Princess Cruises offers passengers a way to help the Caribbean islands recover from the deadly hurricanes that pounded the region last fall.
A limited number of travelers aboard two spring sailings will be immersed in local cultures in on-board presentations and then may choose to help with a rebuilding project, beach cleanup or other optional shore activity.
Cruise prices start at $649 per person, based on double occupancy, excluding taxes and fees.
Activities on the seven-day sailings are designed by Fathom, the one-time cruise brand that morphed into a socially responsible program for groups of 100 to 200 people aboard existing ships.
The Crown Princess, which set sail Saturday and includes a sold-out Fathom program, stopped in St. Thomas to drop off donations for families in need, St. Maarten to help a local tourism association and the Dominican Republic to help rebuild a community.
To participate in the Fathom program, book the cruise through Princess or your travel agent, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group.
Fathom participants receive perks such as onboard credits, invitations to special programs and events, and invitations to participate (at extra cost) in the give-back shore excursions.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September caused severe damage in ports typically visited by cruise ships, including Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Saint Martin/Saint Maarten.