Fathom, the new cruise voluntourism line, aiming to bring social impact to cruising, revealed details about its itineraries in Cuba.
Carnival Corporation, which started with a focus on the North Coast of Dominican Republic, has added Cuba as its destination since that country is currently growing in appeal.
Tara Russell, fathom chief, said that their program in Cuba would focus on Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos. Cultural immersion, including film and art, would be a major purpose. The activities on Cuba trips would not be as focused on voluntourism as the Dominican Republic ones.
Fathom already received approval from U.S. government for the cruises. Still, the line does not have an approval from the Cuban government, though having an ongoing conversation.
The first sailing of the one-ship line will depart on May 1 out of Miami, Florida aboard the 700-passenger mv Adonia. Thereafter, fathom will alternate week-long sailings from Miami to Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, the new purpose-built facility just outside Puerto Plata region, with week-long cruises to Cuba.
The team of the line also showed off some volunteer opportunities that travelers will be able to experience, such as making chocolate with a local women's coalition, working with 7th grade students in order to support English language teaching, or assisting with new water filtration products that can raise sanitation levels.