Friday, September 16, 2016

Travel: What to expect on a Fathom Cruise

I have already shared my 5 reasons you should take an Impact Cruise but today I want to share the Fathom, Adonia in it's entirety. The Adonia is a rather small ship, with only a capacity of 700 passengers. When I first saw it docked, I thought it was the "largest ship" I'd personally seen. Since this was my first cruise, I was in for a real treat when the other cruise liners came into port. Having a smaller ship really brings in that sense of community. I will warn you now taking this cruise will help you break barriers and form bonds with other like minded travelers that will last even after your trip it finished!
Once aboard you are greeted with the classic modern style furnishings. 
Check in to your rooms and gain your access cards. They even have lovely lounge areas to sit comfortably in if you do have to wait. With a ship this small they get you in and out rather quickly!

Take a walk around before they leave. This helps you come accustomed to the locations of activities. I am so glad I did this because it really helped once we left port and activities started.
Want to enjoy the sun? They have so many great lounge seats strategically placed for optimal sun bathing. They also have some nestled in the shade for those of use who would like to just read but not tan!
They have a pool and two hot tubs located in the middle of the ship. I honestly never took advantage of them because activities took up most of my time!
Once passengers are boarding they begin to get the activities ready for the "leaving port party"! They came around with a fabulous camera and had you sign it, state where you were from and place it on the map. It was so neat to see where everyone traveled from to get to this point!
As the music started to play the ropes released the ship and we began to turn around and start heading out of port.
They housed a huge dance party...that I fully took advantage of and we were off!
You have a few options for food: 
Buffet style, restaurant style or fancy reservation style.
I generally stuck to the restaurant style and buffet style as I could come and go I pleased at any time generally throughout the day. I loved being seated with other guests and getting to know everyone. It was such a fun way to meet new and interesting people along our trip!
I would often sneak off and capture the sunsets too. They were so beautiful I encourage you to at least see one whilst on board!
Make sure you hurry back for dessert! 
The first morning was a bit nautical to say the least. I woke to waves outside my cabin window. The sun was rising and coffee was ready for me as I filtered to the buffet lounge. I tried to carry my camera everywhere I went on the ship because there is so much to see, view and do, that I wanted to capture it all!
Breakfast? They have eggs, pancakes, bacon, you name it really but they also have treats like this pictured above!
Nothing compares to what you will see as you are entering towards Amber Cove, on the North side of the island, close to Puerto Plata.
The green mountains are so captivating that everyone on the ship starts to filter out to grab glimpses of them.
After being out to Sea for 2 days it really is nice to view land again!

Once you de-board they have bicycle carts to take you on into port. I would recommend a ride! They generally give great local tips and cost next to nothing to ride. ($1-2)
The temperature here reaches in the 120s easily. 
Wear sunscreen and drink LOTS of bottled water!
When I first started hearing about an Impact Cruise I was very interested to learn more. Combining the humanitarianism and giving back spirit with a vacation was almost unimaginable. This was just a taste of what to expect. Next week I will share the Impact activities you can also choose from! 
Have you ever been on a cruise?
What did you like about it? 


  1. Love your pictures!! (I think I took one of them) tee hee! We are going back.... can't wait!

  2. I envy you! I've always wanted to go for a cruise as a vacation gift for myself, but still saving for it. I have read a lot of fun filled cruise experience via and I must say, it's all worth it.