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  • On Feb 21, 2023
    Angela from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can anyone tell me about the Dolphin Encounter at Dolphinaris?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Angela!

    It looks like you are almost ready to depart for your adventure at sea! I know Captains Mickey and Minnie can’t wait to see you around the ship. I’d be happy to help you discover more about the Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures offered on your sailing. So, let’s dive in!

    My family likes Disney Port Adventures because they are always so well organized. It’s also nice to leave the planning to someone else! My family participated in the Dolphin Encounter at Dolphinaris a few years ago. Interacting with our dolphin was the highlight of our trip. You’ll meet onboard, and a Disney Cast Member will escort you off the ship, where you will meet your guide for a short drive to Dolphinaris. The teacher in me appreciated that we learned a little bit about the dolphins housed there and their unique behaviors. Dolphins are a lot like people, each with their own personality. 

    There are a few different versions of this excursion offered. The Dolphin Encounter takes place on a waist-deep platform. You’ll get to “fin shake,” hug, and kiss your dolphin. Don’t worry; they teach you how to properly hold the dolphin's beak. After your interaction, it’s time for lunch and a swim in the cove. Snorkeling equipment is included. At the end of the excursion, you’ll be transported back to the dock to either walk around or board the ship. 

    There are a few things at Dolphinaris that cost extra, like towels, lockers, and photos. You are free to take towels from the ship for your excursion. However, you will likely have to rent a locker to keep your phones and personal items safe. You cannot swim with any jewelry or electronics. I left my wedding rings on the ship, so I didn’t worry about losing them. There is nothing cuter than your loved ones kissing a smiling dolphin. There are photographs on hand ready to capture your memories. Just be prepared that the photos are surprisingly expensive. If you find a few you like, I have seen people successfully negotiate a lower price.

    Angela, I hope you have a wonderful time aboard the Disney Magic! Make sure you download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app before you set sail. You can view your itinerary, see your dining rotation, and read about all the activities offered each day. If there is anything else I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask!

    SEAS the adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Tracie, Florida

Ahoy! Just like Moana, I feel the irresistible call of the sea. I think the best vacation is aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship – thankfully, my family agrees. Whether savoring gelato in Italy, snorkeling in Mexico, or basking in the sea breeze on deck, each destination fills us with memories to last a lifetime. I look forward to helping your family plan a Disney Cruise Line adventure brimming with cherished moments!

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