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Are you looking for something different from your next cruise vacation? Are you hoping to leave your mark and make a difference? Fathom Cruise Lines just might be your best cruise vacation option…
Fathom Cruise Lines (a division of Carnival Cruise Lines like Princess Cruise Lines, etc) will sail it’s first sailing next month on April 10th to the Dominican Republic. Fathom launched on June 4, 2015 and has 1 ship, Adonia. Adonia has sailed both as Minerva 2 for Swan Hellenic and Royal Princess for Princess Cruises. The ship holds 704 guests in 4 categories without a casino. It has 8 rooms that sleep 4 and 72 that sleep 3.The ship was built in 2001, majorly rehabbed in 2011, and is undergoing another rehab in preparation for it’s Fathom debut.
Fathom will start their cruises to the Dominican Republic in April, introducing social impact cruising. Guests will truly make a difference when they travel! The Dominican Republic’s population is in great need of service- 40% live below the poverty line and the country has a great infrastructure for a program like this to function and be successful.
These cruises are 7 night, round trip from Miami with the first two days at sea learning and selecting what you would like to do once you arrive (all of the impact excursions are INCLUDED in your cruise price) on day 3. Guests will have a choice of 8 impact activities- 1 per day, at the most 3 to select. You can do as much or as little as you would like. These activities include visiting the Cocoa and Chocolate Women’s Cooperative where you will be working side by side with 23 local women making and packaging local, organic chocolate (and they allow taste testing!). You can choose to learn how to make ceramic water filtration systems and then deliver them the next day to the families in need. Most of the homes have dirt floors- you can choose to help lay cement foundations for families in need…
There are opportunities for relaxation in the Dominican Republic- you will spend 3 nights docked in Amber Cove. At Amber Cove you will find water sports, pools with slides and activities. You can also choose snorkeling and zip lining- but these latter types of excursions are at an extra cost.
While on board you will experience a complete cultural immersion with entertainment, cultural foods, movies, Spanish classes, and more. There are open seatings for dining and no formal nights. All programs are family friendly (minimum age is 8 years old) but parents be advised- there aren’t any kids’ clubs or babysitting on board.
Pricing starts at $975 per person for an inside stateroom based on double occupancy. Excluding taxes, fees and port expenses. Taxes, fees and port expenses are estimated to be $208 per person for the Dominican Republic. $300 deposit is required per person for all cabin categories. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Stay tuned… I will tell you all about how YOU can cruise to Cuba with Fathom….