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Ok, bit of a convoluted ordering process to see the deal price, but heres the way to do it..........

Once you've clicked the "get deal" link.

1 = Type orlando in the destination box on the right of the page.
2 = Select your travel dates.
3 = Choose how many passengers (tickets) you need.
4 = Click search experiences.
5 = Scroll down to the 5th item on the list.

Here you will find the Seaworld THREE park ticket for £74.27.
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Claim #1: SeaWorld does not capture killer whales in the wild.

SeaWorld claims that due to the “groundbreaking success” of its captive breeding program (if you can call inbreeding a groundbreaking success), it hasn’t taken an orca from the wild in 35 years and only two of the whales currently in its care were captured.

What it fails to mention is that it didn’t exactly have a change of heart on the issue. The violent roundups it took part in decades ago and subsequent outrage are part of the reason we now have the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which banned the capture of marine mammals in U.S. waters.

It also failed to mention the role it’s currently playing in the Georgia Aquarium’s attempt to import wild-caught belugas from Russia to the United States. The permit request was denied by NOAA Fisheries, but the aquarium isn’t giving up and sued over the decision, despite the known threat that live-capture poses to the already small population.

There’s also Morgan, a young orca who was rescued off the coast of the Netherlands in 2010 and was later deemed unfit for release. She was moved to a marine park in Spain where SeaWorld keeps some of its whales and will be bred and trained to perform. Orca advocates argue that she could have been successfully released and are fighting to have her set free, which has been done successfully before. Springer, an orphaned orca, was reintroduced to her pod and was spotted with a calf of her own this summer.

Claim #2: We do not separate killer whale moms and calves.

SeaWorld asserts that it doesn’t separate mothers and calves and that whales are only moved to “maintain a healthy social structure” or on the “rare occasion” that mothers reject calves. Experts contend that this may be technically true, if a calf is defined as one who is still nursing. However, orcas stay bonded with their mothers for life and are routinely separated from them by marine parks.

The Orca Network’s Amy Costanza countered to SeaWorld that “You have shipped killer whales all over the world like they were Amazon.com packages, almost never reuniting mother and calf. These ‘rare occurrences’ seem to happen quite often at your facilities judging by the numbers of frequencies at which you have broken up killer whale families.”

Claim #3: SeaWorld’s killer whales’ life spans are equivalent with those in the wild.

SeaWorld argues that the life spans of its captive orcas are “comparable” to those in the wild, stating that five of its orcas are older than 30, with one being close to 50. However, this statement has been called out by the groups mentioned, who argue that the older orcas in SeaWorld’s care are an odd exception, not the rule, and that most die in captivity before even reaching maturity.

According to the Orca Network, and others, “the average life span for males is 30 years and 50 years for females. Males can reach an estimated maximum age of 60-70 years old, and females 80-90 years old.”

SeaWorld’s attempt to use lifespan as a justification for keeping them also ignores their quality of life. Does anyone really want to live to be 150 if they have to spend the whole time alone in a cell?

Claim #4: The killer whales in our care benefit those in the wild.

SeaWorld claims that its work with “universities, governmental agencies and NGOs to increase the body of knowledge about and the understanding of killer whales” and that its research has “significant real-world benefits” for wild orcas, but doesn’t say what they are and continues further down to argue that keeping them captive is the best way to get people interested in conservation.

According to the Oceanic Preservation Society, “SeaWorld has published very few scientific papers on the species and what it has contributed to our understanding of their biology was learned some time ago. SeaWorld contributes almost no information today that addresses the protection of wild orcas.”

Even if research and education were SeaWorld’s core goals, which as a for-profit business they aren’t, orcas, in theory, would not be kept as performers. Even then, sacrificing a complex being just so the public can gawk at it would still be a questionable practice at best.

Claim #5: SeaWorld invests millions of dollars in the care of our killer whales.

SeaWorld stated it spends $70 million on its orca facilities every year, but a tank is still a tank and no amount of money can turn a tank into an ocean.

