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Fathom Cruises: Making Waves in Voluntourism

A new wave of company altruism has pushed many large corporations toward giving back to their community or global charities. While it may be rather unknown to the public, a big contributor to many charities and nonprofits over the years is Carnival Corp., the umbrella company for Carnival Cruise Lines and the new social-impact travel cruise line, fathom (yes, with a trendy lowercase f).

A lot of this is thanks to the Arison family, key owners of Carnival Corp., who have been profiting from cruising fun over the years, always returning some of their funds to charities and other notable organizations. Based out of South Florida, founder Ted Arison has been very active in using his profits to do good. To name one, he is the chief benefactor of the New World Symphony youth orchestra in Miami Beach.

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Cruise Lines Starting New Trend in Port Development

When Carnival wanted a new and exciting destination in the Caribbean for their guests, they basically stepped in and created it. Developing a new port might seem like something a country would want to take ownership of, but lately we’ve seen a trend in cruise lines funding their own projects.

Rather than waiting for countries to take on these projects, cruise lines have stepped up to the plate to take the lead in developing these new destinations, as seen in two recent developments from Royal and Carnival Lines.

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3 Ways to Make Your Excursion Memorable

Looking to up the ‘fun’ level for your excursion guests and give them something to really remember? Want to be remembered for a lifetime by helping them celebrate a birthday, or special occasion in style? In this article we’ll outline three ways in which to inject some extra zing into your excursion making it extra memorable.

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Florida Caribbean Cruise Association 22nd Annual Cruise Conference and Trade Show

Next week, Excursion will be attending the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Cozumel, Mexico.  The trade show runs Monday, October 05 - Friday, October 9th and we hope to see you there!

Ken Furlow, Vice President of Excursion will be in attendance and be able to answer any questions you have about Excursion Insurance. 

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First Look: Amber Cove, Carnival's Newest Port Opens Next Month

A couple weeks shy of it’s opening date, Amber Cove, the new port in the Dominican Republic, and $85 million venture is rapidly coming together. This will be the first time since the 80’s that a cruise ship will dock on the Amber Coast of Puerto Plata, named for its abundance of the translucent amber mines off the coast. In fact, rumor has it that there will be an amber art wall installation that will feature an embedded caimen for travelers viewing pleasure as they arrive at port.

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Featured Excursion: Aqua Adventures (B.O.S.S. Underwater Tour) with Images

One of Excursion's goal is to help Excursion Operators grow and expand their business and from time to time we like to feature excursions that are unique and fun for their guests.  We are featuring Aqua Adventures again since they have a number of great new photos they shared that are a great example of how tour operators can use photography to showcase their tours. 

B.O.S.S. is an acronym for Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter. It is a unique and exciting underwater motor scooter that lets you explore the vast ocean. Remember in school when you would turn a glass upside down in a sink of water and no water would enter the glass? It’s the same concept with the BOSS unit. As you descend, a seal is formed, the scuba tank supplies air to the bubble and you breathe normally.

Aqua Adventures LLC originated the underwater motor scooter tour in St Thomas in 2002. Originally known as the BOB Underwater Adventure, they changed their name in 2006 to differentiate themselves from other tour operators that don’t meet the standard of excellence they demand.

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fathom: Carnival's New Cruise That Offers Different Kind of Vacation

When we think of cruising we instantly think pina coladas, the dings of slot machines in over-the-top casinos, and most notably, relaxation. However, Carnival Corps. new line, fathom (with a fashionable lowercase f), is looking to change the way the world views cruising.

With this nontraditional vacation, cruisers forgo the usual dilemmas of which chaise lounge to park in for the day, and instead survey options for how they can help the residents of their destination, the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Cruisers can pick from a handful of impact excursions including teaching residents English, learning to cultivate plants, working on a production line, or helping to purify water.

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Featured Excursion - French Riviera Exploration

Each month Excursion Insurance features a shore excursion that is fun and safe for tour participants. This month, our featured excursion is Top Service - French Riviera.

The French Riviera has become a popular tourist destination because of its’ rich history and beautiful scenery. With 15 years of experience in the cruise and tourist industry, Top Service GgmbH understands the importance of providing a high quality experience to all guests who book their excursions. The company offers an array of group and private tours in the region and is recognized as one of the key players on the French Riviera. You can participate in one of the company’s excursions before or after your Mediterranean cruise or make it part of your independent travel plans.

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What Excursion Operators Need to Know About Carnival’s Socially Conscious Cruise

Earlier this month Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp. announced a new cruise line that will begin servicing the Dominican Republic next April. Dubbed “Fathom,” Carnival is seeking to attract new customers — those who wouldn’t normally take a cruise  while doing some good too, by offering what it calls “social-impact travel.”

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Featured Excursion - A Top Service Rome Boat Experience

Each month Excursion Insurance features a shore excursion that is fun and safe for tour participants. This month, our featured excursion is Top Service - Rome Boat Experience.

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15 Ways to Make Your Excursion Safer and More Memorable

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