"Four days ago I was moving numbers around on a spreadsheet... Today I planted trees that will help families here earn a living for years to come."
"I can’t get his voice out of my head: ‘When you change the water you change a life.’ We made 25 water filters today. I want to go back and make a thousand."
"We came here as strangers seeking to make a difference, and we did. We’re leaving as friends, but the biggest impact may have been in all of us."


fathom is for travelers. And we strongly believe that, somewhere deep inside, there’s a traveler in every one of us. A yearning to explore new dimensions of ourselves by connecting more profoundly with the lives and stories of others. A desire to make a contribution that lasts, long after our ships have returned to their own home port.

This isn’t tourism. It’s a pioneering experience in social impact travel that just happens to include a journey by sea.

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Why We Call It Impact Travel

The unique focus of fathom is on making a lasting social impact, not just taking a one-time trip. The fact that the trips are ongoing allows us to build long-term relationships with local communities and impact partners in the Dominican Republic, so that each group of travelers builds on the impact of the ones who came before.

We’re all on a journey, really. And many of us are still in search of that elusive sense of purpose, the one that makes the journey matter by allowing us to know that we’ve helped make a difference in at least one life, in at least one tiny corner of the world. This short film will show you more about how that can be done. One trip, one person at a time.


Write the next best story of your life

Limited space is available during our inaugural month in April 2016, which will include unique programming and events to kick things off in a big way. Trips start at $1,540 per person.


A Seven-day Impact Journey to the Dominican Republic, Starting at $1,540 Per Person

Your journey begins with two nights and one full, glorious day at sea, as you travel from Miami to the tropical port of Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Your home base for the next seven days will be the 710-passenger Adonia, the smallest and most intimate ship in the P&O Cruises fleet.

On the outward journey, while you’re enjoying all the amenities of the Adonia, you’ll also have a chance to join your fellow passengers in preparing for your on-ground experience. During your days in port, you’ll work alongside local residents and our partner organizations in the Dominican Republic, drawing on your own particular passions and skills to make a meaningful contribution to the causes that speak to you.

The base price of your trip includes on-ground impact activities and related supplies, onboard impact programs, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a comfortable stateroom with a window, and taxes and fees. A few select impact activities will have an incremental cost to cover materials and supplies. The price is based on two people sharing a stateroom, and prices do vary by season.


A Welcome Message from Tara Russell

Published on June 1, 2015

Friends –

I’m obsessed with this idea of “love in action,” and at fathom, we exist to put this idea in motion – everyday and in all we build.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”—Mary Oliver

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On Empathy

Published on June 1, 2015

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Life Lessons Learned Through Travel

Published on June 1, 2015

Travel is in my DNA: I’m a dual citizen of the United States and Finland….

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