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Princess and Fathom Travel Add Additional Impact Sailings

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Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel have announced six additional impact sailings, called Travel Deep cruises, in 2018 to the Caribbean. The new voyages follow a successful inaugural sailing in January aboard Crown Princess, with over 150 guests joining locals for in-depth immersion into island life.

The unique group opportunities allow Princess guests to make an impact while traveling, and provide assistance and support to local communities in a variety of ways. The following six additional dates have been added on seven-day Princess Caribbean cruises:

  • Regal Princess, departing March 18, 2018 (previously announced) – Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Fort Lauderdale
  • Caribbean Princess, departing May 26, 2018 (previously announced) – Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Fort Lauderdale
  • Caribbean Princess, departing June 30, 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale
  • Caribbean Princess, departing July 28, 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale
  • Caribbean Princess, departing August 18, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Fort Lauderdale
  • Royal Princess, departing November 17, 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays, San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Fort Lauderdale

All Travel Deep group sailings include small group leaders and guides, unique onboard events and activities, and of course, the onshore opportunities to connect with those living in the Caribbean. Once booked, guests who wish to take part can email community@fathom.org to join the group, after which they receive onboard credits and special invitations to Fathom Travel programming.

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Highlights of the inaugural 8-day Crown Princess sailing that visited Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Amber Cove in January included the following activities:

  • In St. Thomas, the Fathom Travel group handed out nearly $14,000 worth of baby items, purchased by travelers, to more than 200 young families from the island. In the afternoon, the group helped the local Boys & Girls Club, where they built game tables, repainted facilities, and heard stories from local children.
  • In St. Maarten, guests helped with a clean-up at Guana Bay, a beach important to three species of sea turtles that nest on the island. Over 1.5 tons of trash was collected and removed. Travelers also visited the National Institute of Art, where they interacted with locals and supported their ART HEALS program through participation and a donation of $1,500.
  • At Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, one group of 50 travelers took part in the construction of two homes by pouring concrete floors for families who lost their home during hurricanes. Another group of 50 visited a local school and spent time with the students. Later, the group planted 400 seeds of mahogany and out-planted 90 seedlings.

Many of the repairs and aid were funded by donations made at youcaring.com/puertoplata-991506, where all proceeds went directly to rebuilding the Loma de la Bestia community in Puerto Plata. Those who can’t sail but still want to support Fathom’s efforts can make donations online.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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