I’ve got some exciting news to share! Next week (May 8-15) I will be a media guest on a Fathom Travel cruise to the Dominican Republic, leaving from Miami and docking in Puerto Plata.
Having launched its ship, the Adonia, in April 2016, Fathom Travel currently offers separate round-trip voyages from Miami to the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Belonging to the Carnival brand, Fathom takes a different approach to ocean voyaging with a “travel with purpose” mission. While each destination differs on this aspect, passengers will either become involved in immersive cultural experiences or participate in various community projects.
For their Dominican Republic cruises, Fathom’s choices of impact activities may extend to:
- Visiting a women’s cooperative that produces chocolate (it’s chocolate; how could you say no to doing that!);
- Interacting with students and adults through helping them learn English;
- Planting trees through a reforestation and nursery program;
- Turning recycled paper into craft projects;
- Building projects involving the installation of water filtration systems and concrete flooring in community homes.
While impact travel is central to Fathom’s mission, cruise excursion options also extend to tours of certain areas and popular activities such as ziplining or snorkeling. As for their Cuba cruises, Fathom broke serious ground in making history as the first cruise to sail from the U.S. to Cuba (setting off on May 1) in 50-plus years. That’s big!