Family on Beach at Castaway Cay; ship in background, sisters holding hands
  • On Jan 30, 2024
    Ehren from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I’d like some help deciding which dolphin swim excursion is best for my family. We can swim with dolphins on Cozumel (2 different providers) and Grand Cayman. Are any of these better than others? Can a 7-yr-old participate fully in everything? Thanks!

    Welcome aboard planDisney, Ehren. An August cruise with Captain Mickey is the perfect sailaway party before the kids go back to school. We always try to make these Port Adventures memorable so they float to the top of our minds producing endless smiles.

    When we had our dolphin encounter, my wife and I said that if we were going to do it we would do as much as we could with the dolphins. Our boys were 13 and 9. We chose the experience at the time that was most like Dolphin Swim at Dolphinaris - All Inclusive (CZ38) in Cozumel, Mexico, because we wanted to do everything as a family. We wanted to watch each other ride on the dolphin's belly and dance with them. Yes, the pictures of them kissing us are also adorable. This excursion also has the opportunity to visit Serenity Cove to see more marine life.  Also, Cozumel is the first stop on the itinerary, and if there is any weather or excursion issue you may have another chance at George Town, Grand Cayman, to do the Cayman Dolphin Extreme Swim (G55) or Dolphin Encounter and Stingray City (G47) (if the 7-year-old is into stingrays then this is a huge win) at Dolphin Discovery. Again, I always look to "plus" my experience so if there is an option to see more and do more then I choose that option. Your family may want something more subtle. 

    The bottom line is you cannot go wrong with dolphin encounters at either port of call for your family including the 7-year-old junior sailor. A bit of advice: Look at the other excursions at the port of call and if something else looks awesome then do that one and do the dolphin encounter at the other.

    Ehren, I wish I could give you the practically perfect in every way answer. Just know Disney Cruise Line chooses their vendors for their reputation and high quality of service. Every option is a great option. Please feel free to write me back directly with any follow-up questions or for other Disney vacation planning tips.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories on the High Seas.

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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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