Out to Sea for Aug. 29/15
By Jim and Barb Fox
The well-publicized plans of sailing to Cuba on a new Carnival Corporation brand ship won’t be your usual fun-in-the-sun cruise.
These and others are part of a growing trend of “social impact experiences” while at sea as a way of giving back to help out where the ships visit.
|Cruisers learn how to rescue a dolphin and aid marine life in Barcelona, Spain on Crystal Cruises. (Crystal Cruises)|
Others, surprisingly – along with Cuba and the Dominican Republic – Victoria, Halifax and St. John make the list with Crystal Cruises “You Care, We Care” program.
Carnival Corporation has launched “fathom,” its new “purpose-travel” brand, to begin week-long sailings to Cuba next May, along with seven-day cruises starting a month earlier to the Dominican Republic.
The company has been granted approval from the U.S. to operate direct U.S.-to-Cuba travel to provide a cultural exchange, said Roger Frizzell, Carnival’s chief communications officer.
“We continue to have positive dialogue with Cuban officials and remain very optimistic that we will be granted approval as we continue to target May 2016 as our launch date,” he added.
Carnival’s fathom would be the first U.S. cruise company to visit Cuba since the start in 1962 of a U.S. embargo barring Americans from visiting the Caribbean island nation.