Fathom, the 10th and newest brand from Carnival Corporation, has announced the successful conclusion of its inaugural voyage to the Dominican Republic on Sunday, April 24.
Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corp., said that guest feedback was extremely positive, providing evidence that there is a growing market for guests who want to make a positive impact when traveling.
Launched in June 2015, Fathom provides the opportunity to travel with like-minded people, become immersed in another culture and work alongside its people to create enduring social impact. Fathom offers social impact programming through long-term partnerships with destinations, and sails every other week to the Dominican Republic.
Impact activities in the Dominican Republic include a wide range of projects focused on economic development, education and the environment. During the inaugural voyage, guests, depending on their individual passions and skills, participated in projects they felt most strongly about, and worked directly alongside local people and Fathom’s partner organizations.
Working with its impact partners Entrena and the Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral, Inc. (IDDI), Fathom and its guests took part in various projects, including classes aimed at helping local students with English language proficiency, planting more than 2,400 trees and producing 50 water filters. Guests also had the chance to assist in a cacao and women’s chocolate cooperative and a recycled paper and craft entrepreneurship project, as well as pour concrete floors for two community homes.
When not participating in social impact projects, guests also had the chance to take part in leisure activities, including exploring ancient ruins, interacting with marine life and visiting the beach.
The Adonia docked at Carnival Corp.’s newest port Amber Cove, located in the Puerto Plata region, where guests had access to select shore excursions. The port offers numerous sea and landside experiences, including several beach getaways, kayak, paddle board and snorkeling tours, ATV-like terracross buggy expeditions, Puerto Plata tours, helicopter rides, fishing trips, horseback riding, deep sea fishing tours and catamaran sailings.
Prices for the seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic start at $974 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. Prices will vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.