Claim #6: SeaWorld is a world leader in animal rescue.

While SeaWorld does rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife, no one seems sure how successful its programs actually are and its certainly not throwing down money for conservation efforts. Claiming to be a leader in animal rescue also has nothing to do with exploiting marine mammals for a profit and certainly doesn’t justify continuing to do so.

Sea Shepherd notes that according to its 2011-12 Annual Report, SeaWorld has given only $9 million dollars over the last decade toward conservation efforts. To put that in perspective, the park brings in $1.5 billion every year and raked in $538.4 million this past July through September alone. Sea Shepherd continues, “That means for every 100 dollars in revenue they bring in, they donate approximately 1 cent toward saving the animals in the wild whose captive counterparts they are exploiting. That’s .0001 percent of their income going to help animals in the wild. I think that might be the most telling point of all ― that, in fact, SeaWorld is really nothing more than a money-making enterprise.”

As it turns out, Blackfish is having the exact effect SeaWorld was pretending it wouldn’t. It convincingly tapped into people’s emotions and led many to draw their own instinctual conclusion that something is terribly and inherently wrong with severing strong family bonds and confining these incredibly complex animals in tanks, regardless of how many facts and figures either side can come up with.

Even after sharing this letter far and wide, protesters still rallied in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio on December 22, thanks in part to a birthday wish from an adorable 5-year-old boy who asked the public to help him help the orcas by staying away from SeaWorld.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/seaworld-tries-to-convince-you-that-keeping-orcas-is-ethical.html#ixzz36sQZXB9L

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1 Like #1
Have you seen blackfish (_;)
1 Like #2
archer1204
Have you seen blackfish (_;)

Nope, but i've seen all the Free Willy films :p

Edited By: herby247 on Jul 13, 2014 17:49
#3
Yer black fish is boss
banned 4 Likes #4
Why fly to America? ..... there's more whales on Brighton beach on a sunny day..
1 Like #5
[email protected]!

Blackfish changed my perception of captive Wales to the nth degree. Never gave it much thought before.
#6
edit - slightly different deal to the one you posted a week ago. Still don't think anyone should be promoting tours to SeaWorld though

Edited By: sdavi3680 on Jul 14, 2014 13:07
6 Likes #7
Claim #1: SeaWorld does not capture killer whales in the wild.

SeaWorld claims that due to the “groundbreaking success” of its captive breeding program (if you can call inbreeding a groundbreaking success), it hasn’t taken an orca from the wild in 35 years and only two of the whales currently in its care were captured.

What it fails to mention is that it didn’t exactly have a change of heart on the issue. The violent roundups it took part in decades ago and subsequent outrage are part of the reason we now have the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which banned the capture of marine mammals in U.S. waters.

It also failed to mention the role it’s currently playing in the Georgia Aquarium’s attempt to import wild-caught belugas from Russia to the United States. The permit request was denied by NOAA Fisheries, but the aquarium isn’t giving up and sued over the decision, despite the known threat that live-capture poses to the already small population.

There’s also Morgan, a young orca who was rescued off the coast of the Netherlands in 2010 and was later deemed unfit for release. She was moved to a marine park in Spain where SeaWorld keeps some of its whales and will be bred and trained to perform. Orca advocates argue that she could have been successfully released and are fighting to have her set free, which has been done successfully before. Springer, an orphaned orca, was reintroduced to her pod and was spotted with a calf of her own this summer.

Claim #2: We do not separate killer whale moms and calves.

SeaWorld asserts that it doesn’t separate mothers and calves and that whales are only moved to “maintain a healthy social structure” or on the “rare occasion” that mothers reject calves. Experts contend that this may be technically true, if a calf is defined as one who is still nursing. However, orcas stay bonded with their mothers for life and are routinely separated from them by marine parks.

The Orca Network’s Amy Costanza countered to SeaWorld that “You have shipped killer whales all over the world like they were Amazon.com packages, almost never reuniting mother and calf. These ‘rare occurrences’ seem to happen quite often at your facilities judging by the numbers of frequencies at which you have broken up killer whale families.”

