Carnival Corporation & plc’s social impact brand Fathom has developed a culturally immersive programme for guests sailing on its seven-day voluntourism voyages to the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Each of the seven-day voyages begins with one or two days at sea onboard the 704-passenger Adonia, enabling travellers to enjoy various cultural immersion activities and impact workshops to prepare them for their onshore volunteering sessions.
For example, travellers will be able to attend presentations and educational sessions hosted by keynote speakers to learn more about each country’s history, culture and geography. They will also be able to watch films featuring Cuba and the Dominican Republic, as well as documentaries that showcase everyday life in each country and how the travellers can make the greatest impact during their time onshore.
Other examples include conversational Spanish lessons to enable travellers to interact with locals onshore and core impact classes, which will help them understand more about Fathom and working alongside locals during the volunteering sessions.
Travellers to the Dominican Republic will also learn about a range of other recreational activities and must-see landmarks available onshore.
“One of the most important aspects of every Fathom voyage is the onboard experience before and after the on-ground activities because it combines a great community building environment and playground with a powerful educational venue,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “While our key mission is giving back, we also think helping to improve the universe should be the most fun you ever have. And we are dedicated to ensuring lively entertainment both onboard and when people are on ground. There will be time for swimming in the beautiful Caribbean water, surfing and enjoying local restaurants and nightlife, for example.”
Onboard amenities will include various accommodation options, a games deck, a pool overlooked by a sun deck, a fitness centre, a full-sized library, a shop selling goods from local entrepreneurs worldwide and Embody, Fathom’s full-service spa. Food and beverage offerings will be Caribbean-themed with speciality restaurant, Ocean Grill, serving modern food from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile the Glass House will sell new-world wines by the glass as well as beer and cocktails.
Entertainment will include popular music from the Dominican Republic and Cuba, as well as salsa and merengue dance classes. Local musicians will welcome travellers in Amber Cove, Carnival Corporation’s newest port and destination development in the Dominican Republic.