I just heard that Fathom will stop the DR cruise and may do something for Cuba later.

Question to all. Did anyone take this cruise and if so what could have been done to make it more successful. One reason they gave way lack of participation overall.

What do you think? 

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They were giving the cruise away at 7 nights for $249 + a small amount for port fees.  I was hoping to give it a try but had not been able to find the time yet.  I'm sorry I missed the chance.  The Cuba trips are selling MUCH better and 7 nights are ranging from $1000 to over $2000. 

Of course it failed.  Who wants to pay, to go on vacation, only to have to dig, build, and whatever else in the name of helping those less fortunate.  They pump out major league shortstops that make millions of $$$$$$.   Let them go home and help out.    Let Sammy Sosa grab a rake or shovel.  Oh wait, now that he's off steroids, he might not be able to lift a shovel.


cynical, maybe.  But I bet I'm not the only one thinking it!

I had looked at the cruise when it was down to $ 199.00 but it really was not a cruise,  docked for most f the week at the one port, not much entertainment at nights, food not rated to good and I do not pay to go and work for somebody.

When I want to donate my time and/or money, there are plenty of opportunities in my own community. 

When it's cruise time, I am selfish--I want to relax and enjoy my time with family.

Yes, saw that news this morning.

The concept was well-intended but the execution went sideways when Carnival thought that the people who were interested in social impact were the same ones who could afford the high price tag. Had CCL kept the cost much lower, I think this could have been successful from a participation standpoint. I am not sure it would have been viable from a business bottomline perspective unless CCL was willing to financially sustain the shortfall. Basically, expecting this was going to be a moneymaker for them was a dead horse who could not even get out of the gate.

PS: The price tag may seem low from an experienced pleasure cruiser but by and large those wanting to make a dirty-hands social impact are cash-strapped so the cruise plus the cost of getting to the port plus the time lost at work or school may as well have been zero dollars. 

An option to a full-time dedicated ship might have been to market this as an option to spring break for a couple years to see how it took off. I believe there is a market for social impact activities, I'm just not sure how CCL intended to get at it.

I was just wondering, if any Dominican Americans had booked that cruise ?

if I recall correctly, it was originally promoted as a way for Americans to visit Cuba until the cruiselines can start porting there on a regular basis.  Cuba didn't pan out at the time, so the DR became the destination. 


I work with 2 orgs, one a wild animal rescue, the other a children's hospital, and both have people pay to vacation to support their causes.  For the hospital, we have volunteers come from all over the world.  Each year we have a 2 week event that draws 1400+ volunteers.  Americans come to Ohio from nearby states as well as NC, TX, CA, and many other states.  DW and I drive up from FL.  Internationally we get people from all over Europe, a Nigerian, India, Japan, and China.  My daughter flew in from Beijing to work eleven 8 to 12 hour days for the hospital. 


At the rescue, we always have 4 - 8 Europeans who have paid about 600 / month to work 6 day weeks caring for the tigers, bears, monkeys, and other assorted critters.  These people generally work 1 to 3 months with housing and food provided.  Then they often go to Orlando to enjoy the giant mouse before heading home.  We also have longer term interns that work 6 - 12 months, but those folks are getting college credit for degrees in biology and zoology.


And one of my DW's horse buddies is an anesthetist and uses 2 weeks of her annual vacation each year to do Doctors without Borders or Operation Smile surgeries in Central America.


It isn't for everyone, but there are lots of folks who enjoy doing something productive with their vacations.   


I deal with a few folks who donate time and energy annually to the kind of work the on shore activities were targeting. Both in the Dominican and Haiti. They would not use this concept as you really need to be on site 24/7 when you do this work. If the industry really wanted a non profit charitable arm , as a whole group they could do it. But their customer won't be the typical cruiser.


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