Fathom is a unique product in the cruise space with the backing of cruising's biggest player. It's also just one ship among hundreds in the global cruise industry. With time, and more marketing, it shouldn't be hard for them to find the 600 cruisers each week to fill the MV Adonia.
Fathom's cruise product is incredibly different than what cruisers are used to. This is a challenge for the brand as it looks for customers willing to try something new.
2016 has a challenge ahead if Zika fears are calmed.
Carnival's sailings next year to Cuba would signify a whole new era in U.S. travel to the once-outcast island.
None of the resorts and hotels want to see the deportations happen considering, among other things, that French-speaking Dominicans of Haitian descent are an essential part of a staff serving international visitors. And while boycotts hurt the people on the lowest end of the labor chain, they're often one of the few things to get leaders' attention.
You know it's bad when Caribbean leaders are hoping for hurricanes and asking hotel guests to ease up on waters usage.
It's hard to say 'no' to sunshine and beaches, but sometimes paying for them is the wiser path.
Expect 2015 and 2016 to see new travel patterns as cruise ships refocus some efforts and Cuba's opening causes ripple effects.
We'd love to see the DR improve its tourism game in the face of a new regional rivalry. Let's hope it tries to compete on services and offerings, not price.
Let's hope the DR's success will catch on with other Caribbean economies.