Sunday, December 17, 2017

Volunteering cruise passengers

Fathom cruise volunteersLast month, Carnival Corp which has been building the 85 million USD Amber Cove cruise terminal close to Puerto Plata, announced that it will be launching a new type of cruise travel. Under the name fathom, the company intends to take 700 passengers every week on seven-day journeys from PortMiami to the Dominican Republic starting in April 2016 for trips that include volunteer activities with established organizations on the ground, including the Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral Inc. (IDDI) and Entrena.


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Starting April 2016, the MV Adonia will spend two days each traveling to and from Amber Cove, and will remain three days on the ground. Using the docked ship as their home away from home, passengers will be able to cultivate cacao plants; make chocolate with a women’s cooperative; work with educators to teach English skills and help build water filters, alongside traditional excursions including windsurfing and hiking.

Instead of Broadway-style shows and casino nights, the ship will offer onboard activities in the form of training for the in-port activities, Spanish language lessons and Dominican music, art and culture. Menus will be inspired by the destination.

Trip prices start at 1,540 USD a person which includes a cabin, all meals onboard and three on-shore activities related to the volunteer effort. A non-specified portion of the fare will go to partner organizations to cover supplies, travel and staff on the ground and to help fund their general operations.

Amber Cove
Set in a broad cove ringed by lush green mountains, the cruise facility is foreseen to welcome its first cruise ship on 6 October 2015. The new two-berth Amber Cove Cruise Center will be able to accommodate up to 8,000 cruise passengers and 2,000 crew members daily. Facilities will include a waterfront welcome center; a recreational area with a pool, water park and green spaces; waterfront cabanas; a hilltop bar and observation point; retail outlets selling Dominican crafts and souvenirs; plus multiple food and beverage options.

In its first year of operation, the port is expected to host more than 250,000 cruise passengers and provide approximately 430 local jobs. These numbers were published prior to the fathom announcement, so expected numbers may well go up both in terms of passenger numbers as well as job numbers. The last time a cruise ship docked on the Dominican North Coast was 30 years ago.

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More information on
Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral Inc. (IDDI)


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