Adonia is a whole different kind of cruise experience. It's the first ship to sail under the Fathom brand (owned by Carnival), and while the ship itself isn't new, the concept of a "social impact" cruise is groundbreaking. The 704-passenger, recently refurbished ship sails out of Miami to the Dominican Republic and Cuba and, instead of beach days and snorkeling trips, excursions focus on volunteer opportunities, community outreach, and people-to-people tours.
It also attracts a new breed of cruiser. From active older couples to young and eager families, the enthusiasm and excitement is not for parties and booze, but for making a difference and engaging with other cultures. Most conversations on board revolve around social impact activities and interactions with the locals while in port. The staff, some who have backgrounds as Peace Corp. volunteers or are doing dissertations on topics like international economies, share guests' enthusiasm.