What to expect on a Fathom Cruise to the Dominican Republic

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Dining Guide

Unlike larger cruise ships, the Fathom Adonia doesn’t have a multitude of dining options. There is no all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream station, but the buffet is open all day, and you are free to order as much food as you like at sit down restaurants. The cuisine is American, with a few flavors from Indian cuisine (curries, etc.) and even a couple of Cuban dishes show up on the menu from time to time. If you aren’t sure where to eat for a particular meal, simply go up to the restaurant and check out the menu. All menus are posted that morning outside of the restaurant. The food is by no means award winning. Be prepared for basic, and sometimes very odd ingredient combinations. When in doubt, order a simple salad.

Sunset in Amber Cove Fathom Cruise Travel Guide

Water. Do not drink the water from the tap in your bathroom; opt to go up to the Conservatory to refill water bottles with ice and filtered water. The water does not taste great and does come out of the machine quite warm, so ice is necessary. Sliced lemons are always available next to the water stations. Take advantage of the lemon to make the water taste better.

Unlimited Beverages. You can always find lemonade, ice tea, juice, water, coffee and hot tea in The Conservatory throughout the day and well into the evening. These are all included in the price of your cruise.

What beverages are NOT included?

  • Soda
  • Specialty coffees (lattes, cappuccino, etc)
  • Alcohol
  • Smoothies not found at the buffet or included on breakfast menu

Dessert Fathom Travel Guide


Ocean Grill (added fee). Open from dinner and lunch. This is the only restaurant on board that requires an additional free of $25. The food quality isn’t much higher than the Pacific Restaurant, but there are a few items you can get here that you can’t get elsewhere.

The Conservatory. Open 6:30am-Midnight (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). This is your main buffet restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, water and juice can be found here throughout the day and late into the night. Breakfast includes a waffle and omelet station, which later turns into a pizza station for lunch. Cereals, eggs (poached and scrambled), bacon, pancakes, French toast, pastries, bagels, meats and cheeses can also be found at breakfast. All meals include fresh fruit and breads, while lunch and dinner feature a salad bar, cheese and cured meats, hot and cold entrees, and one soup.

Lido Café. Open daily. This small café off of the pool deck has limited hours, but very kid-friendly food. Grab burgers, fries and jerk chicken for lunch when you just can’t be bothered to go inside to eat.

The Pacific Restaurant. Open 7:30am-9:30am breakfast, 12:15pm-1:45pm lunch, 6pm-9:30pm dinner. If you crave sit down service, but don’t want to pay extra, the Pacific Restaurant on Fathom is where to go. The waiters are quick to smile and greet you, especially if you dine there daily and they see you often. Breakfast omelets are a bit better here, but most of the same food that you find up at the breakfast buffet can be requested off the menu. There are more dinner options, and it is OK to order two appetizers, two entrees and even two desserts. The wait staff will confirm that is what you want, but there is no judgment. After an active day, you need all the food you can get. Lunch is similar to dinner, with fewer options on the menu, but similar to the buffet upstairs.

Fathom Travel Guide

Bars and Lounges

The Crow’s Nest. Cocktails. Open 10am to late. This is the best place to watch games that you can’t live without while on your cruise. Order a few sodas for the kids and a cocktail for you and enjoy.

Glass House. Wine Bar. Open 12:30pm- 11pm. When you are seeking a quiet spot to chat, head up to the Glass House on Level 10. The best value for your money is the White Wine Flight. For $12 you get three glasses of white wine, all of which are given a very generous pour.

Anderson’s. Open 5pm to late. Smack in the middle of the ship you will find Anderson’s, which is more like a lounge than an actual bar. Come for the piano music, or a quiet place to read during the day.

Raffles. Coffee and Tea. Open 7am to 11pm. If you crave a cappuccino in the morning, Raffles is your place. You will have to pay for the coffee and tea here, as opposed to your basic coffee in one of the restaurants included in the price of your cruise.

The Curzon Lounge. Open nightly. Grab a cocktail, take a dance class and enjoy live performances in this entertainment lounge. This is also where you will gather for Impact Activities while at port.


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  • Mama Munchkin

    I was really curious to see how you enjoyed your trip and what the experience on board was. The cultural aspect is really intriguing especially as my older ones are hitting their teen years and I have always said I wanted them serving on mission trips or helping the world in someway during the time in their life where they are self absorbed and entitled by nature. And, WHOA did you give me a peek inside. LOVE it!!!

    • Keryn Means

      So glad it helped! This was definitely more of a cultural education opportunity than pure volunteerism, but I think it was a nice intro for kids.

  • Lisa Niver

    Keryn, What a great article. Thanks for sharing all your tips from the trip!
    Lisa Niver

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