Only Fathom provides travelers with a single journey that provides these two distinct experiences in one trip. The seven-day voyages combine the magnetic energy of Cuba with the Dominican Republic’s charismatic charm and the opportunity to make lifelong connections through specially designed impact activities. Travelers are deeply immersed in the arts, history, culture and everyday lives of Cuban people while in Santiago de Cuba. While in the Dominican Republic, travelers have the opportunity to participate in social impact experiences that make a profound and meaningful difference in the lives of Dominican citizens and their communities.
“We continuously seek ways for our travelers to enjoy the beautifully vibrant people, sites and cultures of the countries we visit without having to break the bank,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “Travelers will be able to discover new possibilities, create new cultural connections and understanding and become part of something bigger, all while having a ton of fun and unleashing their own potential in creative and surprising new ways.”
During the voyage’s first stop, travelers can participate in people to people programs arranged and sponsored by Fathom, where they can spend a full day in Santiago de Cuba interacting with the Cuba people and discovering the sights unique to the island. As Cuba’s second largest city, it is home to the popular festivals of Carnaval and the Fiesta del Fuego, as well as to many of the country’s most famed musicians and artists and some of its most-visited historic sites. Santiago is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle and well-known areas such as San Juan Hill, Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, and the Plaza de Marte. Travelers can also enjoy lunch in a local paladar (privately owned restaurant).
Cuba’s most revered Catholic shrine, Our Lady of Charity El Cobre Church is located in Santiago. There, travelers learn the story of the boys who claimed to see the Blessed Virgin Mary and then spread the word of special favors being granted through the intercession of Our Lady of Charity.
The journey then travels to the Dominican Republic where, after a restful day at sea, travelers awake to spend one and a half days participating in optional and unforgettable impact activities to connect with the Dominican Republic and its people in exceptional ways. Impact activities are designed to address the economic, educational and environmental health of the community and enable travelers to collaborate with locals on meaningful activities like planting trees, helping a women’s cooperative produce artisan chocolates and building water filters for Dominican homes. Participating in these activities allows travelers to fully experience the personal transformation that comes with this journey and being part of creating powerful and sustainable change.
The Cultures of Caribbean itinerary includes:
- Sunday – Depart from Port Miami at 4:30 p.m. ET
- Monday – At sea
- Tuesday – In Santiago de Cuba from 9 a.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET
- Wednesday – Arrive in the Dominican Republic at 7 p.m. ET
- Thursday – In the Dominican Republic
- Friday – Depart the Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. ET
- Saturday – At sea
- Sunday – Arrive in Port Miami at 7:30 a.m. ET
Pricing for Fathom’s seven-day Cultures of Caribbean itineraries to the Dominican Republic and Santiago de Cuba start at $499, excluding taxes, fees, port expenses and gratuities and Cuban visa, and include all meals on the ship and lunch in Santiago de Cuba, lunch during Dominican Republic impact activities, onboard experiences and select on-the-ground activities. The required Cuban travel visa is $75 per person and gratuities are estimated at $80.50 per person. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may call Fathom toll-free at 1-855-932-8466 or work with a travel professional. Learn more at www.Fathom.org.