers take.
Thanks, that is exactly what I was thinking...;
One more question.. did you book thru DCL or on your own??
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:07 PM   #18
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Does anyone know what the pictures cost from the people who take them at the encounter?

Does anyone know what the DVD of the experience costs?

I would be curious to know what the costs are.....then I could make a more informed decision on what to get and what not to get!
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #19
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Zim, how is your observer ticket $40? Are you getting your Sea Lion encounter thru DCL?
Yes, that's the price listed on their website for the observer ticket. I'm sure it's cheaper booking directly through them... but I just watched a bunch of videos of people missing their cruise ships on YouTube, now I'm terrified to book outside of Disney - even though yes I know you're experiencing the mouse shakedown effect.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:01 PM   #20
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Dolphin Encounter will ask if you are coming on a ship and which one. They would not sell ME an encounter. They said "You have to book through Disney." I desperately tried to go through several different tours and they all come back with the same thing "We don't have availability when the Disney ship is in." You can try, seeing as I had only 2 weeks up to my cruise, but I really rather think they are under contract with Disney not to sell to disney cruisers. I even had one tour company take my credit card and try to get us the encounters. She could NOT secure 3 sea lion encounters that day. I think Disney buys them up for the most part. In the end, I was happy because at least Disney made sure we had 3 spots available AT ALL, because no one else did! Its like they make sure they are available to sell to their guests.

If you can get through someone else, more power to you, but I sure tried and couldn't. I was jumping for joy when my Disney reservation came back ok because I didn't know WHAT I would do if the Sea Lions were sold out! It was really something us 3 sisters wanted to do together that trip.

So that's my advice. If your reservations are out far enough, you might be ok?. For us, DCL was literally THE only option. Given that, I was happy! There was a bit of a mark up but at least we were able to do it. And the encounter was very extensive and quite lengthy, I thought! Like she keeps coming for more pets and kisses and does all these tricks for you. Even if we paid $115 pp, we still thought that the encounter, the island, being able to watch the dolphins and sea lions as long as we wanted, the hammocks, the nice boat rides, we thought it all was well worth the $115. Also, Disney got us on the first Ferry I think, and we were literally the first encounter of the day. Maggie and Bonnie were all smiles, hugs and kisses when we got to them!

If you guys do go, say hello to Maggie & Bonnie for me and ask about how the twin babies are coming! They should be due soon!
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #21
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For those who have done this encounter - I'm considering doing it for my DD15, but just being an observer myself... In that case, will I be able to take pictures from the 30 foot distance they say the observers have from the interaction area? Or are cameras simply not allowed anywhere in the area so you'll buy their photos. This will be the determining factor in whether I do the experience WITH her or as an observer. THANKS!
YES! The guy held my go pro the whole time and parents of teens that were participating took lots of pictures.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:28 PM   #22
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Dolphin Encounter will ask if you are coming on a ship and which one. They would not sell ME an encounter. They said "You have to book through Disney."
Oh I see what you're saying! I was always planning on going through Disney - the $40 is the observer going along with the person having the interaction $115. I'm more than glad to pay a little more through Disney, but I'm just going as an observer. It'll be nice to get the extra photos on the observation deck.

I have it saved in my calendar to book the excursion precisely at 90 days out - so hopefully we'll get one encounter and one observer!

And we'll have a Go Pro camera by then so hopefully they'll hold that for me that would be fantastic!!
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crap crap crap crap crap...

I could have gotten my Husband and BIL on the island for $40 through Disney huh? I told them $69 for the Beach Day and that's what Mom & Dad did but the two dudes thought that was too much so they bummed around town. I'm sure they would have gone for $40, at least my hun would have...

and I will never tell them now...

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Old 09-09-2013, 07:56 AM   #24
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Yea! Today was the first day we could book excursions and I got DD15 signed up for the sea lion encounter and myself as an observer. For those who have done it, did I do it correctly to book the 9:15am experience??? I seemed to recall the afternoon one was stressful to get back to the ship, but the morning one allowed you to relax in the area for a while afterward.

Let me know if that's correct or if you think I should try to rebook the afternoon encounter.

And just to check, once it's in your itinerary, it's happening right? I didn't have to go to a pay page, so I assume you take care of this as part of your post-cruise bill?
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Does anyone know what the pictures cost from the people who take them at the encounter?

Does anyone know what the DVD of the experience costs?

