The impact travel brand of Carnival Corporation, Fathom, officially received permission from the government of Cuba to sail to the island nation from May 2016.
Yesterday (March 21), executives from Carnival Corp. met in Havana with Cuban government officials in order to sign the historic agreement, this way reopening the island to the first American cruise ship in more than 50 years. Fathom’s mv Adonia will start sailings to Cuba from Miami FL on May 1, calling in Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Havana on week-long itineraries.
The president of Carnival’s new Fathom brand, Tara Russell, said:
“Our Carnival Corporation and Fathom brand teams have worked closely with Cuba throughout this process and we are thrilled to begin regular sailings to Cuba from Miami starting on May 1, 2016. We have been told that we will be the first cruise line to sail from the U.S. to Cuba with our historic inaugural sailing.”
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said:
“We are excited about Cuban approval and are ready to take travelers there through an extraordinary guest experience on the beautiful MV Adonia.
“This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba. We believe there is no better way to experience so much of Cuba in seven days. Everyone who sails with us with Fathom to Cuba will have a very special, rewarding and enriching experience with our Fathom brand.”
Fathom is the latest brand from Carnival Corp., that offers impact travel style cruising. Passengers sailing with Fathom have the opportunity to immerse in the destination, partaking in humanitarian projects, learning local history, and participating in other “people to people” activities.