Carnival cruises takes Cuba
Fathom's new "social impact" sailings
The Carnival Cruise Line Corporation launched a new brand called Fathom in June. Its first destination will be the Dominican Republic in April 2016 and Cuba in May, which will make it the first American cruise company to visit the island since the 1960 trade embargo. Fathom’s focus is “social impact travel” — experiences working alongside locals to tackle community needs. Their inaugural trip to the Dominican Republic will begin with an orientation to the country, conversational Spanish lessons and “impact” activity training. After that, travellers can choose how they’d like to help. Options include: cultivating cacao plants then producing artisanal chocolate at a women’s coop; teaching English in classrooms and through adult-learning programs; building water filters using clay and delivering them to families. (At the time of writing, Cuba’s itinerary was awaiting approval from the Cuban government.) Seven days aboard a 710-passenger ship set to sail from Miami start at US$1540 per person to the DR; US$2990 to Cuba, including meals. tel: (206) 626-8300; fathom.org.
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