[QUOTE=z-drive;183996]The idea is strictly profit for the shareholders of large corporations who will do business there, cruise ship companies included.[/QUOTE]
Carnival calls it " Cruising With a Conscience".They have been running these cruises to the Dominican Republic for some time and are now expanding to Cuba.
“This Cruise is meant for people who are seeking to travel and have a positive effect on the area, said Tara Russell, the president of Fathom”.
“This is for those people who have always been engaged philanthropically but want to be involved physically, but they don’t know where to start.” Fathom has been building “what we know is genuinely, authentically impactful,” Ms. Russell said of the itinerary offered to travelers aboard the line’s ship. Activities include visiting a local school and helping students learn English, visiting a chocolate factory owned and run by 30 local women and visiting a typical local home on the countryside among others.
Fathom is focusing on three areas: education, and economic and environmental aid.
In other words; This is so people can travel to “less fortunate” countries without feeling guilty of exploiting the natives. At the same time they can feel that they are doing good for humanity.
Even if it is only a token effort for a few hours, they can show off their videos and tell tales about how they suffered hardship for the poor people, secretly hoping that they never shows up in “my back yard”.