Great trip report Stew. We're out on DD next month on a Dolphin trip so it was good to hear that you highly rated the boat and the crew and by the sound of it the boat is actually quite a bit better than I was expecting it was going to be. My pre-trip anticipation is certainly building up to fever pitch now!
There were a couple of things that could be done to improve the boat for sure, but the boat in general is roomy, well air conditioned and has a crew that have one thing on their mind, and that is to make sure that you have as great an experience as possible. The crew are very open minded and were very accommodating. You will not be pampered like some of the top end liveaboards around the world, but like I have said the money reflects this. To be totally honest, I dont really want any pampering when I am away. There are 2 different places for the dolphins, one in the north and one in the south. We were fortunate to have 2 big pods join up with us. I kinda got the feeling that these dolphins actually recognise the engines of the Dolphin Dream and you can see them coming in, in 2's and 3's from all different directions. Once they had formed a good sized pod we would get in and swim with them. I said to Louise that I would like to go back in a year or so and do another 10 day charter. I was so pi$$ed off that I was full of man flu and couldnt get in with them at night. I can only imagine what kind of images Paul Carre has. The conditions were spot on and with about 30 dolphins hunting feeding and playing.
I hope your trip is as fruitful as mine.
All the best bud.