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A different kind of cruise that combines your love of travel with your desire to make a difference.

Instead of taking the typical vacation, consider doing something different. It's time for you to give back a little; use your "vacation" time to make a difference in someone else's life – and ultimately in your own life.

Carnival Corporation & plc has created the newest trend in travel – "Fathom™", but it's not like anything you have ever experienced!

Fathom focuses on "meaningful travel experiences," allowing passengers to work alongside local organizations and residents. The company aims to have a positive impact in three areas: economic development, education and the environment. Passengers work side by side with residents on tasks such as cultivating cacao plants, teaching English or building water filters, using the docked ship as home.

Fathom offers a "radically different onboard and shore experience" than what is offered by any other cruise line. While other lines offer volunteer excursions, Fathom™ is the only cruise line that will sail full volunteer cruises year-round. Scheduled for April 2016, Fathom's first sailing will be a seven-night cruise departing from Miami, spending three days in Amber Cove, the newest cruise port in the Caribbean located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

Fathom's second destination will be Cuba, which is expected to begin sailing in May 2016.

Travel with Purpose

From the moment you step onboard 704-passenger ship, Adonia, you'll realize that a Fathom cruise is anything but travel as usual. Yes, of course you'll have leisure moments, creature comforts and time for recreation. But, during your time at sea, you'll also be focused on building a community with your fellow travelers, as you participate in on-board activities designed specifically to prepare you for your on-ground impact experience.

Experiences are customizable, so travelers can elect to combine a variety of social impact and recreation activities.

According to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival, "Fathom will cater to an under served market of consumers who want to have a positive impact on people's lives, and aren't always sure where to begin."

The concept of volunteering whilst on holiday is not a new one – but it is the first time that an entire cruise line has been based around the concept!

As Carnival Corporation spokesman Roger Frizzell explains: "No one else is doing it on a scale this big!"

Travel with Heart

"Social impact travel" seeks to blend the relaxation time you need in order to recharge and revitalize your own life with time that you can invest helping others.

To make sure your social impact experience is both meaningful and lasting, Fathom is partnering with respected non-government service agencies. In the Dominican Republic Fathom is partnering with organizations such as: Entrena and IDDI.
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