Are you ready to make an impact?
I recently had the opportunity to cruise to the Dominican Republic aboard the beautiful Adonia with Fathom Travel. What an amazing and rewarding experience. Fathom gives travelers the rewarding opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and give back to the struggling local communities at the same time. While I did have some time to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Dominican Republic, I was also working closely with a team of fellow cruisers to make an impact in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Fathom has, in my opinion, created a life changing vacation opportunity. This experience has changed my life in many ways. I have a new desire to do social good on every future trip I take. It has motivated me to dig deep and find what it is that I can offer to others.
While aboard Fathom’s Adonia, I was able to choose from various “Impact Travel” activities. Choose from categories like education, local entrepreneurship, clean water access, environmental awareness and creative arts, music and sports. I personally chose to teach Spanish in a local community and I also took part in a reforestation project. My cabin-mates also took part in some of the local entrepreneurship opportunities. You can read about my experience HERE.
Onboard the Adonia
The 700-passenger Adonia is beautiful. It is smaller than most of the ships I have been on, which was a surprisingly better experience. It was “cozy”. Sailing on the inaugural trip, there were just 400 aboard and I got to know quite a few people. Being on a smaller ship meant I was running into the same passengers over and over. I met so many wonderful people and learned so many peoples stories. This doesn’t happen so much on the bigger ships. We shared meals, played cards, danced, and even painted with our new found friends.
The ship has gorgeous artwork throughout. There are plenty of dining rooms, a large pool with 2 hot tubs, fitness center, salon, card room, plenty of deck space to soak in the sun, and my favorite, a fully stocked library featuring amazing books and shelves full of board games, cards, and puzzles. Everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
And you will NOT go hungry!
Take a class!
I highly encourage you to challenge yourself to take the classes aboard the Adonia. I took a Spanish class that helped me get comfortable with common phrases. I came onto the ship knowing “hola” and “si”. I knew that was not going to suffice while teaching and communicating with the people of Puerto Plata, so I took the class and learned enough phrases to feel comfortable going into the community.
Here is a small sample of the classes available. Again, I highly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and take these life enriching classes:
WHEEL OF LIFE:
The wheel of life takes you through the process of discovering imbalance in your life. Reflect on various aspects of your day and maximize your ability to control balance through small actions. Creating balance is an act of changemaking.
DESIGN YOUR LIFE:
Design thinking is about using insights to create new opportunities through the tools of design like brainstorming, prototyping, and storytelling. Through this class you will use this thinking to discover your passions and learn to turn your smallest ideas into big opportunities!
Flex your personal storytelling skills amidst a group of peers and facilitators. This coaching session will help tell the story of you with group feedback, and more.
TAKE A DANCE CLASS!!
Can you see how this is not your typical cruise ship? Relax, learn, and grow while you travel to make an impact.
This brand new port is full of fun, shopping, and relaxation.
Enjoy the large pool, swim up bar, winding water slides, or just soak up some sun. There is so much beautiful scenery. I could not stop taking photos. If you’re hungry, check out the restaurants located at the port. There is plenty of shopping as well. I enjoyed the free wifi in port as well as a delicious cup of hot coffee at the cafe. We also headed up a hill to check out a bar that has the best views around.
We headed up there to catch an amazing sunset.
There are also activities you can enjoy for a fee:
Ziplining $12 for the entire day! (Kids are discounted)
We also ventured out for a walk around the local community. And we grabbed a cab for a tour all around the city. You can read about our trip on the Teleferico Cable Car here.
As you can see, my family and I were impacted. We learned so much about ourselves while on the Adonia. Our lives were impacted as we dug deep to find our passions and overcome obstacles we were facing. I have not even TOUCHED on the impact activities that helped OTHERS on the ground. Stay tuned for another post focusing on the amazing impact we made in Puerto Plata, DR.
Plan your trip with FATHOM TRAVEL.