Guests will be able to participate in various social impact activities, such as helping locals at a cacao nursery
Fathom, Carnival Corporation & plc’s recently launched social impact travel brand, has revealed plans for its first proposed Cuba itinerary, which includes visits to the ports of Havana, Cienfuego and Santiago de Cuba.
Launched in June 2015, Fathom was developed to enable passengers to take a seven-day ‘social impact’ cruise onboard the 710-passenger Adonia and participate in various projects to improve education, the environment and the economy in underprivileged communities.
Fathom, which made history in July when it received US approval to sail from the US to Cuba, aims to offer its inaugural voyage to Cuba at the start of May 2016 and is currently working to finalise Cuban approval.
As part of the proposed seven-day itinerary, guests will be able to participate in various artistic, educational and humanitarian activities that support cultural and economic development in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Guests will also have free time to enjoy the various historic and cultural activities in each of the cities.
Meanwhile, onboard Adonia, guests will be able to participate in a range of activities, including an orientation of Cuba’s history, customs and culture; conversational Spanish lessons; and various other personal enrichment activities. Guests will also be able to watch geographically relevant films, enjoy Cuba-inspired menus and purchase specialist items.
“Cuba is a magnetic, beautiful country with tremendous opportunity for the Cuban people and for Fathom travellers to immerse, learn, grow and flourish through educational and cultural exchange experiences that we will offer,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “Fathom travellers will have the chance to interact, one-on-one, with artists, musicians, small business owners, health workers and others to learn about all aspects of Cuban society and to connect and share insights and stories, leading to further progress for the Cuban people.”
Fathom will debut next April with voyages to Amber Cove – Carnival’s new cruise port in the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic – where guests will work with local volunteers on projects led by Dominican-based organisations Entrena and the Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral.