Social impact cruise brand Fathom, which is poised to begin voyages to Cuba and the Dominican Republic next year, will immerse passengers in the two regions’ cultures through film, dance, cuisine – even Spanish language lessons – while enroute to the destinations.
Fathom travelers will sail aboard the 704-passenger MV Adonia, and both itineraries – one to Dominican Republic and one to Cuba, begin with two days at sea, during which passengers can take advantage of the cultural programs before arriving in the destinations. Fathom, owned by Carnival Corp., is still waiting for Cuban government approval to sail to the island nation, but the launch of both series of voyages is set for spring 2016.
Those who sail aboard Fathom will engage in social impact activities in both destinations, such as working in a water filtration plant, helping with agricultural programs and assisting at local schools, for example.
Here are some of the planned onboard experiences:
* Cuisine: The Ocean Grill is Adonia’s specialty restaurant that will serve authentic and modern Cuban and Dominican food. It will be open for lunch and dinner.
* Language: Conversational Spanish sessions will provide travelers with a greater ability to communicate with local citizens and core impact classes that will help participants understand what it means to be a Fathom traveler, including how to work alongside and engage with locals for the most significant experience and community contribution.
* Film: Travelers are invited to enjoy onboard film festivals featuring cinematic treasures cultivated from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Fathom says its film series will also capture inspired points of view on social entrepreneurship and change makers that reflect everyday life in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, helping travelers gain a clearer understanding of how to make the greatest impact during their time onshore.
* Music/Dance: While onboard as well as in port, travelers may enjoy the lively rhythms and catchy beats of popular Dominican and Cuban music. Bringing some of the best performers onboard, Fathom will present the ultimate concert experience at sea where travelers “won’t be able to resist moving to the beat.” Local Dominican music and musicians will welcome travelers in Amber Cove, Carnival Corp’s newest port and destination development in the Caribbean.
“One of the most important aspects of every Fathom voyage is the onboard experience before and after the on-ground activities because it combines a great community building environment and playground with a powerful educational venue,” says Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “While our key mission is giving back, we also think helping to improve the universe should be the most fun you ever have. And we are dedicated to ensuring lively entertainment both onboard and when people are on ground. There will be time for swimming in the beautiful Caribbean water, surfing and enjoying local restaurants and nightlife, for example.”
Prices for the seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic start at $974 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three onshore social impact activities and related supplies. Prices will vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences and on-the-ground cultural immersion activities. Prices will vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $600 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.