I would be curious to know what the costs are.....then I could make a more informed decision on what to get and what not to get!
All prices and packages are detailed here:
http://www.dolphinencounters.com/sea...videoorder.php

I did the DVD w/ 2 free keychains and it's pretty cool. They video the entire encounter, and when we did it, we were the only group so we got some extra time with our sea lion, PJ. Another great thing about this excursion, it's much less busy than the dolphin encounter, and like others have pointed out, unique. Totally worthwhile
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:48 AM   #26
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Yea! Today was the first day we could book excursions and I got DD15 signed up for the sea lion encounter and myself as an observer. For those who have done it, did I do it correctly to book the 9:15am experience??? I seemed to recall the afternoon one was stressful to get back to the ship, but the morning one allowed you to relax in the area for a while afterward.

Let me know if that's correct or if you think I should try to rebook the afternoon encounter.

And just to check, once it's in your itinerary, it's happening right? I didn't have to go to a pay page, so I assume you take care of this as part of your post-cruise bill?
Yes, the 9:15 is going to be the better time to go, as it's a pretty long (30 minutes?) trip back to Nassau, plus another 15 minutes walk back to the ship - so I would talk the morning over the afternoon to remove any of that stress. And then you can relax on Blue Lagoon's beach, and walk around and observe other groups dolphin encounters (all visible from the walkways, no fee needed).
Also yes, this will be on your final bill if you booked through DCL.
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We too booked the 9:15. Does that mean we are the first group of the day with the sea lions? Approximately what time are you finished the encounter if you have the 9:15 time?Also wondered about the 1:45 return time listed. Is that the time we arrive back off boat or leave the island? Do you HAVE to leave then or can you stay later?
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We too booked the 9:15. Does that mean we are the first group of the day with the sea lions? Approximately what time are you finished the encounter if you have the 9:15 time?Also wondered about the 1:45 return time listed. Is that the time we arrive back off boat or leave the island? Do you HAVE to leave then or can you stay later? THANKS!
Yes you are the first group with the sea lions. There was only one other couple with my daughter in our group. I observed from the observation area. They start with a lecture there at the observation area about the sea lions, their environment and what the place is doing to help them. After that they walk you down to the platform. On the way they have one photo opportunity with the sea lion perched on his back fins for a shot from their pro photographer (it won't be at a good angle from the observation area). Then you get in the water on a platform that is covered from the sun. They offer wetsuits but unlike the dolphin encounter, they are optional here. My daughter opted to just wear her bikinis and I think it made for cuter photos even though the water is chilly.

The encounter itself lasts for about thirty minutes to so with lots of interaction and they take lots of pictures. I will say while they're smart to keep the observation area far enough for photos to be grainy and dull at best, their professional photos and video were really well done and considerably less expensive than other excursions we've done. I think it was around thirty for three 5x7s and the video DVD would have been $60 as I recall.

We had plenty of time to wander the place afterward and still wanted to make the 1pm ferry back to the boat. The beach area with the floaty play equipment would've cost more money but you can walk around some beach area without extra cost. Lunch is not provided with the sea lion experience so expect to pay for that if you don't head back to the ship for lunch.
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Thank you! I feel much better now that I know the details. I think my teenagers will do the encounter while my husband and I watch.
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Yes you are the first group with the sea lions. There was only one other couple with my daughter in our group. I observed from the observation area. They start with a lecture there at the observation area about the sea lions, their environment and what the place is doing to help them. After that they walk you down to the platform. On the way they have one photo opportunity with the sea lion perched on his back fins for a shot from their pro photographer (it won't be at a good angle from the observation area). Then you get in the water on a platform that is covered from the sun. They offer wetsuits but unlike the dolphin encounter, they are optional here. My daughter opted to just wear her bikinis and I think it made for cuter photos even though the water is chilly.

The encounter itself lasts for about thirty minutes to so with lots of interaction and they take lots of pictures. I will say while they're smart to keep the observation area far enough for photos to be grainy and dull at best, their professional photos and video were really well done and considerably less expensive than other excursions we've done. I think it was around thirty for three 5x7s and the video DVD would have been $60 as I recall.

We had plenty of time to wander the place afterward and still wanted to make the 1pm ferry back to the boat. The beach area with the floaty play equipment would've cost more money but you can walk around some beach area without extra cost. Lunch is not provided with the sea lion experience so expect to pay for that if you don't head back to the ship for lunch.
I was wondering how far from the ship is the catamaran that takes you to Blue Lagoon? Does it pick up and drop off at same place? Do you have to walk past pushy venders?
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