Seven Days That Could Change The Way You See The World... And The Way The World Sees You
As Cuba welcomes U.S. travelers by sea for the first time in more than half a century, you’ll feel the excitement in the air from the moment you step on board your ship. Cuban movies, Cuban music, Cuban cuisine – they’ll all be part of your outbound voyage, as you learn more about the remarkable people you’re about to meet.
Your on-board journey will include an orientation to the country’s history, customs and culture, including guided sessions with the Fathom team to share your insights, ideas, and opportunities about the future of cultural exchange travel to Cuba. On shore, you’ll put that orientation to good use as you get involved in people-to-people experiences that include a variety of cultural, artistic, educational and humanitarian activities. As you share information, as you build bridges of positive human relationships and experiences, you’ll be in the first wave of a Fathom experience whose ultimate goal is to help facilitate and sustain programs that meet the needs of the local communities.
Cruise Roundtrip from Miami onboard the the modern 704-passenger Adonia. Your home for the seven days of your journey is a small adventure in itself. In addition to nourishing your hunger to make a difference, your voyage will also nourish your body with thoughtfully prepared, Cuban-inspired meals that include a variety of vegetarian options. There’s a pool, a gym, a games deck, even a full-sized library. And, of course, there’s the infinite mystery of the wide, wide sea around you. So your spirit gets a bit of extra nourishment too.But, beyond its built-in amenities, what matters most about the Adonia is its size. It’s small enough to let you get genuinely acquainted with your fellow travelers: the people who share your desire for meaningful human connection. And, for the Fathom voyager, that’s the most important amenity of all.
Ports of Call
The Adonia will visit three historic ports on your journey: Havana, the country’s capital, the historic towns of Cienfuegos/Trinidad, and Cuba’s second largest city, Santiago de Cuba.
Havana Cuba’s colorful capital is probably best known for the Spanish-influenced architecture of Old Havana. But its historic castles, fortresses, cathedrals, mansions and public buildings vie for attention with the city’s lively music and entertainment scene, an eclectic and sophisticated mix of museums, art galleries, music, dance, and open-air festivals that take full advantage of the island’s sunny Caribbean climate.
Cienfuegos The coastal city of Cienfuegos is known to Cubans as the Pearl of the South. Near the entrance to the bay stands the imposing fortress of Castillo de Jagua, built in 1745 to protect the city against pirate attacks. Just an hour away is Trinidad, one of Cuba’s best-preserved cities from the days of the sugar trade. It was from here, in 1518, that Hernán Cortés recruited men for his now-legendary expedition.
Santiago de Cuba The distinctly Caribbean spirit of Santiago de Cuba is evident in every aspect of the city’s Afro-Cuban cultural life. Cuba’s second largest city is home to the popular festivals of Carnaval and the Fiesta del Fuego, as well as to many of the country’s most famed musicians and artists. Its diverse architecture ranges from the Spanish coastal fortress of Castillo del Morro to the red-domed towers of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, Cuba’s most sacred pilgrimage site.