Carnival Corporation’s new social impact brand plans to visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba
Typical Fathom itineraries will feature visits to arts, educational, cultural and historic sites, local musical performances, dinners in private home restaurants and more
SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 30, 2015 — Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation’s (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) 10th and newest brand, today announced that it intends to visit three ports of call in Cuba — Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. It also unveiled the intended 7-day itinerary that Fathom travelers will experience featuring an authentic Cuban cultural immersion – part learning, part sharing and all immersion into the Cuban culture and full connection with the Cuban people.
Launched in June 2015, Fathom made history in July in receiving U.S. approval to sail from the U.S. to Cuba, and it is working to finalize Cuban approval. Currently Fathom is accepting reservations for its inaugural voyage to Cuba beginning in May 2016.
Today’s announcement gives travelers preliminary information about the three ports Fathom intends to visit, along with insight into the proposed itinerary for the 7-day journey and the experiences that will take place in Cuba – which will focus on supporting cultural exchange and economic development for the Cuban people and include a variety of artistic, educational and humanitarian activities.
Below is a sample itinerary for a 7-day journey from Miami to Cuba:
“Cuba is a magnetic, beautiful country with tremendous opportunity for the Cuban people and for Fathom travelers 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 travelers 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.”
Russell added: “We believe there is tremendous pent up demand in the marketplace to visit this extraordinary country – particularly in the U.S. where travelers are eager to experience Cuba – so we wanted to share as much of the country as possible.”
According to Russell, each of the three ports of call is unique and was selected to provide distinctly different Cuban experiences. For example:
The Cuban itinerary provided has been designed in full compliance with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that allow licensed travel companies to transport travelers to Cuba to engage in activities that support the Cuban people. Fathom is working to finalize the details around the proposed itinerary with its partners.
Fathom travelers will sail aboard the 710-passenger MV Adonia where they may take part in robust onboard experiences customized to this unique travel encounter, including specialized retail focused on empowering purpose-driven businesses and entrepreneurs and culturally and geographically relevant music and film options, as well as Cuban-inspired menu options.
Special onboard programming will include a wide variety of activities covering an array of interests, ranging from an orientation to the country’s history, customs and culture, to casual fun personal enrichment activities, to conversational Spanish lessons, to guided sessions with the Fathom team to share insights, ideas and opportunities about the future of cultural exchange travel to Cuba.
Fathom Also Begins Sailing to Dominican Republic in April 2016
In addition, beginning in April 2016, Fathom will begin sailing to Amber Cove – Carnival Corporation’s new cruise port in the Dominican Republic and Fathom’s first social impact destination. In the Dominican Republic, Fathom will offer consumers authentic, meaningful impact travel experiences to work alongside locals as they tackle community needs. Fathom collaborated with diverse Dominican stakeholders including Dominican community leaders, Dominican officials and leaders of top local non-profits with deep roots in the country to identify activities that would have the greatest impact on people’s lives and make lasting contributions to the community.
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 150 days prior to departure.
Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,800 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences and on-the-ground cultural immersion activities. Prices will vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $600 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 150 days prior to departure. To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may call 1-855-9Fathom or through a travel professional. Learn more at www.Fathom.org.
Fathom is a different kind of cruise that combines one’s love of travel with the desire to make a difference in the world. It is a new category of travel, social impact travel. Part of the Carnival Corporation (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) family of now ten brands, Fathom offers consumers authentic, meaningful travel experiences to enrich the life of the traveler and work alongside locals as they tackle community needs. Fathom is unique in that it leverages Carnival Corporation’s expertise and scale for a one-of-a-kind business model to create long-term collaboration with its partner countries, allowing for sustained social impact and lasting development. Fathom will serve the sizable and growing market of potential social impact travel consumers – approximately one million North Americans – in addition to global travelers already pursuing service-oriented travel experiences worldwide.
Sailing aboard the MV Adonia, a 710-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will mobilize, educate and equip travelers on every trip allowing for thousands of impact activity days per week – and tens of thousands of travelers a year to communities of promise, providing unprecedented scale for impact.