St. Thomas Dolphin Swim Excursion Reviews

Receive a dolphin kiss, hug, or “fin” shake on an unforgettable dolphin swim through St. Thomas’ enclosed waters.
After exiting the ship, we were escorted to a medium sized boat for an hour boat ride to Tortola.
Sail Date: May 2017
After exiting the ship, we were escorted to a medium sized boat for an hour boat ride to Tortola. No cameras allowed as they want you to pay for their pictures and the food you can purchase is very average hotdogs and hamburgers. Be sure ... Read More
After exiting the ship, we were escorted to a medium sized boat for an hour boat ride to Tortola. No cameras allowed as they want you to pay for their pictures and the food you can purchase is very average hotdogs and hamburgers. Be sure and take $$$. Grandma was with us, so we didn't swim, but just played with the dolphins. In retrospect, we could have done the swim. You are in an enclosed inlet with life vests. You do not need to know how to swim, and you spend about 20 minutes in the water with the dolphins in a group of about 12. You are mainly in waist deep water on a ledge until your turn to swim out a little into the water. Long day for a fairly short time in the water, but petting dolphins is amazing!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took a boat to the island of Tortola and swam with the dolphins.
Sail Date: April 2017
We took a boat to the island of Tortola and swam with the dolphins. The staff for this excursion were extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. We truly enjoyed swimming with the dolphins and would recommend this excursion.
We took a boat to the island of Tortola and swam with the dolphins. The staff for this excursion were extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. We truly enjoyed swimming with the dolphins and would recommend this excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Staff was friendly and the animals were fun
Sail Date: April 2017
Staff was friendly and the animals were fun
Staff was friendly and the animals were fun Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Again, too long to get to.
Sail Date: April 2017
Again, too long to get to. 4 hour excursion and 30 minutes with dolphins......not worth the money!
Again, too long to get to. 4 hour excursion and 30 minutes with dolphins......not worth the money! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
After a fun 1 hour speed boat ride to the island of Tortola (BVI) we enjoyed Dolphin Discovery - ...
Sail Date: January 2017
After a fun 1 hour speed boat ride to the island of Tortola (BVI) we enjoyed Dolphin Discovery - the tour was an excellent value, but you could not bring your own camera and the photography was expensive.
After a fun 1 hour speed boat ride to the island of Tortola (BVI) we enjoyed Dolphin Discovery - the tour was an excellent value, but you could not bring your own camera and the photography was expensive. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The day excursion turned out to be less than an hour with the dophins.
Sail Date: December 2016
The day excursion turned out to be less than an hour with the dophins. An hour each way by water taxi, 50 minutes to clear immigration and over 40 minutes back out. The dolphin experience was rood but the trip was marred by over priced ... Read More
The day excursion turned out to be less than an hour with the dophins. An hour each way by water taxi, 50 minutes to clear immigration and over 40 minutes back out. The dolphin experience was rood but the trip was marred by over priced photos and felt processed as other groups arrived Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Getting to Tortola on our own was cost prohibitive - book thru the ship if you can
Sail Date: November 2016
Getting to Tortola on our own was cost prohibitive - book thru the ship if you can
Getting to Tortola on our own was cost prohibitive - book thru the ship if you can Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
By far our favorite excursion of all time!
Sail Date: July 2016
By far our favorite excursion of all time! This was a dream come true!! I was brought to tears by these beautiful creatures!!
By far our favorite excursion of all time! This was a dream come true!! I was brought to tears by these beautiful creatures!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Awesome experience!
Sail Date: October 2015
Awesome experience! Everyone in my family loved this event!
Awesome experience! Everyone in my family loved this event! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Really a once in a lifetime event.
Sail Date: June 2015
Really a once in a lifetime event. Excellent tour guide, rather quick ferry to Tortola, BVI. Don't forget to bring your passport. We spent 45 minutes in the water with our dolphin, Gracia. She was so docile! Lunch and drinks available ... Read More
Really a once in a lifetime event. Excellent tour guide, rather quick ferry to Tortola, BVI. Don't forget to bring your passport. We spent 45 minutes in the water with our dolphin, Gracia. She was so docile! Lunch and drinks available and are pricey. If you want pictures you will have to pay a hefty price also. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was so much fun!
Sail Date: April 2015
This was so much fun! It was really well organized and we bought a nice CD to keep our memories of this trip. This excursion takes you by ferry to Tortola, BVI and you must pass through customs on both legs of the ferry ride.
This was so much fun! It was really well organized and we bought a nice CD to keep our memories of this trip. This excursion takes you by ferry to Tortola, BVI and you must pass through customs on both legs of the ferry ride. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our first stop was St.
Sail Date: February 2014
Our first stop was St. Thomas. We booked the Dolphin Discovery tour with carnival. It got good reviews and did not disappoint. While the travel to/from the sight of the dolphins is long, it is well worth it! Just the girls swam with the ... Read More
Our first stop was St. Thomas. We booked the Dolphin Discovery tour with carnival. It got good reviews and did not disappoint. While the travel to/from the sight of the dolphins is long, it is well worth it! Just the girls swam with the dolphins, as my wife and I went just to observe. Just a note that Carnival does not advertise the "observation only" ticket for this excursion but it is available at the excursion desk on board. It is a cheaper ticket and they do allow the observers to take pictures! Overall it is a beautiful place to spend the day and the girls had an experience of a lifetime! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We took the dolphin swim excursion in St.
