PHOTO: Amber Cove on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines)
Carnival Corporation announced Wednesday that it will expand its Fathom brand's social impact excursions in the Dominican Republic to six other cruise lines this fall.
Beginning this month, guests sailing AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises UK voyages with scheduled calls in Amber Cove will be able to purchase a social impact excursion as they would a traditional shore excursion.
The expansion will include the launch of two new excursion offerings, including the Hands-On Chocolate Experience at a Women's Cooperative and the Volunteer Experience at Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship.
The former will allow guests to work hands-on in the Puerto Plata community through a chocolate cooperative founded by local women. Travelers will explore an organic-chocolate factory in Altamira and work alongside the women to produce chocolate bars. Meanwhile, the latter experience will transport guests to the village of El Javillar, where they'll work alongside local women recycling paper into products for sale.
"The feedback from our travelers and our local Dominican partners who have participated in Fathom's social impact experiences in the Dominican Republic has been overwhelmingly positive and mutually beneficial," said Fathom president and Carnival Corporation global impact lead Tara Russell in a statement.
"The social impact experiences create enduring positive impact in the lives of children, families and communities, significantly affecting bright futures," Russell added. "It is exciting to now offer thousands of guests who sail with our family of brands to Amber Cove the opportunity to be part of Fathom's social impact experience and broader story."
According to Carnival, since Fathom began every-other-week cruises to Amber Cove this past May, guests participating in the experiences have contributed to the installation of 730 water filters for local families and have helped construct concrete flooring in as many as 40 homes, in addition to providing other services.
Currently, Fathom continues to explore new global opportunities and said it plans to reveal additional experiences in the coming months.