Carnival To Stay in Mobile

Carnival Cruise Line has signed a contract extension with the city of Mobile, Alabama, that will see the Carnival Fantasy continue to homeport in Mobile through December 2018.

Carnival Fantasy is presently based year-round in Mobile and operates a mix of four- to 10-day cruises to Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, a representative of the cruise line tells Travel Agent. We are very pleased to be continuing and further building upon our outstanding partnership with mobile.

We continue to build the momentum of the growing cruise industry in Mobile and are committed to expanding the cruising options and destinations both in and out of our port, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a statement provided to Travel Agent. The agreement will be placed on the City Council agenda for approval as soon as possible.

Carnival began operating cruises from Mobile onboard the Carnival Fantasy in the fall of 2016 following an absence of a few years. The ship underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment prior to its deployment to the port, adding a number of Fun Ship 2.0 amenities such as Guys Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, two poolside watering holes, the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican-themed eatery.

Since the Carnival Fantasy returned to the port, the City of Mobile Cruise Terminal has generated over $4.7 million in gross revenue, according to the Mayors office. Over the course of the full calendar year, the terminals gross revenue is expected to exceed $6.4 million, and over 190,000 cruise travelers will spend more than $18 million in Mobile, with the overall direct impact expected to exceed $35 million.

2018 will see Carnival add a number of new, longer-length voyages from Mobile, the line reported in April. The new itineraries will include two six-day cruises to Cozumel and Grand Cayman or Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), as well as two new eight-day voyages.

How Many Ships Does Carnival Cruise Line Have?

Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world right now in terms of the number of cruise ships that they have in their fleet.  Their parent company (Carnival Corp.) owns 9 other cruise lines including some of the more popular ones like Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.

How many cruise ships does Carnival Cruise Line have right now?

Carnival Cruise Line currently has 25 cruise ships, with at least four more being added to the fleet in the next 5 years.  Carnival Horizon will debut in the spring of 2018 and the 3rd Vista class ship is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

This is one more than Royal Caribbean, which currently has 24 cruise ships with the addition of their newest cruise ship and the world’s largest, Harmony of the Seas.

Carnival has become world renown for creating shorter cruises that people of all ages can enjoy at an affordable price.  They cater to families and a younger audience, but also offer a lot of amenities for those in their golden years of life as well.How

Carnival Adds Longer Trips out of Mobile

Mobile tourism and government officials trumpeted the news Tuesday that the Carnival Fantasy will sail out of Mobile on some longer voyages in 2018.

New destinations apparently will include Key West, Nassau, the Panama Canal and the Costa Rican port of Limon.

Visit Mobile was quick to express hope that the longer trips – which include six-, eight- and 10-day trips, will be a boon to the city in multiple ways. The tourism bureau embraced the possibility that the longer trips will provide cruisers “an even greater opportunity to visit and spend time in Mobile before or after they set sail.”

We are excited that Carnival Cruise Line has continued to expand opportunities for tourists in our great city of Mobile, says David Clark, President/CEO, Visit Mobile. “We appreciate Carnival’s investment and partnership in our port city to offer multiple entertainment options for our tourists.”

City Finance Director Paul Wesch, speaking before the Mobile City Council on Tuesday morning, said the development reflected reports that “Carnival has been exceeding all their expectations” since resuming service from Mobile last year.

Wesch said that a variety of groups, including cruisers, travel agents and the city administration, “had been asking Carnival to consider some more lengthy cruises.”

Carnival Fantasy sailing out of Mobile into 2019, but contract extension beyond 2017 still looms

Carnival Fantasy sailing out of Mobile into 2019, but contract extension beyond 2017 still looms

Travel agents are booking voyages of the Carnival Fantasy out of the Alabama Cruise Terminal through April 2019, even though a contract to extend Carnival’s relationship in Mobile expires in November 2017.

“It looks like Carnival is happy enough to be experimenting,” Wesch said, implying that Carnival wouldn’t be adding more ambitious offerings if it weren’t happy with business in Mobile.

Carnival officials have generally downplayed the notion that such developments mean Carnival plans to commit to a longer contract with Mobile. Corporate Communications Manager Christine de la Huerta reiterated that stance on Tuesday.

“Our current contract with Mobile runs through December of this year,” de la Huerta said via e-mail. “However, it is customary with all ports we operate from, that we will open inventory approximately 18 months out.”

Huerta said that it is “not uncommon for us to change up an itinerary rotation on an occasional basis to offer new options to our guests,” but said the company was “excited to be offering these new voyages from Mobile.”

According to de la Huerta, the new offerings are:

  • Two six-day cruises to Cozumel and Grand Cayman or Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) departing April 29 and Nov. 11, 2018.
  • A pair of eight-day voyages – one visiting Costa Maya (Mexico), Mahogany Bay, Belize, Cozumel, and Progreso, Mexico departing April 21, 2018, and another visiting Key West, Freeport, Nassau and the private Bahamian destination of Princess Cays departing Nov. 3, 2018.
  • A 10-day Carnival Journeys cruise that includes a partial transit of the Panama Canal and calls at Limon (Costa Rica), Mahogany Bay and Cozumel departing Sept. 17, 2018.

For full information on upcoming cruises out of Mobile, visit www.carnival.com.

Tourism officials said Tuesday that since the Carnival Fantasy began sailing from Mobile last fall, “Visit Mobile has spearheaded several new initiatives that have improved the overall visitor experience.” Those include a “Very Important Cruiser” program for hotel guests; suggested itineraries for cruisers who have time to tour the city’s attractions; and a “Cruising From Mobile” Facebook page that serves as a resource for up-to-date visitor information. That’s in addition to the website www.mobile.org/cruise/.

According to a statement issued Tuesday, Visit Mobile also has assigned a sales manager “to strengthen travel agent relationships in key markets to continue to promote pre and post cruise packages.”