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  • On Oct 17, 2023
    Tara from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning on bringing my kids on a cruise to the Bahamas. For the Blue Lagoon dolphin encounter, it says that children under 12 need to be with an adult. As a single parent, am I allowed to be the adult for both of my children at the same time?

    Well ahoy there Tara, I'd like to welcome you aboard planDisney with your two young sailors in tow!

    When it comes to sailing in Bahamian waters, many fellow seafaring folks look to Disney Cruise Line's variety of Port Adventures to continue their explorations on land whenever their vessel pulls into port. Many of the offerings available in Nassau allow you and your youngest voyagers the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife, so understandably there are a number of precautions in place - for not only the safety of each guest, but also for the animals.

    It looks like in this case, you're interested in the Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter (N21) where you and the kids may get a chance to interact with these highly intelligent creatures who have been trained to hug and kiss participants who wade into their enclosure. Though the pools the dolphin encounters take place in can be quite small and shallow compared to the deeper waters of the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim (N41), there's definitely still a safety risk for children who are unattended. The staff members leading the experience will want to also ensure that kids have an adult who will make sure that they are acting respectfully and safely towards the animals who live there.

    You'll be happy to hear that after confirming with both a Disney Cruise Line Representative as well as reaching out to the folks at Blue Lagoon Island that you will be able to count as the responsible adult for both of your children when you book this Port Adventure. Be aware that policies for any offerings on land or at sea may be subject to change without further notice by the time of your sailing, and are subject to the discretion of the tour operators who partner with Disney Cruise Line; it's always good to check in at the Port Adventures Desk once you board just to confirm whether anything has changed that you ought to know about.

    When it comes to wildlife encounters throughout my travels, there's definitely a mystique that comes with marine life and exploring their underwater domain; if you ever return to the Bahamas I might recommend scuba diving in places like Stuart Cove where you'll be able to observe these animals living out of captivity in their natural habitats. Just ask our planDisney pal Melanie who is a celebrated marine educator and biologist - it's always wonderful to help our youngest adventurers gain an appreciation for aquatic creatures and we're always here if you have any more questions for the panel!

    Here's to the cetaceans you seek on your upcoming sailing!

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Hello, Bonjour, Aloha and Ahoy there! As a performer and world explorer who's been to all of the Disney theme parks around the globe, I'm always happy to provide my best adventuring advice and knowledge to navigate your way to all of the greatest snacks, attractions and entertainment on land and at sea. Find me featured on the planDisney Podcast and on the Disney Parks Blog, discussing Disney Eats at festivals and beyond, holiday events at Walt Disney World Resort and planning my Disney Fairy Tale Wedding! Learn More About Prince

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