Carnival Cruise Line Announces New Schedule from Port of Mobile
PHOTO: Carnival’s Terry Thornton and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson sign the contract for the Carnival Fantasy to operate a year-long season of cruises from Mobile beginning in November 2016. (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)
Carnival Cruise Line and city of Mobile, Alabama, announced Wednesday that the company would begin operating a year-long schedule of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico starting in fall 2016.
The ship assigned to the port will be the Carnival Fantasy, and it will be sailing out of the Mobile Cruise Terminal. Before the vessel is put back into service, though, it will undergo a massive refurbishment project in dry dock.
The 2,056-passenger ship will undergo a multi-million-dollar facelift to help it fit the cruise line’s popular Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program mold. Some of the additions being made include Guy’s Burger Joint (developed with Food Network star Guy Fieri,) two poolside watering holes—the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar—and the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican-themed restaurant.
In addition to the bars and restaurants, the Carnival Fantasy will also feature a massive spa, a water park, an adults-only retreat, casino gambling and more. Carnival president Christine Duffy released a statement about the ship’s addition to the Mobile port:
“Carnival Fantasy’s four- and five-day cruises from Mobile provide consumers with an affordable way to visit stunning Mexican ports from a convenient homeport while offering our valued travel agent partners an exciting new short vacation option to market to their clients. We’ve been working very closely with the port and city officials to make these cruises a reality and wish to thank Mayor Stimpson and his team for not only all their hard work but also for creating a welcoming and positive environment that makes these cruises an attractive option for today’s consumers.”
The Carnival Fantasy’s schedule from Mobile will begin officially on Nov. 9, 2016, and will continue through Nov. 27, 2017.
For the four-day trips, the ship will take passengers on a journey to the island of Cozumel, and the five-day voyages will sail to Costa Maya or Progreso.
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