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Inspectors Delay Cuba Cruise Brand’s Test Trip

Inspectors Delay Cuba Cruise Brand’s Test Trip
By MarEx 2016-04-12 17:54:19

The 700-passenger cruise vessel Adonia, operated by the new Carnival
Group “social impact” Cuba brand Fathom, has been prohibited from
departing on its first cruise due to inoperable fire doors, the U.S.
Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday.

The Adonia was to leave Sunday for its first weeklong trial cruise to
the Dominican Republic, but a Coast Guard inspection found that 30 fire
doors tested inoperable. A USCG spokesman told Cruise Critic that the
agency was working with Carnival to get the problem corrected before
Adonia sails.

“The cruise ship failed several portions of the [inspection] . . . the
most serious remaining problem is with numerous sliding fire screen
doors that are inoperable,” the Coast Guard said.

Fathom said in a statement that “the ship arrived in Miami directly from
dry dock and re-fit offshore and underwent rigorous operational tests
with the U.S. Coast Guard that took longer than expected. Unfortunately,
the company has learned additional testing will be required and as a
result must cancel the soft-launch sailing.”

The 2001-built Adonia (ex names R Eight, Minerva II, Royal Princess) has
been owned and operated by Carnival subsidiaries since 2006, and was
transferred to Fathom this month, becoming the brand’s only vessel.

She suffered an engine room fire in 2009 and was renamed and transferred
to the P&O Cruises brand in 2011; she was P&O’s smallest vessel.

The United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)
still prohibits to Cuba, but it has implemented changes to
permit American citizens to travel to the country for educational
activities, public performances, workshops, competitions, exhibitions,
support for the Cuban people, and humanitarian projects, among other
defined purposes, without prior review and approval from OFAC. Fathom
stresses that its trips are “Travel With Purpose;” its
itineraries include activities meeting OFAC’s specifications, such as
onboard Spanish lessons, cultural exchange with Cuban families, visits
to Cuban farms, and “impact workshops,” in addition to leisure travel
offerings like a visit to the Havana Club Museum of Rum and a tour of
Havana’s major landmarks.

“Every Fathom journey is based on our sincere belief that the
person-to-person connection is among the strongest catalysts for
transformation. What sets Fathom apart is the long-term, systematic
partnership approach with its partner countries paired with the unique
business model that allows for sustained impact and lasting development.
Fathom’s scale and global vision reach beyond what the world has ever
seen,” the firm says in an online description its orientation and

In March, Carnival won required approval from the Cuban government to
begin cruises in May 2016, and it expects that the Adonia will be the
first cruise ship to travel from the U.S. to Havana in 50 years.

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