In April 2016 I had the opportunity to take part in a cruise to the Dominican Republic, this wasn't just any cruise though..
Prior to this trip I had never been on a cruise ship before, so I was stoked to join the inaugural voyage of the Fathom Adonia from Miami to the DR. What I was even more excited about was the opportunity to make a difference with my photography and doing so by taking part in the Fathom Travel “impact activities.” They partnered up with two local community development organizations "Entrena" and "IDDI" with an aim to make a difference within the local communities. Rather than going to a new country and just visiting, you can make a lasting impression.
THE FATHOM ADONIA
The best part of the trips they offer is that you can tailor your experience to suit your own desires. You can go off and explore at your own pace as well as sign up for a wide array of activities, on and off the ship. For example on the ship we had a couple days at sea, I took a meringue dance lesson, went to a sunrise yoga class, a relaxing meditation session, and made the most of the gym on board. If that doesn't appeal to you the informative workshops and buffet might.
REFORESTATION & NURSERY
What really stuck out to me was the option to plant native trees in areas of need, to learn more about the local vegetation, and how IDDI works to restore agricultural deforestation. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, want to learn about the benefits of the trees, and get a first hand look at how a small seed can make a big impact, I would highly recommend this. Truly rewarding.
What really makes these trips special are the people you meet along the way— the locals, the fellow travellers, and the staff. It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life, thank you Fathom Travel.