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Fathom, Carnival Corporation's newest cruise line, is all in the news right now as it prepares for its historic sailing from Miami to Cuba with American citizens onboard, but the brand's inaugural itinerary to the Dominican Republic just made a positive impact in its own right, affecting locals and passengers alike.
Fathom bills itself as a social impact cruise line, with a philosophy focusing on two components: volunteering and cultural immersion. Its cruises to the DR involve both, and those to Cuba will focus on the latter. The Adonia is the brand's singular ship that is sailing currently to the DR every week and, beginning on May 1, will set out for Cuba for the first time and the DR again every other week thereafter, alternating between the two destinations.
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"Our brand has been on an incredible journey, from the idea's conception over two years ago through today," said Russell. "We set out to do something special with Fathom by introducing the world to a unique type of travel - travel with purpose. I want to personally thank everyone who stood alongside Fathom, and had a hand in getting us to where we are today. Without your support, we would not be where we are today."
Fathom also released statistics outlining the transformative results of its first group of volunteers in the Dominican Republic. To set the scene, the DR is a beautiful destination that is relatively impoverished with an average household income of less than $6,000 and more than 3 million locals that do not have piped water. But the potential for positive change is great, and the cruise line and its guests have begun to help in areas of economic development, education and the environment.
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"We have already accomplished a lot in a short period of time - but there is still much to do," Russell said. "While we celebrated and introduced the unique Fathom experience to our guests last week, we are looking forward to taking our guests every other week to the Dominican to continue making a profound and lasting impact for people in the country."
Examples of the help generated, in partnership with Entrena and the Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral, Inc. (IDDI), on just the first 7-day roundtrip include the following:
Student and Community English Language
Reforestation & Nursery
Water Filter Production
Cacao and Women's Chocolate Cooperative
Recycled Paper and Crafts Entrepreneurship
Community Home Concrete Floors
The experience is both transformative to the local community and guests onboard, and thanks to the Amber Cove port where the ship docks, there is plenty of time for leisure activities as well. Carnival Corp's private facility features a resort atmosphere with pool and waterslide attractions and access to other shore excursions such as beach visits, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, ATV-like buggy adventures, Puerto Plata tours, helicopter flights, fishing, horseback riding and catamaran sailings.
Seven-day Dominican Republic cruises begin at $974 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard immersion experiences, three social impact activities ashore and related supplies.
Jason Leppert - Senior Writer, Cruises and Cruise Travel - is a San Diego-based cruising expert with more than 100 sailings...
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