Claim #3: SeaWorld’s killer whales’ life spans are equivalent with those in the wild.

SeaWorld argues that the life spans of its captive orcas are “comparable” to those in the wild, stating that five of its orcas are older than 30, with one being close to 50. However, this statement has been called out by the groups mentioned, who argue that the older orcas in SeaWorld’s care are an odd exception, not the rule, and that most die in captivity before even reaching maturity.

According to the Orca Network, and others, “the average life span for males is 30 years and 50 years for females. Males can reach an estimated maximum age of 60-70 years old, and females 80-90 years old.”

SeaWorld’s attempt to use lifespan as a justification for keeping them also ignores their quality of life. Does anyone really want to live to be 150 if they have to spend the whole time alone in a cell?

Claim #4: The killer whales in our care benefit those in the wild.

SeaWorld claims that its work with “universities, governmental agencies and NGOs to increase the body of knowledge about and the understanding of killer whales” and that its research has “significant real-world benefits” for wild orcas, but doesn’t say what they are and continues further down to argue that keeping them captive is the best way to get people interested in conservation.

According to the Oceanic Preservation Society, “SeaWorld has published very few scientific papers on the species and what it has contributed to our understanding of their biology was learned some time ago. SeaWorld contributes almost no information today that addresses the protection of wild orcas.”

Even if research and education were SeaWorld’s core goals, which as a for-profit business they aren’t, orcas, in theory, would not be kept as performers. Even then, sacrificing a complex being just so the public can gawk at it would still be a questionable practice at best.

Claim #5: SeaWorld invests millions of dollars in the care of our killer whales.

SeaWorld stated it spends $70 million on its orca facilities every year, but a tank is still a tank and no amount of money can turn a tank into an ocean.

Claim #6: SeaWorld is a world leader in animal rescue.

While SeaWorld does rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife, no one seems sure how successful its programs actually are and its certainly not throwing down money for conservation efforts. Claiming to be a leader in animal rescue also has nothing to do with exploiting marine mammals for a profit and certainly doesn’t justify continuing to do so.

Sea Shepherd notes that according to its 2011-12 Annual Report, SeaWorld has given only $9 million dollars over the last decade toward conservation efforts. To put that in perspective, the park brings in $1.5 billion every year and raked in $538.4 million this past July through September alone. Sea Shepherd continues, “That means for every 100 dollars in revenue they bring in, they donate approximately 1 cent toward saving the animals in the wild whose captive counterparts they are exploiting. That’s .0001 percent of their income going to help animals in the wild. I think that might be the most telling point of all ― that, in fact, SeaWorld is really nothing more than a money-making enterprise.”

As it turns out, Blackfish is having the exact effect SeaWorld was pretending it wouldn’t. It convincingly tapped into people’s emotions and led many to draw their own instinctual conclusion that something is terribly and inherently wrong with severing strong family bonds and confining these incredibly complex animals in tanks, regardless of how many facts and figures either side can come up with.

Even after sharing this letter far and wide, protesters still rallied in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio on December 22, thanks in part to a birthday wish from an adorable 5-year-old boy who asked the public to help him help the orcas by staying away from SeaWorld.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/seaworld-tries-to-convince-you-that-keeping-orcas-is-ethical.html#ixzz36sQZXB9L
3 Likes #8
I saw the Shamu night show years ago and I have to say it was awesome!
1 Like #9
Seaworld is a vile place, after researching them and knowing what they do, you shouldn't want to visit.
1 Like #10
Why do people have a problem with sea world but hardly ever see any complaints for a deal on going to the zoo.

Genuine question as I think there both as bad as each other
1 Like #11
Who let the vegans in??? It's a DEAL for an attraction not a bloody debate for the WWF!!! Look, we as humans are evil and we do a lot of things that are indefensible, you cannot stop everything. Do I think that they SHOULD be exploited for our pleasure?... no; did I go to SeaWorld? yes, four times and loved it every time!

