As far as cruise deals go, this is one for the ages: the Fathom Adonia is offering fares as low as $199 a night right now.
True, the voluntourism-focused Adonia has gotten some bad press of late -- most recently, a power outage onboard -- and this may be what's driving prices down so low. But if you've been interested in this new, unique way to cruise -- to serve others in between a few days of R&R -- here's your chance to do it for as low as $28 per day.
What is it?
Dubbed "Social Impact Cruises," the weeklong excursions combine the luxury of Caribbean cruising with an opportunity to leave with more than awkward tan lines. On days one and two, you'll cruise from Miami to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, enjoying an onboard pool, dancing, elaborate meals, and plenty of relaxation. Once you hit the shore, you'll engage with the locals in the villages surrounding Amber Cove and assist them with economic, environmental and educational projects. After those three days, you'll have a chance to reflect and relax once more during your two-day return to Florida.
When can I go?
The cheapest departures are presently scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016 and Sunday, June 19, 2016, with each trip lasting a full seven days.
Inside cabins, ocean view rooms, and even balcony lodging start at just $199 -- a staggeringly low $28 per day -- for June departures. If you live in South Florida, or don't mind a quick trip to Miami to make sure you're onboard, you'll be hard-pressed to live this richly for this little.
Even for July, August, and September departures, rates start at just $499 (or $71 per day).
What should I expect?
You'll be aboard the 704-passenger Adonia, which has a variety of restaurants, lounges, bars, pools, a spa, a state-of-the-art gym, and a host of other amenities. During your outbound journey, you’ll have a chance to learn basic Spanish, see documentary films about everyday life in the Dominican Republic, and, "Participate in other activities to help prepare you for the adventure to come." In other words, the crew will be prepared to teach you what you need to know to make the biggest impact once you arrive in the Dominican Republic.
Once on land, you'll work alongside local residents and Fathom's partner organizations, adding input to projects that focus on improving environmental, educational, and economic conditions for the local community. Best of all, anyone over eight years old is cleared to go. If you're searching for a cultural immersion opportunity for your family, or a cheap last-minute vacation, you may not see an opportunity like this one again.