Social impact cruise line, Fathom, keeps Cuba to itinerary for 2017

Posted: 30-Dec-16 09:51

Fathom, established by Carnival Corp in 2015 to offer travellers the chance to truly engage with the people and places they visit while sailing, will include Santiago in its destinations from February. Itineraries start from Miami and head for Santiago de Cuba. But travellers will need to be quick, as trips will only run until June.

Social impact cruise line, Fathom,  keeps Cuba to itinerary for 2017

It is one of the fastest-growing types of tourism, with the trend showing little sign of waning as we head into a new year. Understandably, then, it was only ever going to be a matter of time until vacations with a conscience came to the Caribbean’s least explored island.

Carnival Corp’s cruise line Fathom is one of the brands currently enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to its position as a provider of “impact travel”. The idea is pretty simple, and unarguably effective – focussing on allowing tourists to become part of a community of travellers that work alongside the people and places they encounter whilst on vacation, with the intention of having a positive impact on a specific destination.

Cuba has now been added to the itinerary for Fathom cruises scheduled to hit the Dominican Republic according to a report on Travel Weekly, with the seven-day holidays combining beautiful islands and socially forward thinking activities. The voyages will take place during the weeks of February 26, March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, and May 7, with prices beginning at $599USD per person.

The journeys will depart from Miami, Florida, one of the busiest ports in the US mainland, and will sail onto Santiago de Cuba, pulling in on Tuesdays at 9am and departing at 6pm. All passengers will require a Cuban visa, at a cost of $75, before embarking on their trip, including those already booked onto the routes that have now had Cuba added to the list of destinations.

Fathom will cease operations shortly after the final Cuban journey, with the business due to cease as of June 2017, at which the Adonia ship will be returned back to P&O Cruises, the carrier that owns the vessel. As such these pioneering trips will mark the last days of a truly pioneering holiday company, leaving a significant gap in the market ready to be filled by a new name.

Time will tell who that will be, but the shoes that need filling are particularly big, with Fathom leaving behind an impressive legacy of social impact tourism in its two years of service, although it’s worth noting that the brand name will be retained as a shoreside-only offering, dealing with specialist excursions for passengers travelling with one of Carnival’s other brands, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cuirses, Costa Cruises, Aida Cruieses and P&O Cruises (UK).


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