I look at it this way, at least they are well looked after, too many people are quick to judge the whole place on "Blackfish" without questioning why the trainers on the film too so long to raise their concerns. You cant believe all you read/watch, if they were doing things that contravened any laws etc, they WOULD have been stopped.

Anyone with any passion over the subject would be better off using their time to stop the disgusting antics of the Japanese whaling fleet.... oh, I mean "research team"!!
2 Likes #12
danyelle
Seaworld is a vile place, after researching them and knowing what they do, you shouldn't want to visit.

People should make their own decision.

And this is a deals website, plenty of other more suitable internet forums to discuss the morality.
2 Likes #13
danyelle
Seaworld is a vile place, after researching them and knowing what they do, you shouldn't want to visit.

SeaWorld is an amazing place, you have your view, I have mine!!! What did your "research" involve exactly?? a few websites and "Blackfish"?? Perhaps you should submit your evidence to the US authorities as its clearly so heinous that they will of course close it immediately!!

As the guy above said, Zoo's are no different and they seem to be accepted??
1 Like #14
gary1968
danyelle
Seaworld is a vile place, after researching them and knowing what they do, you shouldn't want to visit.

People should make their own decision.

And this is a deals website, plenty of other more suitable internet forums to discuss the morality.

Exactly what I meant, its not a hard concept is it???
#15
redjay22
I saw the Shamu night show years ago and I have to say it was awesome!

It was even better when the trainers used to go in with them, it was so emotional to see the interaction but safety for all involved is paramount.
1 Like #16
The animals were miserable in Seaworld when I went a few years ago. I never want to go there again. If people want to go that's fine but they'll probably change their minds about visiting again after what they see.
2 Likes #17
thebox
The animals were miserable in Seaworld when I went a few years ago. I never want to go there again. If people want to go that's fine but they'll probably change their minds about visiting again after what they see.

What are you on about?!?!? They "looked miserable"!?!?!? come on... SERIOUSLY?!?!! As I said, I've been four times and they always seem to be bright and enthusiastic, what does a miserable whale look like???
1 Like #18
People can make their own decisions of course, but I don't think anyone should be promoting visits to places like this. Some major tour companies have stopped selling tickets to SeaWorld for a very good reason. So we shouldn't discuss the morality? We should just sit back and ignore something that is clearly very wrong just because some ignorant people may get a good deal? Luckily people are catching on, there wasn't even really a debate about these places 20 years ago, so I have faith that they will eventually close down in the future as more and more people get exposed to just how cruel the conditions in these places are. There is no defense really. And frakison, I would love to see your "research" that collaborates with your opinion that these whales are having a lovely time in their tiny little cells taken away from any real social interaction. It's nothing more than Guantanamo Bay style isolation.
2 Likes #19
I was at SeaWorld only five weeks ago, I thought it was amazing. All the animals looked well looked after and yes the Shamu show was extremely entertaining. Lets just hope there isn't a deal for Monty Pythons Life of Brian as that debate will be pages long. Its a deal website not a place for virtual picketing.....
3 Likes #20
frakison
danyelle
Seaworld is a vile place, after researching them and knowing what they do, you shouldn't want to visit.

SeaWorld is an amazing place, you have your view, I have mine!!! What did your "research" involve exactly?? a few websites and "Blackfish"?? Perhaps you should submit your evidence to the US authorities as its clearly so heinous that they will of course close it immediately!!

As the guy above said, Zoo's are no different and they seem to be accepted??
Perhaps if you looked into it a bit more you will find out what really is going on like why they have now banned trainers from ever going back in the water,sitting on, diving etc with the killer whales now why do you think that could be
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Apr/11/seaworld-loses-appeal-killer-whale-trainers-water/
As for shutting it down
http://mic.com/articles/84789/if-this-bill-passes-it-would-close-seaworld-s-shamu-stadium
I agree it is disgusting what the japanese "research" teams are doing but realistically what can we do that as for seaworld is a place of amusement who has a choice of going there.Yes i went there as a child but now as an adult who will never go back and just encourage people to see behind the facade.
Everytime someone mentions seaworld i will come back with blackfish and yes even though like everything it may not be 100% unbiased.
We use to have slavery then we evolved.
1 Like #21
frakison
thebox
The animals were miserable in Seaworld when I went a few years ago. I never want to go there again. If people want to go that's fine but they'll probably change their minds about visiting again after what they see.

