After a short ride from the pier you'll arrive at Dolphinaris and be greeted by a member of our team, who will provide you with a towel, locker, snorkel equipment and present you with your very own dolphin trainer t-shirt. You'll start your dolphin trainer program learning about basic husbandry, training techniques, daily reports and medication. You'll receive an anatomy lesson on dolphins and participate in a fun and informative interactive training lecture. Your behind the scenes tour is where you'll see the laboratory, visit the 'fish house' and learn how to prepare the dolphins' diets for the day. Next will be a practical session with one of our trainers, as well as the opportunity to feed the dolphins. You'll then apply everything you learned and ask the dolphin to do a variety of different behaviors such as kisses, vocalizations and jumps. Following this session is your dolphin swim and ride program, allowing you to experience the true magic of these majestic mammals. Enter the waist-deep submerged platform where you'll be able to touch their velvety soft skin, listen to them sing and watch them play. Then float out into the deeper water of our natural ocean coves to swim with the dolphins and touch them. as they glide by you. After a kiss, a hug and a friendly fin shake you'll receive a fantastic dolphin ride around the cove. Finally enjoy a guided snorkeling session and a delicious lunch at our beautiful restaurant overlooking the Caribbean ocean.
Note: Participants must be at least 4 feet tall. It is not possible for passengers with neck or back injuries or pregnant women to participate in this program.
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This was my favorite excursion of all among the 3 cruises I have traveled. It was a complete day and did take 5.5 hours. Admittedly, since I was a young boy, I wanted to work with dolphins and this was an unexpected opportunity. I did not learn about the excursion until I was on the ship and cancelled my other plans to do this.
We learned quite a bit about dolphins and had plenty of time in the water with the animals. It is a small tour as only 6 of us were participating. We were able to snorkel with sting rays and the facility is on the ocean so the water was cycling through making it feel as if you are in a large, open space. The dolphin trainer, Kevin, was very friendly and informative. We learned about the diet and eating habits and then had a chance to assist with feeding ( via the skills training portion.) You are wearing dolphin trainer T shirts and separated from the rest of the tour groups. You spend ample time on each portion of the experience, classroom, snorkeling, playing with the dolphins, training the dolphins etc
They even provided a tasty lunch, a towel, snorkel tube that you keep, locker, bottled water, 2 free photos and taxi to/from- and since you leave long after the basic encounter experience the free trip back to the ship is nice. It is not far from the port so don't worry that when you leave at 4:00 you will miss your ship. You are minutes away. ( and yes, I did buy additional photos but there was no need since the two provided were great pictures.