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Embarking on Shore Excursions in Nassau (continued)

Embarking on Shore Excursions in Nassau (continued)

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 Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter   [N21]

Rating: 9

Despite the price tag, this is the most popular excursion and it typically sells out quickly. Everyone wants the chance to cavort with a friendly dolphin! Guests stand on a platform set at a few feet under the water and play with bottlenose dolphins. Cruise to private Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay) to the sounds of a calypso band. Once there, you can swim, sunbathe, and play—water sport rentals are available—in addition to your dolphin encounter. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Complimentary lockers and changing rooms are available, as are wet suits during the colder months. Professional photos of your dolphin encounter are $10–$22/each, packages are $40–$80/each, and movies are $40–$60/each. Collapsible strollers and wheelchairs are allowed, but you must be able to board the boat and enter the water unassisted. Guests age 3–12 must have an accompanying adult booked on the same excursion, while guests age 13–17 may have an accompanying adult booked on the Observer [N22] excursion. Typical meeting times are 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm. (Note that if you have the 12:45 pm departure, you'll return around 5:00 pm, which may impact those on first-seating dinner.) Cruiser ratings are mostly positive: The excursion starts with a long, “45-minute” ferry ride that some felt was “slow” and “miserable” while others found it “a lot of fun.” At the dolphin encounter area, small groups of “10–12” guests stand around a “small pool” and watch a “skit” between the dolphin and “informative handlers.” You stand in the “cold” water for about “20 minutes” to “hug, kiss, and dance with” the dolphins, but you only get about “2–3 minutes with a dolphin personally.” Cruisers recommend you “wear water shoes” for ease and comfort. All loved the “unbelievably intelligent animal” and the “expertise, friendliness, and humor of the trainers.” Some were put off by the “expense” of the photo; others wanted them but “did not know to bring enough money.” Overall, most felt it was “exactly as advertised” or “better than expected,” though a few felt it was “neat but not worth that much money.” (On Your Own: Blue Lagoon Island at http://www.dolphinencounters.com, 866-918-9932)

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Active

Ages 3 & up

$145 (10 & up)
$130 (4-9)
$19 (3)

4-4.5 hours

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 Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Swim   [N41]

This is Blue Lagoon's more immersive (so to speak) dolphin encounter. Participants receive a special kiss, handshake, and hug from their new dolphin friend, and then zip across the lagoon via a dramatic foot push. Afterwards, they get to enjoy the rest of Blue Lagoon's watery offerings until it's time to return to the ship. Participants ages 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over on the same excursion. For ages 13-17, the accompanying adult may share the same experience, or book the Observer excursion (N22). (On Your Own: Blue Lagoon Island at http://www.dolphinencounters.com, 866-918-9932)

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Active

Ages 6 & up

$232 (10 & up)
$232 (6-9)

4-4.5 hours

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 Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin/Sea Lion Observer   [N22]

Younger participants on Blue Lagoon's dolphin and sea lion experiences must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over. If they're under 13, then that adult must be in the water with them, on the same excursion. However, teens can simply be observed, thanks to this lower-cost excursion. (And, of course, younger siblings may just want to tag along and watch.) Note that this excursion can't be booked unless at least one member of your party is participating in that animal encounter. Once the encounter is over, everyone can enjoy the rest of what Blue Lagoon has to offer.

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Leisurely

All ages

$50 (10 & up)
$47 (3-9)
$19 (0-2)

4-4.5 hours

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 Graycliff Chocolatier - The Art of Chocolate Making and Factory Tour   [N54]

Bahamian chocolate is a new one on us! Guests will follow the chocolate-making process from roasted beans to final mold during a tour of the Greycliff Hotel's chocolate factory. Then don coveralls (and gloves, we presume) to dip, glaze, and mold your own chocolate bonbons. After that you'll sample the wares and leave with a box of your own sweet creations. If that's not enough chocolate for you, the tour ends in the factory gift shop. Note: Nut products are produced and consumed on these  premises. Those with allergies should take necessary precautions.

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Ages 5 & up

$62 (10 & up)
$55 (5-9)

1.5-2 hours

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 Atlantis - Ocean Club Golf Course   [N45]

Play 18 holes on this championship, Tom Weisskopf-designed course, home to the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. Transportation, greens fees, cart (shared), clubs and shoes (if needed) are included. Food and beverages are available at extra cost at the clubhouse. Full pro shop. Appropriate attire is required: collared shirts for men, tops with sleeves or collar for the ladies, no denim jeans, no basketball or soccer shorts.

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Active

Ages 10 & up

$569 (10 & up)

6.5-7 hours


See page 224 for a key to the shore excursion description charts and their icons.

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Top Photo Slice: Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter (℗ 8851) Photo contributed by © emtpej



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