What are you on about?!?!? They "looked miserable"!?!?!? come on... SERIOUSLY?!?!! As I said, I've been four times and they always seem to be bright and enthusiastic, what does a miserable whale look like???

What does a bright and enthusiastic whale look like?
2 Likes #22
thebox
The animals were miserable in Seaworld when I went a few years ago. I never want to go there again. If people want to go that's fine but they'll probably change their minds about visiting again after what they see.

Been twice & will deffo go again in near future ..... Seaworld is an amazing place, great rides, great animals (the penguin display is fantastic). Also great to see the work that Seaworld do for conversation at first hand .... something that is never discussed BUT something that my kids took away from their visit.

Don't believe the hype over Blackfish people - story made by a couple of bitter ex-employees with a clear agenda.
1 Like #23
I suppose its a decent price. I paid 180 pounds for a 5 park ticket, Universal Studios and Islands of adventure added to this package. They are by far the better parks. Busch gardens is quite a drive away and was extremely disappointing. Next time I would just get the two universal tickets and go for Disney. Aquatica is good, but its on £25 each on the day anyway.
2 Likes #24
aqol45
thebox
The animals were miserable in Seaworld when I went a few years ago. I never want to go there again. If people want to go that's fine but they'll probably change their minds about visiting again after what they see.

Been twice & will deffo go again in near future ..... Seaworld is an amazing place, great rides, great animals (the penguin display is fantastic). Also great to see the work that Seaworld do for conversation at first hand .... something that is never discussed BUT something that my kids took away from their visit.

Don't believe the hype over Blackfish people - story made by a couple of bitter ex-employees with a clear agenda.

"Sea Shepherd notes that according to its 2011-12 Annual Report, SeaWorld has given only $9 million dollars over the last decade toward conservation efforts. To put that in perspective, the park brings in $1.5 billion every year and raked in $538.4 million this past July through September alone. Sea Shepherd continues, “That means for every 100 dollars in revenue they bring in, they donate approximately 1 cent toward saving the animals in the wild whose captive counterparts they are exploiting. That’s .0001 percent of their income going to help animals in the wild. I think that might be the most telling point of all ― that, in fact, SeaWorld is really nothing more than a money-making enterprise.”

Edited By: sdavi3680 on Jul 14, 2014 14:02: punctuation
2 Likes #25
aqol45
thebox
The animals were miserable in Seaworld when I went a few years ago. I never want to go there again. If people want to go that's fine but they'll probably change their minds about visiting again after what they see.

Been twice & will deffo go again in near future ..... Seaworld is an amazing place, great rides, great animals (the penguin display is fantastic). Also great to see the work that Seaworld do for conversation at first hand .... something that is never discussed BUT something that my kids took away from their visit.

Don't believe the hype over Blackfish people - story made by a couple of bitter ex-employees with a clear agenda.

I don’t understand how some people can defend it. It’s so clearly indefensible. Large social intelligent whales used to migrating thousands of miles with their pods in tiny enclosures for the entertainment of people. I don’t see how anyone can argue against that, it’s bizarre. The only thing that people try to kid themselves with is the conservation thing, but this has been exposed. Also if you want to teach your kids about whales put on a David Attenborough documentary or something instead of showing them a whale performing silly tricks.

Edited By: sdavi3680 on Jul 14, 2014 14:00
2 Likes #26
Three Abusement Parks in the one deal. :(
1 Like #27
Abusement parks! What is Aquatica abusing? Water? Sandals? Speedos perhaps.......
1 Like #29
Jaffakre1
Abusement parks! What is Aquatica abusing? Water? Sandals? Speedos perhaps.......

