PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic — Fathom, Carnival Corp.’s new
mission-cruising brand, is still waiting for Cuban governmental approval to
begin operations next May, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said.
In a video conference with journalists here to see Carnival’s
Amber Cove port project, Donald said the company has been in contact with Cuban
“At this time we have nothing to report on the approvals,”
Fathom plans to alternate weekly visits to the Dominican
Republic with trips to Cuba. Next April, Fathom’s 710-passenger ship will begin
sailing from Miami to Amber Cove, where the ship will dock overnight for
several days while guests carry out projects such as water-filtration
improvements and language instruction.
Donald said the economy in the northern part of the island
is a mix of wealth and poverty that will benefit from Fathom’s guest efforts.
“You’ll pass by some areas that are pretty poverty-stricken and then some that
are pretty well-developed,” he said.
Fathom has won approvals from the U.S. Treasury and Commerce
departments to carry U.S. citizens to Cuba by offering purposeful travel as
provided in Treasury Department regulations.