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Carnival have released more details about what people will be doing, or what will be available for people to do, on Adonia’s day calls to the Dominican Republic and Cuba once she starts cruising for fathom. Interestingly, it looks as if they will be different from each other.

In order to comply with US regulations the licensed travel providers in Cuba will be providing “authentic cultural interaction with the Cuban people”. This means that the programmes on offer will apparently require every traveler who leaves the ship in Cuba to spend eight hours a day in structured people-to-people activities. This could involve education, the arts and/or a wide range of other cultural exchange programs. Passengers disembarking in the Dominican Republic may volunteer to work on various projects – provision of drinking water, agricultural projects and involvement in literacy projects have been mentioned. However, passengers calling at the Dominican Republic don’t have to volunteer for these activities; instead they can explore part of the Dominican Republic (specifically, the Puerta Plata region) or simply use the shore-side resort leisure facilities of the company that is partnering with fathom in that country.

I’m struck by the different language used to describe the options. As regards Cuba, it’s “.. will require every traveller who leaves the ship…”, whereas in the Dominican Republic it’s expressed as “.. passengers may volunteer…”.

I’m still not sure about this one.

4 Responses to “More on what fathom's passengers will be doing on day calls in the Dominican Republic and Cuba”

  1. Malcolm Oliver says:

    Being a cynical type of guy, I wonder if Carnival developed a strong social conscience.

    Or are they just trying to generate some positive publicity after the ‘Costa Concordia’ disaster?

    Or maybe their main aim is to tap into a new cruise niche which is not served at present and generate a nice profit.

    Or, alternatively is ‘Fathom’ their calling-card to get their foot in the door of Cuba and to path the way for their regular cruise ships to later visit Cuba one day?

    Maybe it’s a bit of all the above?

  2. Clive says:

    Also being of a cynical nature I would add that if this works for Carnival they have found a way of removing one of the remaining relatively small ships from one of its mass market brands and if sufficiently successful they have Pacific Princess they can transfer across so they have got rid of their remaining two former R ships without selling to a competitor as they have effectively done by selling Ocean Princess to Oceania now part of NCL Holdings effective early 2016. (Apologies if I’ve got Pacific and Ocean the wrong way around.)

    • Malcolm Oliver says:

      A interesting idea Clive.

      I really do find it hard to believe that the motive is purely for profit. Are there really that many potential ‘social conscience’ cruise passengers out there?

  3. Clive says:

    Initially perhaps but I suspect the motives for fathom is a mixture of the above as you suggest Malcolm.

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