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A 7-Night, $250 Cruise? Yes, and You Might Also Do Some Good

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The Fathom Adonia, from Carnival. FATHOM

I had been on only one cruise in my life: a hulking 4,252-person Royal Caribbean vessel that featured an ice-skating rink, a mini-golf course, a casino and a Johnny Rockets. It felt as if a small city had been ripped from its foundation, airlifted and placed on the water. David Foster Wallace’s famous essay on the perils of being pampered at sea rang true: Between the all-you-can-eat food, bad drinks and being compelled to participate in “Y.M.C.A.” more times than I care to admit, I was ready to never set foot on a cruise ship again. by Lucas Peterson, Frugal Traveler (29 September 2016). 

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Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. FATHOM

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The Adonia offers a chance to work on reforestation, in which volunteers plant trees and try to undo the effects of agricultural deforestation in the Dominican Republic. FATHOM

Find the original article on The New York Times.

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