MIAMI — Carnival Corporation today announced plans to expand its Fathom brand’s Dominican Republic social impact experiences to its other cruise line brands sailing to its Amber Cove port of call.
Beginning in November, guests sailing regularly on the six additional Carnival Corporation brands to Amber Cove will be able to purchase a social impact excursion – a new participatory and immersive travel category pioneered by Fathom that takes people into the heart of a destination to explore local communities and discover its people in unconventional ways. Guests can purchase a social impact excursion just as they do today with traditional shore excursions.
“The feedback from our travellers 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 travellers 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.”
Russell added: “Additionally, the social impact experiences create enduring positive impact in the lives of children, families and communities, significantly affecting bright futures. It is exciting to now offer thousands of guests who sail with our family of brands to Amber Cove the opportunity to be part of Fathom’s social impact experience and broader story.”
Since Fathom began its every-other-week voyages in May 2016 to Amber Cove – located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic — its guests have been able to produce and install 730 water filters for local families, construct concrete floors for hundreds of people in 40 homes, plant nearly 16,000 seedlings and plants, and have provided approximately 17,500 hours of English conversational language skills training to adult and youth students.
Seven of the 10 Carnival Corporation brands make calls on Amber Cove — AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises UK. By offering Fathom experiences to guests sailing on its other brands, the company expects to provide this unique, personally enriching experience to a much wider and growing number of guests with each additional sailing. In turn, this has the potential of significantly expanding the number of traveller impact days per month and broader collective impact story in the Dominican Republic.
To expand the Fathom social impact experience, the company will provide the following new excursions:
Hands-On Chocolate Experience at a Women’s Cooperative: Travellers will engage in an immersive cultural experience and make an impact in the Puerto Plata community during a unique, hands-on visit to a chocolate cooperative founded by enterprising local women. Travellers will visit the small community of Altamira where they will discover Chocal, a tiny organic-chocolate factory run by a group of local women committed to earning an income while remaining close to their families. Travellers will have the opportunity to work alongside these women to participate in the chocolate production process from bean to bar, a truly rewarding experience.
Volunteer Experience at Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship: For a rewarding experience that makes an impact on local communities, travellers may embark on an engaging and immersive cultural experience visiting artisans at a recycling micro-business. In the little village of El Javillar, travellers will find the RePapel co-op, a Recycled Paper & Crafts initiative that has taught local women to repurpose natural, recycled paper into treasures. Travellers will work side by side with these friendly women, discovering all aspects of the program, including creating new products for sale. At the end of their experience, travellers may purchase keepsake products to take home as mementos of their day.