Cruise News – Jan. 18, 2018
The first Cruise for the Caribbean sailing, on January 20, has already sold out, so the partnership has added two additional 7-day cruises calling on St. Thomas and St. Maarten as well as Paradise Cay in the Bahamas. Regal Princess departs Port Everglades on March 18, 2018, and Caribbean Princess follows on May 26, 2018.
The sailings will feature guides experienced with social impact travel as well as activities onboard and onshore designed to immerse visitors in island life and make connections with communities in need.
In St. Thomas, for instance, cruisers will be part of a donation drop of more than 2,000 items for young families, done in partnership with the St. Thomas Department of Health, the St. Thomas Boys & Girls Club, Baby Zone NYC, and Aerostream in Miami.
In St. Maarten, cruisers will help the tourism association in projects for the St. Maarten Nature Foundation and The National Institute of the Arts.
On the current cruise, a stop in the Dominican Republic includes a chance to help rebuild a school and homes damaged in past hurricane seasons, along with Caritas International, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment, and Civil Defense.
Fathom has also been raising funds for Loma de la Bestia, a rural community 25 minutes from Amber Cove, at youcaring.org.
“I’ve always believed there is an appetite among travelers to combine their passion for adventure with their desire for meaning, purpose and deep connection,” said Tara Russell, Fathom president and Carnival Corporation global-impact lead. “Now more than ever, our friends in the Caribbean need us to show up to support kids and families as they return to school and build normalcy in their daily lives. These cruises offer guests a transformative opportunity to make an impact in these communities.”