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Old 06-13-2012, 08:08 AM   #1
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Have read advice...need some more answers about Dolphin Swim - Blue Lagoon

I have read prior threads about the Dolphin Swim (deep water) at Blue Lagoon Nassau while trying to decide whether to do the excursion at Altantis or Blue Lagoon. We want to do the swim at Blue Lagoon because it sounds like the best for multiple reasons including the foot push is neat, it sounds there is a little more interaction with the dolphins versus at Atlantis, etc. We have a few more questions if anyone can help out:

- We are kinda paranoid about missing the ship. Silly, huh?!?..but we do. So, how easy is it to get back to the ferry after the excursion to get back to the ship? Do you have plenty of time to order pics/videos and shop a bit or are you rushed? Is the departure point for the ferry easy to find? We would be booking it through DCL so any info about how transportation works to and back would be helpful.

- My parents will be with us and want to observe. Is the observation area covered and/or offers any shade...and are there seats?

- do you wear a wet suit or is it just a life jacket?

Any other helpful advice to make the experience more enjoyable would be appreciated!!
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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I have read prior threads about the Dolphin Swim (deep water) at Blue Lagoon Nassau while trying to decide whether to do the excursion at Altantis or Blue Lagoon. We want to do the swim at Blue Lagoon because it sounds like the best for multiple reasons including the foot push is neat, it sounds there is a little more interaction with the dolphins versus at Atlantis, etc. We have a few more questions if anyone can help out:

- We are kinda paranoid about missing the ship. Silly, huh?!?..but we do. So, how easy is it to get back to the ferry after the excursion to get back to the ship? Do you have plenty of time to order pics/videos and shop a bit or are you rushed? Is the departure point for the ferry easy to find? We would be booking it through DCL so any info about how transportation works to and back would be helpful.

- My parents will be with us and want to observe. Is the observation area covered and/or offers any shade...and are there seats?

- do you wear a wet suit or is it just a life jacket?

Any other helpful advice to make the experience more enjoyable would be appreciated!!
We booked through DCL and did the 1245 excursion. If done with DCL the ship won't leave you. With that said there is plenty of time to browse around as well.

Observation deck is covered, but I never saw the observers sit, think there was some benches.

We wore life jackets (required). Wet suits were available.

We did Blue Lagoon because my children were younger and Altlantis water area was not a draw due to the height requirements for most of the slides.

Disney takes you to the departure point which is about a 5minute walk.

Excellent Port Adventure. Would recomend to anyone.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for the information!

It certainly isn't a cheap excursion, but we have always wanted to swim with the dolphins, and this looks like a good one.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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If you scroll through my trip report from last year, it answers several of your questions! In one of my pics, you can see the ferry and how it's pulled up right to the pier that takes you to the dolphin swim. In the other pic, you can see blue awnings in the water. Those are dolphin swim/encounter areas. I think the observer areas were the little wooden gazebos you can see in the pictures. Not 100% positive on that, though.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2691745
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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If you scroll through my trip report from last year, it answers several of your questions! In one of my pics, you can see the ferry and how it's pulled up right to the pier that takes you to the dolphin swim. In the other pic, you can see blue awnings in the water. Those are dolphin swim/encounter areas. I think the observer areas were the little wooden gazebos you can see in the pictures. Not 100% positive on that, though.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2691745
I just finished reading your report. Thank you!!!! The pictures were great and helpful and the detail answered my questions and confirmed what I had read...that it is a great excursion!
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Can observers

take pictures? I think I read somewhere (Discovery Cove maybe?) that you need to buy their pix..
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take pictures? I think I read somewhere (Discovery Cove maybe?) that you need to buy their pix..
I went as an observer and got lots of great photos. We did end up buying a couple of the photos that Blue Lagoon's photographer took as well, though. They were very good and not outrageously priced. The observation deck is behind the two swim areas, so I had to move out to the side and crouch down to get a good angle. BL's photos were close-up and straight on, which was nice. Here is an example of the kind of photos I was able to get.




We were there in February 2012. The water was pretty chilly, so everyone wore wet suits.
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