My First Visit to Dominican Republic with Fathom Adonia


After spending nearly seven years at sea with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Renaissance Cruises, it can be challenging to find a ship port that I have not seen. I was thrilled to be invited to sail on the new Fathom Cruises concept to the Dominican Republic. Not only would it be my first visit to the DR, but it was also on the Fathom Adonia which used to be a Renaissance ship so it was like sailing home for me.

I have videos to share from our June 19 2016 sailing:

Explore the Ship with me:

Wondering how you will find the Fathom Adonia? Join Lisa Niver for a tour of the ship and discover what to do and where to do it. This video explores the ship and finds the Glass House on Deck 10 as a hidden gem to sit and watch the world sail by! There are BBQs on deck, live music and a lovely library. The Ocean Grill specialty restaurant on Deck 10 is a intimate place to dine for lunch or dinner. Raffles Bar and Pacific Restaurant are located on Deck 5. Relax outside on Lido deck for a quiet place to read with no music. You can also find space to sit on Deck 11 forward by the mural. Look all around the ship for curiosity boxes and learn something. In box #8, there are instructions for salsa dancing!

What will your cabin be like? Is there a sail-away party? These questions are answered in my next video:

I sailed on Fathom Adonia with a group of Travel Writers!  A giant thank you to Fathom Cruises and Carnival Cruises for inviting me! We left Miami, Florida for our port, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Haiti is also on the same island.

Does Fathom have sail-away parties? Yes they do! I wondered because of the Impact volunteering aspect if there would be all the other ship activities and there are. You can dance with the Impact guides at sailaway while you listen to a fantastic live band.

I loved my Balcony Cabin! Enjoy my tour of my room. There are pool towels, comfortable beds, great pillows, a couch and desk with a seat. Erin and I had plenty of room in the cupboards and closet for all of our things. You can put your suitcase under the bed. The best part of our room was the balcony. I loved sitting out there to watch the sea. Read the daily newsletter, Soundings, each day to learn about the wonderful classes at sea.

What is there to do in Amber Cove, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic?

It is a playground for children and adults with a pool, zip line, slide, cabanas, food, drink and shopping! Walk up to the Sky Bar for refreshing drinks and great views.

When you sail on Fathom Cruises, you can make an impact!

If you choose to work at Chocal Cocoa Factory, you will learn about the chocolate process: sorting, drying, mold making and participate in every process. Leurys, our liaison from IDDI, the NGO in the Dominican Republic, told our Fathom group, “You did a week’s worth of factory work today;” I realized that specific volunteerism projects can make an impact.

Together our small steps made a grand gesture for the 20 women at the factory and the 130 families they support. Our group of 34 sorted over 75 pounds of beans and pulled shells out of 87.5 pounds of nips. In some ways our unskilled labor was like having a group of kindergarteners for assistance but our work meant the skilled team could be more productive.

As we left the Chocolate factory, Isidor from IDDI, told me, “Thank you amazing people for choosing to come to my country and help our factory on your vacation. You are making a big impact.”

What to do on Fathom Travel: Day & Night

On my June 19, 2016 sailing for Fathom Adonia we had one port: Amber Cove which is near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. When you arrive at Amber Cove, there are bike taxis so you can ride to the shopping or pool area or you can walk. There are plenty of taxis to take you to town but I highly recommend you select an Impact Activity. Check with the Impact Guides to learn about all the choices–or watch my video from Chocal Chocolate Factory. I have a video all about Amber Cove as well–I take you with my hula hoop around the port.

At night, we enjoyed live music, dancing and bandioke (like karaoke but with a live band and so much better!). The crowd was very involved and all the activities were great. This ship is small in size but big in feeling!

I loved my adventures on Fathom Adonia. Thank you again to Fathom Travel and Carnival Cruises for inviting me to sail to the Dominican Republic.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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