Sail Date: February 2014
We took the dolphin swim excursion in St. Thomas and had a disappointing experience. We were in the water for about one hour but our "hands on" personal time with the dauphin was about 4 minutes as we were RUSHED through our ... Read More
We took the dolphin swim excursion in St. Thomas and had a disappointing experience. We were in the water for about one hour but our "hands on" personal time with the dauphin was about 4 minutes as we were RUSHED through our pictures. We had one dauphin for 12 people. The Celebrity cruise attendees, paid the same fee of $169 and got 3 dolphins for 12 people. They remained in the water about an hour longer than the Norwegian attendees with hands on the dolphins the entire time. This gave them about 50 minutes of "hands on" with a dolphin to our approximately 4 minutes. We were told that the dolphin swim company does not favor Norwegian Cruise Line. If you book this excursion through Norwegian you might also be disappointed in your rushed experience! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Dolphin swim part 5 + Too long of a trip by boat there and back Expensive No lunch provided
Sail Date: March 2013
Dolphin swim part 5 + Too long of a trip by boat there and back Expensive No lunch provided
Dolphin swim part 5 + Too long of a trip by boat there and back Expensive No lunch provided Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Had a fantastic time.
Sail Date: February 2013
Had a fantastic time. The ride over to the Dolphin swim was great. We got to swim about an hour.
Had a fantastic time. The ride over to the Dolphin swim was great. We got to swim about an hour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We were very pleased that we booked this tour.
Sail Date: November 2012
We were very pleased that we booked this tour. To get in he water with the dolphins, albeit in enclosed pens, was fantastic. Being advised that we cold not take photos was understandable, we knew this meant that the ones taken by the ... Read More
We were very pleased that we booked this tour. To get in he water with the dolphins, albeit in enclosed pens, was fantastic. Being advised that we cold not take photos was understandable, we knew this meant that the ones taken by the organisers would be sold at a premium, the cost was $100 for about 100 photos on disc and 2 printed. The journey to and from the port, the excursion was to he British Virgin Islands, was also pleasant. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This is an expensive tour, but well worth every penny spent.
Sail Date: October 2012
This is an expensive tour, but well worth every penny spent. Swimming with the Dolphins is a very exciting and memorable thing to do. They are very intelligent, and gentle, with incredible personalities. You do have an hour ride in a water ... Read More
This is an expensive tour, but well worth every penny spent. Swimming with the Dolphins is a very exciting and memorable thing to do. They are very intelligent, and gentle, with incredible personalities. You do have an hour ride in a water taxi over to Tortola, and you do have to surrender your passport to get it stamped, and have to fill out a customs form for the British island. The return trip also means you have to go through American customs, which is not as pleasant as going through the British customs. The American customs feels more police state and not as friendly as their British counterparts. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Our 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins was truly amazing and a wonderful experience that I ...
Sail Date: May 2012
Our 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins was truly amazing and a wonderful experience that I hope to do again someday. However, I would not do it in St. Thomas again only because the actual dolphin swim is on the island of Tortola, ... Read More
Our 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins was truly amazing and a wonderful experience that I hope to do again someday. However, I would not do it in St. Thomas again only because the actual dolphin swim is on the island of Tortola, which is a British island. So, we had to take a 1 hour ferry ride to get there, fill out custom forms and go through customs before we could take a short bus ride to the dolphin center. Once there, we watched an orientation video and got our life jackets on and then the group of about 60 people or so were split up into smaller groups of 10 and all taken to different areas to swim with a dolphin. So, that was great. It was 1 dolphin to 10 people so we really got to have some time with them. They take a lot of photos and spend a lot of time after the swim getting you to look at them and buy the cd of pictures. We bought two prints for $50 which is pretty steep I think! They had lunch but you had to pay for it so we opted to wait until we got back to the ship. So, after a short bus ride back to the pier we boarded the ferry for another 1 hour trip. Upon arriving at St. Thomas, we had to unload to go through US customs and then get back on the ferry to get back to the ship. Like I said, I would swim with dolphins again but not from St. Thomas. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We didn't see much of St Thomas as we opted to do a Dolphin excursion - this was amazing value for ...
Sail Date: September 2011
We didn't see much of St Thomas as we opted to do a Dolphin excursion - this was amazing value for money and a must do in the Caribbean! The Dolphins were in their natural environment and sempt really happy, we got to perform a large ... Read More
We didn't see much of St Thomas as we opted to do a Dolphin excursion - this was amazing value for money and a must do in the Caribbean! The Dolphins were in their natural environment and sempt really happy, we got to perform a large variety of tricks with them such as kiss, shake hands, and more extreme tricks like the push (Two Dolphins push your feet and propel you along). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International