Lately, we have been talking about how changing U.S. policies has made travel to Cuba more accessible for travelers from the United States. Direct flights from New York City, Tampa and Miami and an increase in the number of authorized reasons for permitted travel to Cuba, have led to this change of policy. Of all the big changes we have seen, one of the most anticipated and exciting, for many travelers, are the cruises which are expected to begin in early 2016, by Carnival Cruise Corp.
A giant in terms of both size of the corporation as well as the size of its ships, Carnival has been offering luxury cruises to destinations in the U.S. and beyond, for years. Considered one of the World’s Leading Cruise Lines, Carnival has won numerous awards in the past as a readers choice, a top pick a the Cruise International Awards and much more. Now, in an effort to promote growth which is sustainable, Carnival has launched its Fathom brand of ships. Touted as “travel with a heart”, the Fathom ships were created to offer what is being referred to as “Impact Travel”. A way for travelers to enjoy the best of cruising combined with sustainable and even educational travel, this type of travel is relatively new in the mainstream travel world.
Also known as social impact travel, the first destination on Fathom’s radar was the Dominican Republic. Now, Carnival has added Cuba to its list of destinations for travel. Much more than just a cruise, passengers of Fathom ships have the opportunity to visit these unique and culturally rich destinations as well as doing some good along the way.
Fathom is slated to begin sailing to Cuba in May 2016. A “cultural exchange voyage”, the trip sets sail from Miami aboard the Adonia, a 710 passenger ship, for 7 days. The ship itself is like other Carnival cruise ships in that it offers all the finest amenities and services to make your journey a pleasant one. A full-sized library, pool, gym, games and fine dining are just the beginning. Cuban inspired meals help passengers get into the spirit of their journey. Upon arrival to Cuba, cruisers will be immersed in the culture and be able to truly experience the Cuba, long unavailable to American travelers.
For more information about travel to Cuba, visit travel.state.gov. For information about this cruise option, check out Carnivals new “impact travel” website at www.fathom.org.