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Fathom’s ‘Voluntourism’ on the Way to Cuba: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 18-24

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Michael Isenbek | March 27, 2016

Fathom’s ‘Voluntourism’ on the Way to Cuba: 5 Cruise Line Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 18-24

Photo courtesy of Fathom

Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand will be sailing to Cuba beginning in May, having just received official permission from the Cuban government. President of the “voluntourism” focused subsidiary, Tara Russell, spoke to TravelPulse about this upcoming opportunity, what it means to give back, plus plenty more. Click for the interview.

Kid Rock’s 7th Annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise is in the books — a March 10-14 sailing on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Jamaica featuring Steel Panther, Tone Loc and Machine Gun Kelly, along with Kid Rock himself and numerous other performers. We’ve got the Instagram highlights from this Norwegian Cruise Line/Sixthman presentation, check them out here.

Though Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 has ended, there is still much valuable insight to glean from the event. A moderated discussion between top executives from mainstream and niche cruise lines touched upon broad topics related to the state of the cruise industry. Cuba, China, fears and misconceptions are some of the topics extracted by TravelPulse cruise guru Jason Leppert for your reading pleasure, or view the entire session on YouTube. Click to check it out.

With 24 million people cruising this year (per the Cruise Lines International Association) and hundreds of options to choose from, planning a sailing without help can be overwhelming. Heed these six nuggets of valuable advice from travel agents, and the experience will become a lot easier. Then follow the last directive and work with an agent to plan the trip!

Have you ever wanted to sail around the world? Now here’s your chance. Oceania Cruises will be conducting an “Around the World in 180 Days” journey in 2018. Fair warning: the cost per person for double occupancy is $39,999, but in return, this amazing seven-month odyssey will visit 87 ports of call in 40 countries. Click for details.


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