Today, April 10, 2016 is the first day of cruising for Carnival Corporation’s new social impact cruise line called Fathom. The seven day cruises leave out of Port Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic (just outside Puerto Plata).
I was lucky enough to get a preview of the social impact activities Fathom has organized with Dominican organizations on the ground last fall. I helped make organic chocolates at a women’s cooperative, but I especially liked teaching English to grade school students at a rural school outside Puerto Plata.
Fathom’s new style of cruising is perfect for people who want to get more out of a vacation than just hanging around on a beach or going snorkeling (both of which I love — don’t get me wrong). But these activities don’t appeal to everyone. Not everyone is comfortable in a bathing suit, or maybe they live in a warm climate already (like me) and don’t really care about going to a beach. Maybe they want to see how people live, connect with others and cruise with like-minded, socially-aware people. I think Fathom will also be a great option for multi-generational families, where everyone wants to do something different, as well as singles (especially women) who want a meaningful vacation, want to do good, but be safe at the same time.
It’s great to have choices when you travel and Fathom gives us another really great option.