Fathom Announces New Social Impact Activities in the Dominican Republic | Cruise News – Jan. 14, 2016

Fathom Announces New Social Impact Activities in the Dominican Republic

 Cruise News – Jan. 14, 2016

The newest cruise brand, Fathom, is adding four more on-ground social impact activities available to travelers visiting the Dominican Republic. In addition to the range of activities previously announced —building water filters, helping a women’s cooperative produce artisan chocolates, and teaching English — travelers may now select from four new social impact activities:

  • Home Improvement: As part of this home improvement initiative, travelers may take part in pouring concrete for new floors, painting houses, fixing broken furniture, cleaning and improving community surroundings and common areas, or planting fruit trees.
  • Special Needs Rehabilitation: Travelers will work with special-needs patients at a physical and rehabilitation therapy center where activities range from participating in game therapy sessions for children with autism to supporting lab personnel to make and fit orthopedic devices and prostheses.
  • Arts & Crafts Production with Local Women’s Cooperative: Fathom travelers may connect with a group of enterprising women whose association makes eco-friendly arts and crafts. Travelers may help with the paper recycling process, create arts and crafts for the cooperative to sell, or help find ways to expand the association’s production.
  • Host Family Experience: Dominican families will host Fathom travelers in their homes, connecting one-on-one and sharing more about daily life in the country. Meanwhile, Fathom travelers will help the local families polish their English language skills while discussing local community assets and business ideas.

According to Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation, with the flexibility to choose from a wide selection of impact activities and recreational options, Fathom travelers will be able to customize their itineraries to achieve their own ideal balance of purpose and play time.

“Fathom was established to give people a way to combine their love of travel with their desire to make a difference,” said Russell. “These latest additions to the social impact portfolio will fulfill that promise, giving travelers even more options for getting immersed in the Dominican culture.”

Sailing aboard Adonia, which will be redeployed from P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will welcome up to 700 travelers on each cruise, allowing for thousands of impact activity days per week. Cruises launch from Miami in April.

Photo: Fathom

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