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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group, after which they receive onboard credits and special invitations to Fathom Travel programming.
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.