Florida-based Carnival Cruise Lines announced that its newest line, fathom
, will be the first American based cruise line to sail to Cuba since the 1960 embargo.
While vacationing to the communist island is still banned for U.S. citizens, fathom (which isn't capitalized for some reason) will be uniquely situated to offer the cruises due to its groundbreaking ‘social impact’ cruise focus.
fathom (again, they insist on the lower case thing) was founded earlier this year and its first cruises will be to the Dominican Republic starting in April. Unlike traditional cruises fathom is focused on helping the communities it sails to; think of those ‘Mission Trips’ from middle school church youth group, but minus the religious aspect.
Like the Dominican Republic, the Cuban cruises will start off with lectures on the trip from Miami to the island that will touch on the history and culture of the destination. Once the ship arrives the Cuban tour will differ from its’ Dominican counterpart by focusing on a more educational tour instead of humanitarian.
The cruise ship itself will not feature many of the onboard entertainment options typical for cruises; including no casino and no Broadway style shows.
Many aspects of the Cuban cruises have yet to determined but Carnival has identified 11 ports
where the 710-passeger ship can dock. Final approval from the Cuban government is still pending but approval from the U.S. was recently granted.
The costs for the 7-day trip will be $2,990 per person, not including taxes and fees, based on a double occupancy for a outside room with a window.