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Carnival Corporation has announced some exciting news for any of their ships that stop in Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.
Beginning in November, guests sailing on the six Carnival Corporation brands to Amber Cove (not counting Fathom), will be able to purchase a social impact excursion – one of the same ones that Fathom’s guests are able to participate in during their trip. Travelers will be able to buy a social impact excursion just like a traditional shore excursion.
“The feedback from our travelers 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 travelers 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.”
Since Fathom began their every-other-week voyages to Amber Cove, its guests have been able to produce 730 water filters for local families, construct concrete floors for 40 homes, plant almost 16,000 seedlings and plants, and have provided around 17,500 hours of English conversational language skills training to adults and youth students.
Seven of the ten Carnival Corp. brands stop in Amber Cove – AIDA, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa, Fathom, Holland America, Princess, and P&O Cruises UK. To expand the Fathom social impact experience, the company will provide the following two excursions:
- Hands-On Chocolate Experience at Women’s Cooperative – Guests can visit a chocolate cooperative founded by local women, as well as a tiny organic-chocolate factory run by a group of local women committed to earning an income while staying close to their families. Travelers will work alongside them in the chocolate production process from bean to bar.
- Volunteer Experience at Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship – Travelers will visit artisans at a recycling micro-business in the village of El Javillar. the RePapel co-op has taught local women to repurpose natural, recycled paper into treasures. Guests will work side-by-side with the women, discovering aspects of the program, including creating new products for sale. At the end, guests can also purchase keepsake products as mementos of their day.
Fathom is also currently exploring new opportunities globally and with sister brands to bring the Fathom experience onboard more ships to more guests. New opportunities for travelers to engage in the experience will be shared in the coming months.
In total, there are over 40 excursions currently offered to guests sailing into Amber Cove with the company’s brands. They include things like snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, relaxing at the beach, and more.