Fathom Offers Volunteer Cruise Vacations to Cuba and Dominican Republic in 2016

Fathom is reinventing cruising in 2016 with itineraries that make a difference. Our family loves the ease and convenience of a cruise vacation, and, as a dad, I also want my children to learn respect for others, appreciate differences and become socially responsible citizens. Fathom accomplishes both these goals through the powerful combination of travel and service – offering Caribbean cruise vacations with impactful cultural immersion programs. Continue reading for more details on the Fathom itineraries to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

MV Adonia

710 Passenger MV Adonia, image courtesy Fathom Travel Ltd.


Adapted from Carnival Corporation’s Press Release

Fathom is a different kind of cruise that combines one’s love of travel with the desire to make a difference in the world. Beginning in April 2016, Fathom will make its maiden voyage to the Dominican Republic and intends to begin sailing to Cuba in May 2016, subject to Cuban approval.

Cabarete DR Fathom

Cabarete, Dominican Republic, image courtesy Fathom Travel Ltd.


In April 2016, Fathom will begin sailing to Amber Cove – Carnival Corporation’s new cruise port in the Dominican Republic and Fathom’s first social impact destination. In the Dominican Republic, Fathom will offer consumers authentic, meaningful impact travel experiences to work alongside locals as they tackle community needs. Fathom collaborated with diverse Dominican stakeholders including Dominican community leaders, Dominican officials and leaders of top local non-profits with deep roots in the country to identify activities that would have the greatest impact on people’s lives and make lasting contributions to the community.

Dominican Republic Fathom map

Prices for the seven-day trip to the Dominican Republic start at $1,540 per person, which includes an exterior cabin with a view, all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies, taxes, fees, and port expenses. Prices will vary by season.

Havana, Cuba Fathom

Old Havana, Cuba, image courtesy Fathom Travel Ltd.


Starting in May 2016, Fathom intends to visit three ports of call in Cuba — Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. The proposed 7-day Fathom travel itineraries to Cuba are for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens. Prices for the Fathom cruises to Cuba start at $2,990 per person, excluding taxes, port and other government and related fees, and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences and certain on-the-ground cultural immersion activities.

CUBA Fathom map

Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation, added: “We’re incredibly excited and humbled by this potential opportunity to help travelers experience the amazing beauty and culture of Cuba, while being able to provide educational and cultural exchange activities that will benefit both the traveler and the Cuban people. After establishing the Dominican Republic as our first partner destination, Cuba represents an important step for us to expand our ability to offer meaningful and enriching experiences to purpose-driven travelers. Our goal remains the same for both destinations – to enable travelers to immerse, learn, serve and flourish while making enduring, sustainable contributions on a scalable and systematic basis. We are looking forward to building what we intend to be a beautiful and lasting friendship with the Cuban people.”

After School Football

After school football in the Dominican Republic, image courtesy Fathom Travel Ltd.


Part of the Carnival Corporation family, Fathom offers consumers authentic, meaningful travel experiences to enrich the life of the traveler and work alongside locals as they tackle community needs. Fathom is unique in that it leverages Carnival Corporation’s expertise and scale for a one-of-a-kind business model to create long-term collaboration with its partner countries, allowing for sustained social impact and lasting development. Fathom will serve the sizable and growing market of potential social impact travel consumers – approximately one million North Americans – in addition to global travelers already pursuing service-oriented travel experiences worldwide.

Seven Days from Fathom Travel on Vimeo.

Sailing aboard the MV Adonia, a 710-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will mobilize, educate and equip travelers on every trip allowing for thousands of impact activity days per week – and tens of thousands of travelers a year to communities of promise, providing unprecedented scale for impact. The Adonia offers extensive accommodations to appeal to every type of traveler including a spa complex, games deck, a pool overlooked by a sun deck, a fitness center with panoramic views and a wide selection of exercise equipment, a full-sized library, flavorful regionally inspired foods and lively Caribbean-themed musical performances.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I’m a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.