Passengers on all Carnival Corp. cruise lines that visit Amber Cove, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America and Princess Cruises, will be able to take part in voluntourism activities developed by company's social impact line, Fathom.
Unlike on Fathom, where the activities are included in fare, the new volunteer opportunities will cost money like a regular shore excursion. Excursions currently slated to be offered include a hands-on experience at a women's co-op that produces chocolate and a volunteer experience at a recycled paper and crafts initiative.
The company says Fathom has already made a difference in the region where Amber Cove in located - the northern coast of the Dominican Republic - since the line began sailing there every other week. Since May, the company notes that passengers have produced and installed 730 water filters for local families, constructed concrete floors for hundreds of people in 40 homes, planted nearly 16,000 seedlings and plants, and provided approximately 17,500 hours of English conversational language skills training.
By allowing more passengers from the other lines to take part in volunteer activities, the company hopes to see an even greater impact within the Dominican Republic community.
"The feedback from our travelers and our local Dominican partners who have participated in Fathom's social impact experiences in the Dominican Republic has been overwhelmingly positive and mutually beneficial," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation.
"Our travelers repeatedly tell us the activities and alongsided interaction with the local Dominican people is very fulfilling, rekindling their hope and passion and inspiring a whole new perspective on life."