Strong demand moves some Fathom cruises from Dominican Republic to Cuba

Posted: 15-Sep-16 10:54

Spurred by high demand from travellers, two cruises originally slated for the Dominican Republican are instead headed to Cuba this autumn. This change reflects, in part, the large number of American visitors booking trips to Cuba now that the more than half-century long travel embargo has finally started to ease.

Strong demand moves some Fathom cruises from Dominican Republic to Cuba

Record numbers of travellers are booking trips to Cuba and that has at least one company finding new ways to handle the increasing crowds. Fathom, the social impact travel line of Carnival Corporation, began weekly cruises from Miami to Cuba and the Dominican Republic this past spring, with agendas aimed at allowing travellers to immerse themselves in local culture.

As an article published on Travel Weekly outlines, the cruises have always alternated between the countries by week. Author Tom Stieghorst explains, though, that two cruises planned for later this autumn are breaking with that tradition. These include the cruises slated to sail 9 October and 6 November from Miami to the Dominican Republican. Based on strong demand from travellers, the company reports the ships will instead head to Cuba on those weeks.

The article suggests it may also be beneficial to Fathom as cruises to Cuba began in price at $1,599, compared to prices as low as $199 for a week-long cruise to the Dominican Republic. Fathom is, however, allowing already booked guests to either rebook for a different week, transfer their previous D.R. booking to a Cuba cruise or receive a full refund for the price previously paid. For those guests who decide to go to Cuba Fathom is also offering to cover the $75 visa, required to visit the island.

The Dominican Republic cruises are marketed as social-impact cruises, providing travellers with the opportunity to work alongside locals in programs aimed at helping D.R. communities, families and children. The Fathom ships all sail to Amber Cove, a new port in Puerto Plata.

Meanwhile, the Cuba people-to-people voyages from Fathom are aimed at allowing visitors to interact with locals in a unique form of cultural exchange. This type of program falls under one of the approved categories for Americans to visit Cuba, as specified by the U.S. government. Pure tourism by U.S. citizens is not allowed, yet travel restrictions have significantly relaxed over the past 21 months.

This has led to an influx of travellers, including many Americans eager to experience the once forbidden island culture. From unique cultural sites and attractions to impressive scenery and interaction with locals, many travellers are enthusiastically making plans to uncover the individual charm of Cuba.


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