BREAKING NEWS: Carnival is Cuba Bound – New Brand ‘fathom’ Sailing to Cuba

07/07/2015 – NEW YORK – Carnival Corporation’s new brand ‘fathom’ will soon be sailing regularly to Cuba. This announcement will be made later today by Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald.

‘fathom,’ is the company’s new social impact-focused fathom brand, and will debut in April 2016 with volunteer vacations to the Dominican Republic. The new brand will launch seven-night “people-to-people” tours to the island via ship beginning in May 2016, contingent on approval by Cuban authorities.

When Carnival Corporation announced their new brand on June 4th, many industry insiders saw this as a strategic move to make sailings to Cuba possible.

“When Carnival announced and explained their new brand I knew immediately that they would be heading to Cuba,” said Liam P. Cusack, Managing Editor of Cruise & Travel Report. “It makes perfect sense. The loophole is there, why not take advantage of it? The market is there and Carnival will benefit tremendously.”CruiseandTravelReport_AdoniaBound for Cuba

While leisure travel to Cuba including traditional cruises still is banned under the USA’s five-decade-old embargo, U.S. travelers who fall under one of 12 approved categories including educational activities and people-to-people exchanges now can legally visit the country without needing a license in advance.

Since ‘fathom’s’ passengers fall into this category US citizens will be able to legally visit.

Carnival Corp. says the new Cuba cruises will be offered on fathom’s single ship, the 710-passenger Adonia, and provide “cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens” — meeting the definition of people-to-people travel.

The company says it has been granted necessary approvals for the voyages from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce and hopes to have approval from the Cuban government soon.

Carnival Corp. didn’t release details of the itinerary it plans for the Cuba trips, citing the need for Cuban government approval. But U.S. travelers can reserve a spot on a voyage starting today by putting down a $600 deposit. Fares start at $2,990 per person plus taxes and port fees. The fare will include all on-board and some on-the-ground activities.

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Liam Cusack

Liam P. Cusack is the Managing Editor of Cruise & Travel Report (, a publication dedicated to providing travelers the same news that industry insiders receive. A self-described “travel nerd”, Liam is an Ocean Liner and Cruise Industry historian who has traveled to more than 60 countries, every US state and sailed on more than 60 cruises. After nearly two decades as an award-winning political journalist and investigative reporter at a major NYC daily newspaper, he decided to dedicate his career to helping avid travelers, like himself, be more well-informed. With Cruise & Travel Report, Liam strives to provide news and tips to make every vacation a dream vacation.