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Old 09-21-2010, 08:05 AM   #16
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Sorry for chiming in on your thread. We are going to Nassau next year and I am considering doing this as a surprise for my kids. They have asked the past 2 cruises so I guess it is time. LOL After the dolphin encounter on Blue Lagoon do you spend the remainder of the day at the beach? How much time does it occupy? Could we have the best of both worlds? LOL If we don’t do the encounter than I am looking at the beach day. We have previously been to Nassau so “sightseeing” is of no interest to me. Any information would be great. TIA!
After the Dolphin Swim or the Encounter, you can go to the beach. Most of the people that were in our group headed back to the port area or the ship. Boats run between the port and Blue Lagoon island on a regualr schedule (every hour or so) with the last one leaving at either 4:00pm or 4:30pm (can't remeber for sure). There is an early and a later Dolphin Encounter/Swim. We did the early one which was at 11:00am. I think the later one started at 1:00pm. The Dolphin Encounter (including the lecture on dolphins beforehand) lasts around 45 minutes to maybe an hour. We also did the dolphin "beach" photo option as well so I lost track of time. I'm not sure if you can just use the beach. That would be a good question for DCL.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:31 AM   #17
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Now that I can post links (10 posts), here are some pictures from our Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter. BTW, we used a $20 Walgreen's disposable waterproof camera.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...0/DSC01454.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...olphin_hug.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...olphin_hug.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...0/R2-%205A.jpg

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http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...144/R2-21A.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...ed_dolphin.jpg

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Old 09-21-2010, 08:53 AM   #18
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They let you bring your own camera & take pictures? I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't bring your own camera so that you would have to buy their photo packages.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:57 AM   #19
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They let you bring your own camera & take pictures? I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't bring your own camera so that you would have to buy their photo packages.
We did. I was clicking away so I know they saw me but we also ended up getting one of their packages.
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The only real limitation we have is that DS is still young so the deep water excursions would not be great.
They provide life jackets, so the deep water shouldn't be a problem.


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Are you all booking your dolphin encounter through DCL or on your own through Blue Lagoon on your own.
I'm not sure but last I heard, you can't book directly through Blue Lagoon if you're a Disney passenger. We booked through DCL, and it's probably easier that way anyway, because transportation is included.

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After the Dolphin Swim or the Encounter, you can go to the beach. Most of the people that were in our group headed back to the port area or the ship. Boats run between the port and Blue Lagoon island on a regualr schedule (every hour or so) with the last one leaving at either 4:00pm or 4:30pm (can't remeber for sure). There is an early and a later Dolphin Encounter/Swim. We did the early one which was at 11:00am. I think the later one started at 1:00pm. The Dolphin Encounter (including the lecture on dolphins beforehand) lasts around 45 minutes to maybe an hour. We also did the dolphin "beach" photo option as well so I lost track of time. I'm not sure if you can just use the beach. That would be a good question for DCL.
I agree. We went to the late encounter, at 1:00 or 1:30, and we didn't have time to go to the beach. By the time we did the "dolphin school", the swim, and browse the gift shop and buy pictures, it was time to get back on the last boat ride scheduled to go back (which I think was 4:30).

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They let you bring your own camera & take pictures? I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't bring your own camera so that you would have to buy their photo packages.
My daughter did the dolphin swim, while I just did the encounter. I took many pictures from the dock area.

I have a TR which includes pictures and details of our Dolphin experience at Blue Lagoon, if anyone has any questions, let me know.
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[QUOTE=cmb048;38307118]Now that I can post links (10 posts), here are some pictures from our Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter. BTW, we used a $20 Walgreen's disposable waterproof camera.


Ok, now I'm REALLY excited about going! Thanks for sharing!!!
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They let you bring your own camera & take pictures? I thought I read somewhere that you couldn't bring your own camera so that you would have to buy their photo packages.
I think in order to take pictures, one person has to go as an observer. Then, they can take pictures from up above. I didn't see anyone with cameras in the water, but maybe that was just our group. We had a great time. here is a link with some of our pictures in it!
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:20 PM   #23
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I think in order to take pictures, one person has to go as an observer. Then, they can take pictures from up above. I didn't see anyone with cameras in the water, but maybe that was just our group. We had a great time. here is a link with some of our pictures in it!
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It looks like you had the same trainer that we did. I was in the water with the camera snapping away. I don't remember them mentioning anything about not using a camera.
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It looks like you had the same trainer that we did. I was in the water with the camera snapping away. I don't remember them mentioning anything about not using a camera.
Awesome! I was wrong about that, then... they didn't seem to mind the cameras at all, did they?
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Now that I can post links (10 posts), here are some pictures from our Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter. BTW, we used a $20 Walgreen's disposable waterproof camera.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...0/DSC01454.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...olphin_hug.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...olphin_hug.jpg

[url]http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TIVYQMHiRPI/AAAAAAAAC5I/ui9772QdNQU/s800/R2-%205A.jpg[/
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...0/R2-%206A.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...144/R2-21A.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KFak2JQ0urw/TI...ed_dolphin.jpg
Very cool pictures!!!!
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You can use your still camera in the water, but they do not allow video camera's in the water according to their website. That said, we are just back and I used my olympus stylus tough 8010 in both the video and still mode in the water and they didn't care. I also bought the photo and dvd package (around 150 dollars) just so I had as many "memories" as possible.

Having a combination was great especially since we were a party of 5 and the island photographer failed to capture my wifes "dolphin push" on dvd, but I got it from the dock on my camera.

My kids enjoyed the beach more at blue lagoon than they did at CC as they said it more realistic. I really enjoyed the beach bar as well!
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Def Blue Lagoon. We've done both and Blue Lagoon blows Atlantis away!
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Oh No!

I was looking at all the comments about dolphin swims and was starting to get excited until it realized we don't stop in Nassau.
Does anyone know of a dolphin "swim" we can do on the eastern caribbean cruise (St. Thomas / St. Maarten). I saw an encounter listed for Tortula, but it looks like 4 hours of boat/bus time for a 30 minute encounter.
I did a swim in Mexico before my DD's were old enough to do it and now they want to do one.
Any suggestions?
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How well do you need to swim to the do the Swim? DD has no fear of water, and she floats well, but she doesn't really swim. Will she be ok with this?
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