Carnival Corporation’s newest and 10th cruise brand, Fathom, will sail its last voyage by June 2017 Gene Sloan at USA TODAY is reporting.
Carnival launched Fathom earlier this year with a single cruise ship, the 700 passenger Adonia. The ship was brought over from P&O Cruises and sailed seven night cruises to the Dominican Republic and Cuba from Miami, Florida. The cruises to the Dominican Republic were social impact trips with passengers volunteering their time helping locals with everything from planting trees, teaching English, to making clean water filters.
Fathom made national news in May when the company became the first American cruise line to sail to Cuba in over 50 years. While the Cuba sailings saw robust sales, the sailings to the Dominican Republic never caught on with cruisers and prices were often slashed to just $249 per person for the seven night cruises.
Carnival has requested approval from the Cuban government to sail to Cuba on their other cruise brands. The world’s largest travel and leisure company owns Carnival, Princess, Cunard, Holland America, and Seabourn, just to name a few.
Adonia will return to P&O’s fleet in the summer of 2017.
While there will no longer be a ship that sails under the Fathom name, passengers on other cruise lines that visit Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic will still be able to participate in some of the social impact excursions currently provided by Fathom.
Cruise Fever will have all updates if and when Cuba approves Carnival’s Corporation’s request to sail their other cruise brands to the Caribbean island.