Carnival has finally made the announcement that everyone was waiting for; a return to cruising from Mobile, Alabama, effective from November 2016.
An initial, one year deal will see the 70,000 ton Carnival Fantasy- currently sailing from Charleston- go to a new home port in Mobile. From there, the 70,000 ton, 2,056 passenger, 1990 built ship will offer a programme of alternating, four and five night cruises to destinations including Progreso, Cozumel, and Costa Maya,
Prior to commencing this rota of high energy Yucatan jaunts, the Carnival Fantasy- the name ship of the eight strong Fantasy class series- will undergo an extensive refit to ready her for her new role and route.
In will come popular Carnival staples such as the Red Frog Pub and Blue Iguana Cantina, as well as the wildly successful Guy Fieri’s burger joint, all of them part of the so called Fun Ship 2.0 programme that has been rolled out across the bulk of the Carnival fleet.
This new schedule begins effective November 9th 2016 and, thus far at least, runs through to November 27, 2017.
What ship will replace the popular Carnival Fantasy sailings from Charleston- if any- has yet to be formally announced, but I would think it most unlikely that Carnival would give up on what has proven to be a popular embarkation port for similar short, port intensive cruises to the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean.
As always, stay tuned.