Of Nassau and Dolphins
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Carnival Glory docked in Nassau around 8:00 a.m. It had been a short overnight sail from Port Canaveral. But, port time would be limited as we had a much longer voyage ahead to reach St. Thomas two days hence. We disembarked and walked over to Festival Place, the customs and welcome center. I picked up a map and information. There were market stalls here, too. But, as it was Sunday morning after all, no one was yet open.
We had opted for the Carnival-sponsored Dolphn Encounter tour. Nothing else was happening at Festival Place, soo, we walked back toward the ship to wait for the Dolphin Encounter reps. A woman shortly appeared and collected all of the enounterers together. As a group, we boarded a ferry for Blue Lagoon Island.
A dolphin orientation and film led off the encounter. Everyone on the tour then sat on the edge of a large square salt water pool. The dolphins could swim in under the deck from their open area. A trainer was there to lead them through seveal demonstation behaviors. Then, each family or group got in the water. Our dolphin was named Shaun. He was something of a celebrity, as he had starred in a movie with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. The dophin kissed one member of each group (as our picture was taken). After that, we had to rotate back into the water for more dophin behaviors. Shaun shook hands, kissed, and allowed each person to pet him. He did random funny things, too, like spit water at people.
When the encounter was finished, we spent a while at the dolphin pools and the gift shop. Then, it was time to return to Carnival Glory. The ship was due to sail at 2:00 p.m., so we had no tme to visit the Straw Market near the docks.