Rumors Swirl of Carnival’s Return to Mobile, AL

The Alabama Cruise Terminal on Water Street in...

The Alabama Cruise Terminal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier today many local news agencies in Mobile, Alabama  and Cruise Critic began to report on a possibility of a Carnival cruise ship returning to the city of Mobile.

It is reported that earlier this week, Carnival sent out surveys to a select number of past guests, asking them questions about their preferences on cruising out of Gulf Coast departure ports. The survey asked cruisers which departure ports they would prefer to cruise out of, even as going as far ass asking whether cruisers would prefer to depart out of Mobile instead of New Orleans. Many of the cruisers who were surveyed claimed that they felt that the survey placed a lot of emphasis on the port of Mobile. Many cruisers claim that this survey confirms that Carnival is once again looking at Mobile as a possible departure port.

Last year, Carnival decided to leave the Port of Mobile citing that they were having problems generating revenue from the city, even though the port claims that the Carnival Elation, the ship that Carnival had based there, consistently sailed over 100% capacity.

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Carnival Elation, Mobile’s former pride and glory, which are also names of other Carnival ships.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many residents of Mobile were upset with Carnival when the Elation left as it left the city with a $20 million debt on the new cruise terminal they had built for the Elation and a drop in tourism linked to cruising. Obviously, the return of any cruise ship to the city would be great news as it will help pay off their debts, increase tourism, and put port employees back to work.

So here’s my question for you, would you cruise out of Mobile and why?

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.