Haven't done the dolphin excursion on St. Maarten, but have done it on Jamaica. It's one of those must do things, at least once in your life. Plan on purchasing at least one of the photos they'll take with the dolphin kissing your cheek. Especially if you have kids, they'll love it. I think the swim only lasts 15 or 20 minutes, but afterall, you're with amazing animals that should be in open waters.
Also St. Maarten we did a Golden Eagle Sail & Snorkle to a private island, I think it's Buck Island. If you like sailing on a huge beautiful catamaran you'll love this. The time we did it, the young man and woman crew mates dressed in bow ties, cuffs, and swim suits brought us champagne while we waded in the azure blue water off the white sand beach. Absolutely stunning.
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I'm Steve Cooper. I love Royal Caribbean, and recently discovered NCL and love them too. I've also cruised Princess and HAL.
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The dolphin facility was on nearby Anguilla (a short ferry ride from Marigot), but when we went last April, it had been shut down. According to their website (Dolphin Discovery), it appears to be open and taking reservations.
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Do the swim portion - not the wade portion. Swim was more expensive, but well worth it.
At one point (long story short), you swim out to the center (we're in a sheltered lagoon, so the water is smooth), and do a Superman. Your hands are out, your feet are pointed downwards. The dolphin comes up behind you and presses his nose against the back of your foot and you go shooting forward really, really and did I mention really? Fast! You go shooting across the lagoon. It's awesome!
Do it - its one of those rare things in life you will never forget!
When I went on the Dolphin Discovery website it lists 3 choices.
I booked through Royal Caribbean and there was only one choice.
I'm not sure which one I will get as I know RCI charges up.
Maybe we can upgrade once we are there??????
We did the dolphin swim via St Maarten in November, 2004. Its a short ferry ride to Anguilla. It was awesome. We actually got to do two separate swims with a lunch in between. However, they told us this was due to a low number of visitors that day. So, not sure if you would get the 2nd swim. The beach next to Dolphin Discovery is supposedly on the top 10 of most beautiful beaches (I can't remember the name), but it is gorgeous and you get to hand out there for awhile as well. I found it to be well worth the money.
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What ship are you on? AOS also has a dolphin encounter on Carusao.
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