You do know they keep animals captive there and it's not a just a water park, right?
2 Likes #30
Well, the dolphins in the feeding area were getting angry at the people coming up to them - splashing them and pushing their hands away - and the orca whales just looked sad and lifeless when in their non-show pool.
#31
"A poll conducted earlier this year by responsibletravel.com, an online travel agent for responsible holidays, and the Born Free Foundation, found that 86 per cent of people would not wish to visit a marine park to see whales and dolphins as part of an overseas holiday."

From the article referred to above, but in all fairness the people going to that website would almost certainly be the people who don't like these parks. Like asking football fans arriving at the ground if they like football.

I understand people have their views and I respect them, but also respect my view of wanting to attend this park.
3 Likes #32
Heres a novel idea if you want to go see live orcas why not go to the ocean to see them thats what i did.
4 Likes #33
frakison
What are you on about?!?!? They "looked miserable"!?!?!? come on... SERIOUSLY?!?!! As I said, I've been four times and they always seem to be bright and enthusiastic, what does a miserable whale look like???

http://mediastorage-lls.bauermedia.co.uk/05/7d9a7/42f71/2f754/4b22c/ee996/e2c56/white-dee_646x363.jpg?1389264387


Edited By: RAFAVDV on Jul 14, 2014 14:27: misquote
1 Like #34
Shambolic
Jaffakre1
Abusement parks! What is Aquatica abusing? Water? Sandals? Speedos perhaps.......

You do know they keep animals captive there and it's not a just a water park, right?

Okay, I didn't see any, I was too busy looking at the floor and trying to keep to the puddles to stop burning my feet. If there are then I stand corrected
1 Like #35
I visited Sea World and Sea World Aquatica a couple of weeks ago and had a very nice time. I paid $125 (£73) locally for a 14 day pass to both parks so the price highlighted here seems good, although unless you are near Tampa you are unlikely to go to Busch Gardens more than once. I went to Aquatica a couple of times and found it to be much nicer than Wet n Wild. Rides and attractions for all ages, shapes and sizes and Ihu's Breakaway Falls is definitely worth the climb to the top! I travelled by myself and it was nice to be able to go on all but one of the rides as a single rider. My only frustration was that because of the time of year I visited, the afternoon storms meant that you had to get out of the water and all of the rides were closed until the weather improved. Sometimes this would be an hour or two and made it difficult to entertain yourself, but safety first I suppose and I imagine all the other parks do it. And to also say that the shows at Sea World were great and in particular, seeing the Penguins close-up for me was fantastic.
1 Like #36
frakison
danyelle
Seaworld is a vile place, after researching them and knowing what they do, you shouldn't want to visit.

SeaWorld is an amazing place, you have your view, I have mine!!! What did your "research" involve exactly?? a few websites and "Blackfish"?? Perhaps you should submit your evidence to the US authorities as its clearly so heinous that they will of course close it immediately!!

As the guy above said, Zoo's are no different and they seem to be accepted??


Do you want a few more double question marks?? ?? ?? Lol. ?? !! ?!?!?
As you said that's my view. I don't agree with zoos either.?? !! ?? !!
1 Like #37
Cold. Purely because SeaWorld is involved. Take your family shooting orphans or something instead, far more humane. -_-
#38
It's unnatural and cruel to keep Orca in captivity. Anyone visiting SeaWorld is condoning this barbaric practice.

I got taken there a number of years ago but really wish I hadn't. It's an awful place.

Voted cold.

(and before the idiots pipe up saying you should vote on the deal, not the product - a half price turd is still a turd).



Edited By: Ian182 on Jul 14, 2014 15:27
2 Likes #39
anybody drink milk? Cows and calfs are separated before they are weaned not after! Some incredible double standards here
2 Likes #40
seanrtkelly
Why do people have a problem with sea world but hardly ever see any complaints for a deal on going to the zoo.

Genuine question as I think there both as bad as each other

There is a huge movement against Zoos, use of ive animals in circuses, etc. All are cruel and barbaric.

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