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Cruises to Mobile

Mobile (Photo:Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)
Mobile (Photo:Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

About Mobile

Mobile's tourism industry received a shot in the arm in late 2016, when 2,052-passenger Carnival Fantasy began offering jaunts to Cozumel, Costa Maya and Progreso, Mexico. It was the cruise industry's first return to Mobile after pulling out in 2011.

The late writer Eugene Walter called Mobile "sweet lunacy's county seat." Walter's grave, which can be found in the historic Church Street Graveyard only a mile west of the Mobile cruise terminal on oak-canopied Government Street, is marked by a tombstone etched with the words, "When all else fails, throw a party." Mobilians are certainly good at that. They have been doing it since the city was founded as the first capital of French Colonial Louisiana in 1702. This predilection for an active nightlife has often given rise to comparisons with New Orleans, as have the city's French street names (some of which are identical to those in New Orleans' French Quarter), architecture, Cajun and Creole cuisine (fresh seafood is always on the menu), and an economy centered around a bustling seaport. But Mobile has a spirit all its own.

Situated on Mobile Bay with Gulf beaches only a short drive away (it's the largest coastal city between New Orleans and St. Petersburg, Florida), beach culture runs deep in Mobile. Singer-songwriter -- and beach life aficionado -- Jimmy Buffet spent part of his childhood here and played some of his first gigs in the city. Bring your seersuckers and flip-flops, and you'll fit right in.

Also known as the Azalea City, for the vivid flowering bushes that blanket yards and parks in the spring, Mobile boasts a mild subtropical climate with high temperatures in the 90s during the summers and 60s in the winters. Be sure to bring an umbrella: Mobile is wetter than Seattle with approximately five feet of rain each year.

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Why go to Mobile?

Pros:

Dauphin Street is often compared with Bourbon Street, but more calm and family friendly

Cons:

Some might not realize that Mobile gets more rain than Seattle with 5 feet per year

Bottom Line:

The birthplace of Mardi Gras might surprise with plenty of spirit and a penchant for partying

Mobile Cruise Port Facilities?

Mobile's downtown and riverfront has evolved into a full-fledged tourist destination, with an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and museums within a five- to 10-minute walk of the cruise terminal. Both Fort Conde Museum and Welcome Center and the Cooper Riverside Park are less than a quarter mile from the port, as is the 90,000-square-foot GulfQuest maritime museum, which boasts a gift shop modeled after a sunken Spanish galleon and interactive exhibits showcasing marine archeology, Gulf marine life and shipbuilding. GulfQuest boasts the only restaurant immediately overlooking the Mobile River; called The Galley, it serves local specialties such as shrimp and grits, and mahi-mahi prepared a variety of ways.

Good to Know?

Name pronunciation: Just as New Orleans natives scoff when out-of-towners say "New OrLEENs," Mobilians prefer you pronounce their city's name properly: "MOH-beel," rather than "moh-BILE."

Getting Around?

On Foot: Attractions such as GulfQuest, the Exploreum, Fort Conde and downtown are within walking distance of the Mobile cruise terminal.

By Taxi: Should one want to venture further afield, there are a variety of options. Cab companies include Yellow Cab of Mobile (251-545-3265), for which the one-way fare between the airport and cruise terminal is approximately $40, and recent arrival Uber, which has become a popular option among downtown revelers as a way to get around.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The United States dollar is the only currency accepted in Mobile. You'll need to find a nearby ATM if you need to withdraw cash.

Language?

English is the language spoken.

Where You're Docked?

The Mobile Cruise Terminal is a two-story, 66,000 square-foot facility with an attached 500-space parking garage. The garage has six covered pick-up/drop-off lanes and is accessible via four elevators, an escalator and stairs. The terminal is within minutes of numerous banks and ATMS, hotels, restaurants and other attractions. It is a half-mile from Interstate 10, and six miles from the junction of I-65 and I-10. To herald the return of Carnival, the terminal is working with the city's architectural department to unveil a new look featuring artwork and a new color scheme. Wi-Fi is available.


Mobile Cruise Reviews

Carnival Fantasy
dolphincruiser19
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Mobile was an efficient port with friendly, professional workers.... Read More
Carnival Fantasy
Lisa3635
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Mobile was a super easy port to navigate.... Read More
Carnival Fantasy
rskater59
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Mobile is a nice city. We stayed near the South Alabama University at a new Holiday Inn Express.... Read More
Carnival Fantasy
FrickeNomads
Sail Date: Dec 2019
We never been to Mobile before and we were really pleased with this city and glad we came here a two early so we had some time to look about. The food was great and the people very friendly. Perhaps our top... Read More
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