Of Nassau and Dolphins

Nassau Travel Blog

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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.

Fort Montagu
The ferry ride the length of Nassau Harbour provided a nice view of the Nassau waterfront and Paradise Island. The ferry made a passenger stop at Paradise Island. I could see the Atlantis resort and then we were running by marinas and homes dotting Paradise Island. Fort Montagu, built in 1743 to protect the east entrace to the harbor, was on the opposite shore. The ferry arrived at Blue Lagoon Island (officially known by the less fanciful name of Salt Cay) in about 20 minutes.

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.

BlaqueCat says:
The dolphin encounter tour sounds like fun! I might have to book that excursion on my next cruise!
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
Aditu says:
The dolphin encounters are the best, they are such sweet creatures!!
Posted on: Aug 15, 2007
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Welcome Sign
Welcome Sign
Fort Montagu
Fort Montagu
Nassau Welcome Centre and Customs
Nassau Welcome Centre and Customs
Prince George Wharf
Prince George Wharf
Nassau Town
Nassau Town
Nassau
Nassau
Ferry Basin
Ferry Basin
Towards the Straw Market
Towards the Straw Market
Water Tower
Water Tower
Bahamas Mail Boat
Bahamas Mail Boat
Paradise Island Bridges
Paradise Island Bridges
Atlantis Resort
Atlantis Resort
Atlantis on Paradise Island
Atlantis on Paradise Island
Pleasure Craft at Paradise Island
Pleasure Craft at Paradise Island
Paradise Harbour Marina
Paradise Harbour Marina
Fort Montagu
Fort Montagu
Salt Cay
Salt Cay
Blue Lagoon Island
Blue Lagoon Island
Dolphin Encounter
Dolphin Encounter
Dolphin
Dolphin
Carnival Glory at Nassau
Carnival Glory at Nassau
Sail Away from Nassau
Sail Away from Nassau
Nassau Pilot Boat
Nassau Pilot Boat
Colonial Beach
Colonial Beach
Paradise Island Lighthouse
Paradise Island Lighthouse
Nassau Sights & Attractions review
Up Close with a Dolphin
The Dolphin Encounter is a popular family activity in Nassau. The Encounter enables participants to stand in a pool where they can "meet" a dolphin an… read entire review
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photo by: jhenthorne