We have been waiting with much anticipation as the launch of Fathom cruises grows nearer. It is almost here, and we can't wait to hear more about this amazing "impact travel" experience. The line has already tested out its onshore activity programs with keen travellers, and the maiden sailing is just weeks away.
We will soon know exactly what it's like to be on a Fathom cruise, because we are sending someone to investigate! But until then, here's what we know...
A new kind of cruising is nearly here
Why have we been so excited to see Fathom begin operations since they first came on our radar? Because it's something completely different. Fathom cruises offer a deeper connection with the destination, through seminars, speakers and themed events and meals onboard, then immersion-style activities onshore. The line also aims to give back to the communities of the countries it visits by partnering with organizations to offer opportunities for passengers to volunteer onshore. This might include helping out with English classes, visiting and aiding small businesses and entrepreneurs, conservation efforts and plenty more.
Another unique and exciting highlight of Fathom's planned itineraries is the opportunity to cruise to Cuba from the US. The country has been closed to such travel for many decades now, and Fathom will be one of the first cruise lines venturing there out of the cruise hub that is Florida. The line is also offering cruises to the Dominican Republic, where the ship will stay in port at Puerto Plata for three days to allow time for connection, immersion and volunteer programmes.
Cruise Sale Finder on the scene
All of our (and your) questions will soon be answered! Ryan Posa, general manager here at Cruise Sale Finder, will be travelling to Miami in April to embark on one of the first Fathom cruises to the Dominican Republic.
After enjoying the cruise onboard the Adonia from Miami to Puerto Plata, Ryan will take part in the onshore programs, and hopes to be able to contribute to the efforts that Fathom and its partnering organisations are making to create social impact in the communities they visit.
Upon Ryan's return we will hear plenty more about this cruise experience which currently remains a little enigmatic! Check back in late April for the low-down on Fathom's social impact travel.
Are you intrigued by this new kind of cruising? Let us know what you think in the comments!