My husband and I went on our first cruise in March aboard the Carnival Magic. We absolutely loved it. We went on an excursion in every port of call, but our favorite one by far was when we swam with the dolphins in Cozumel. We paid a little bit extra for the VIP package and it was worth every penny! https://www.carnival.com/shore-excursions/cozumel/exclusive-dolphin-swim-vip-experience-304226
We were greeted with Mojito’s (non-alcoholic until time with dolphins was over) upon arrival, and escorted to our own private seating area overlooking our private infinity pool which gave us a view of the dolphins and the ocean. It was an absolute paradise. We had some light appetizers and then we were taken to meet the dolphins.
We spent about 45 minutes in the water with the dolphins. We learned about their behaviors and got to interact with them and their trainer. The most interesting fact of the day was that dolphins never sleep! They are also exceptionally strong. We had a group of 8 adults and only one female dolphin. She was able to swim on her back with us on her belly holding onto her fins. She did this continually until all 8 of us had swam with her. We got to kiss her, pet her, feed her and give her commands. It was an amazing day, one I will never forget!
When we were finished swimming with the dolphin, we went back to our sanctuary and had lunch. We were able to order off of the menu, and also had a full bar at our service. We swam in the infinity pool while sipping our drinks and making new friends.
The next time you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, don’t turn your nose up at the price! It really is worth every penny! Just make sure that the dolphins were rescued and that they are using the money for research and development. http://www.dolphinaris.com/locations/cozumel/