Tomorrow, I am boarding the Fathom Cruise Line Adonia and beginning a week-long journey to the Dominican Republic. I am so beyond excited to be heading out on this trip. When I sat down at the beginning of the year and wrote out my goals for 2016 taking a trip with Fathom was at the top of my list.
I have been following the company ever since Carnival Cruise Line announced the creation of Fathom last year. Fathom is different from other cruise lines. Fathom is focused on impact travel and giving back while traveling.
Yes, you get a cruise vacation, but you also have the opportunity to learn about the culture, heritage, day to day life and so much more of the places you visit. Fathom currently offers cruises to the Dominican Republic and to Cuba.
Visiting Cuba is high on my goal list also but first, we are heading to the Dominican Republic. To make the trip even more amazing, my blogging friends Amy from MomSpark and Danielle from Extraordinary Mommy are joining me on this journey. These ladies are both so truly amazing that being able to spend a week with them is a dream come true.
I wanted to share a preview of what we will be doing this week with Fathom. The ship departs from Miami port terminal and heads to Amber Cover, Carnivals new port terminal in the Dominican Republic. The ship is docked in Amber Cover for the entire time we are in the Dominican Republic. This will be the first time I have cruised to one port and stayed there for the length of the trip.
I am hoping this will give us the opportunity to dive really into the Dominican Republic and soak it all in.
Once we are docked in the Dominican Republic, we will spend our time on the island partaking in impact activities. These activities include working on water filtration, conversational English with school children, and other projects that focus on improving environmental, educational and economic conditions. Here is a look at a tentative schedule for the cruises.
I am so excited at the opportunity to visit and help with Chocal. From the moment I heard about this group of woman, I have been inspired and motivated by what they are doing. I can’t wait to get a first-hand look at the impact they are making in their community!
Here are some of the activities I will be doing this week:
Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative
This specific Chocal Model is executed in the Chocal Factory, located in Altamira, Puerto Plata. The model consists of a mix of production station rotations in the chocolate factory. Factory activities will start off with a warm up dynamic followed up by 4 different work station rotations. A final experience sharing activity is held prior to moving to lunch area. Participants will be informed of specific impact their support had on the production capacity of the factory.
Community English Conversation & Learning
With the increased demand for bilingual speakers in the growing tourism industry in the Dominican Republic, there’s also a great need for programs that support adult English learning. Fathom travelers will be able to participate in Community English activities that help bolster employment opportunities for lower income adults. These small group programs take place within community centers and local homes, and include one-on-one conversation, English instruction, food preparation, and meal sharing. Participating in these Community English programs will enable you to experience the powerful and immediate impact of your contributions.
Recycled Paper and Crafts Entrepreneurship
Spend a half day working with the members of a community co-op, making handmade recycled paper and other unique art products using recycled waste with a group of local artisans. You will be part of the whole paper making process, which consists of shredding paper, making pulp, molding sheets and smoothing and drying the paper. The community co-op is limited in sales based on the human production capacity, so your participation will increase production, open new markets and as a result create new jobs for other people in community. Also, you will be aiding in the recycling of waste from nearby neighborhoods and companies.
I also signed up for a couple of optional excursions to check out more of the Dominican Republic.
Top 10 Best Of Puerto Plata -$39.99
Departing from the pier we will pass by the most importance sites of Puerto Plata. Driving through the Malecón observe the San Felipe Fortress, where you will receive information related to its history, followed by a panoramic visit of Cathedral San Felipe and Plaza Independencia (former central park). Afterward, make your way to “Don Fernando’s Ranch”. Once at the ranch you will be able to walk through plantations of different kind of local fruits; coffee, cacao, banana, mangos, sugar cane, among a variety of exotic flowers and plants. Learn about the elaboration process of Dominican coffee, cacao and rum’s. Enjoy a delicious taste of Dominican fresh coffee, rum and sample tropical season fruits, followed by a delicious typical Dominican lunch.
Playa Dorada Beach Escape
Experience the unspoiled natural beauty of one of Puerto Plata’s Hidden beaches on this family-friendly excursion.
I know that this week is going to be amazing on so many levels. I have this feeling that at the end of this week I am going to come out stronger, inspired, motivated and thankful for so much! I will be sharing the journey via our social media channels and hopefully with daily diary posts. I can’t wait to share how this week goes!
Follow along on our journey! We will be sharing updates on the following social channels –
Tammilee – TammileeTips
I am hooked on SnapChat!!! Lots of photos and videos will be shared while we are on the ship and in ports. I love SnapChat geo-tags…total geek about them.
Our trip is sponsored by Fathom. All opinions expressed are our own.