A variety of Latin American flavours will be on deck with Fathom when the ‘humanitarian’ cruise line sets sail from April next year.
Conversational Spanish lessons during the first few days of the cruise will help travellers pick up basic communication skills ahead of on-shore activities in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Also on the agenda: mastering some merengue and salsa dancing moves, plus gourmet Cuban and Dominican cooking classes will be hosted by expert chefs.
To keep things in the mood, Spanish cuisine will be on the menu in the Ocean Grill specialty restaurant.
In addition, the ‘Fathom Film Series’ will screen features and informative films from Cuba and the Dominican Republic to teach guests about local life and social entrepreneurship.
MV Adonia, the ship to be used by Fathom on its voyages, will spend up to two days at sea prior to arrival at its destination so that guests will have the chance to settle in, meet their fellow travellers and try onboard activities.
As a further gesture to help local Dominicans and Cubans develop and sustain their local economy, the ship will also offer handicrafts and items from ‘purpose-driven businesses’ to assist entrepreneurs.
Fathom’s maiden seven-day voyage to the Dominican Republic will set sail from Miami in April 2016, with voyages priced from US$974 per person twin share. Cuba will join the network a month later, priced from US$1,800 per person twin share.