Fathom Makes Maiden Call To Cuba

Carnival Corporation has made history with the inaugural call of the Adonia to Cuba, which sailed into Havana from Miami. Operating for Fathom, the group’s impact travel brand, the ship’s arrival marked the first time in over 50 years that a US-based cruise line has sailed from the USA to Cuba.


In accordance to maritime tradition, a plaque exchange ceremony between the ship and the Port of Havana was held onboard to celebrate the occasion. It was also the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals have been able to travel by sea to or from Cuba, with Carnival’s General Counsel Arnaldo Perez being the first person to step ashore under the new policy from the government.


The 704-guest Adonia will operate 7-day itineraries visiting 3 ports in Cuba every fortnight from now through November 2016. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, she first calls in Havana where guests will be able to learn more about the country through cultural activities such as a walking tour of the Cuban capital’s Old City, a visit to an organic farm, or a chance to interact with local artists and musicians in their own environment. The ship then repositions to Cienfuegos, home to Cuba’s sugar, tobacco and coffee trades and the great stone fortress of Castillo de Jagua, built in 1745 to protect the city against pirate attacks. Finally, Adonia will call at Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second largest city that hosts the popular festivals of Carnaval and Fiesta del Fuego before sailing back to Miami.


Fathom has crafted a holistic Cuban experience for its cruisers, with the onboard atmosphere being centered around the culture of the Caribbean’s largest country. In addition to the usual suite of amenities, guests can immerse themselves with the opportunity to learn basic Spanish, enjoy Cuban movies and music, as well as dine on Cuban cuisine.


Created in June 2015, Fathom is the 10th brand in Carnival Corporation’s portfolio and currently sails to the Dominican Republic from the USA. With a focus on social impact travel, the line is targeting travellers pursuing service-oriented travel experiences with authentic, meaningful impact travel itineraries and activities intended to work alongside locals in tackling community needs.


For more information, visit www.fathom.org.

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