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Carnival Cruise Lines to Increase Capacity in Mobile by 42 Percent With Deployment of Carnival Fantasy in Fall 2009

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Lines – which operates Mobile’s only year-round cruise program – will increase capacity at the port by 42 percent when the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy replaces the 1,452-passenger Holiday on year-round four- and five-day cruises beginning in November 2009.  

With the Carnival Fantasy’s departures from Mobile, the company expects to carry approximately 170,000 passengers annually from that port.

Carnival Fantasy will offer a new “Fun Ship” cruise experience with a larger vessel that will include a number of exciting new features. This fall, the ship will undergo the next phase of the line’s Evolutions of Fun enhancement program. During an extended dry dock period, the open decks will be completely transformed to include the Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, Serenity adults-only retreat, and a new resort-style pool area.

“Mobile has been a terrific homeport for us since we began service there in 2004 and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to expand capacity from this port with the deployment of the Carnival Fantasy,” said Terry Thornton, Carnival’s senior vice president of marketing planning. “The support of the local community, particularly city and port officials and our travel agent partners, has been nothing short of exceptional and we are very pleased to continue operating Mobile’s first and only year-round cruise program,” he added.

Mobile is one of the nation’s most progressive cities, a quality we attribute to our partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines and our ability to build coalitions united around one goal – a better Mobile,” said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.  “We are truly grateful to welcome the larger Carnival Fantasy ship, and look forward to the future opportunities this partnership will bring to our city, state and region,” he added.

Year-Round Four- and Five-Day Mexico Cruises

Carnival Fantasy will launch year-round four- and five-day service from Mobile Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. On this route, four-day cruises departing Thursdays visit Cozumel, one of the cruise industry’s most popular destinations known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, excellent shopping and variety of shore excursion opportunities.

Five-day cruises departing Mondays visit both Cozumel and Calica, which, in addition to aqua-blue waters that attract snorkelers, scuba divers and windsurfers the world over, is in close proximity to the magnificent Mayan ruins of Tulum, the ecological theme park Xcaret, and Playa del Carmen and its popular Avenida Cinco shopping district.

Five-day cruises departing Saturdays call at Cozumel and Progreso, an emerging port with exciting excursion options to the beautiful colonial city of Merida and the spectacular Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

On November 10, 2009, the ship will offer a one-time six-day cruise visiting Progreso, Cozumel and Costa Maya. The Holiday will remain in Mobile through the departure of November 2, 2009 and will then be transferred to Iberocruceros, a Spain-based sister cruise brand under the Carnival Corporation & plc umbrella.

Evolutions of Fun’ Upgrades

The 70,000-ton Carnival Fantasy’s extensive renovation this fall is part of the line’s $250 million “Evolutions of Fun” refurbishment program for its eight Fantasy-class vessels.  The “extreme makeover” will include a new Carnival WaterWorks aqua park that will feature a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, dual-lane 82-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.

Also featured will be Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat featuring plush chaise lounges and chairs, oversized umbrellas, teak decking and two whirlpools, while the “resort-style” main pool will incorporate a tropical theme with thatched roofs, faux palm trees, colorful umbrellas, and a tiled “beach” bordering the pool.

Carnival Fantasy also offers 12 themed lounges and bars, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, three restaurants, full casino gambling, a comprehensive golf program where guests can play top Caribbean courses, and organized programs for children in three different age groups – “Camp Carnival” for youngsters, “Circle C” for 12- to 14-year olds, and “Club O2” for older teens.

Carnival Fantasy also offers a variety of staterooms and suites, all of which feature the “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.  Ship-wide Wi-Fi access and cell phone service are also available.

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Fantasy’s new four- and five-day cruise program from Mobile.  Round-trip air supplements from a variety of North American gateways and discounted rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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15 comments

melena August 18, 2008 - 6:37 pm

glad to see you putting a nicer ship in mobile .. we love going to calica and the staff that was on the holiday we have taken 2 cruises last year on the holiday and hoping to take another one before it leaves the port. hope you put a nice ship in new orleans that can also offer newer or different ports.. galveston is higher priced than these 2 ports

cyprienne quenan August 18, 2008 - 6:47 pm

I think it’s great that Mobile is getting a bigger ship. We cruise several times a year and love to go out of Mobile. However, it would be nice to have a 7 day cruise available from Mobile as well as different ports, like Jamaica, Grand Caymans and Belize and Aruba.

Frances August 18, 2008 - 6:55 pm

This is GREAT !!!!!!!

Forrest Johnson August 18, 2008 - 9:22 pm

My wife and I were very pleased to see that Carnival is bringing the Fantasy to Mobile, as we live near Pensacola, FL and it only takes an hour to drive to the cruise terminal, however, we would love to see either 6 or 7 day cruises offered from Mobile, that would be absolutely superb!! We hope that in the near future that Carnival will make that a reality, thanks for your consideration!

David Louviere August 19, 2008 - 7:56 am

You talk about Mobile but what are your plans for New Orleans?

Mary Lee August 19, 2008 - 10:19 am

Great news, I will be booking my cruise. Can not wait. Holiday was a good ship, but I am ready for a new ship to came to Mobile

Paige August 19, 2008 - 12:23 pm

If the Fantasy is leaving New Orleans, are we getting another cruise ship to take it place????

Carla Brewer August 19, 2008 - 4:37 pm

What is going to happen to the “Holiday”?

james self August 20, 2008 - 4:55 pm

Great news for us close to Mobile. How about another ship to go to the Eastern Caribbean on 7 day cruises.

patricia may August 20, 2008 - 10:40 pm

Great for Mobile, they are getting a great ship, but which ship will New Orleans get in return?

andrea August 21, 2008 - 9:58 pm

Dear Carvinal,
I can’t wait for the new ship! i live in daphne, so the drive to mobile isn’t far for me at all.
What really got my attention about this new ship is the adults own peaceful get-a-away on the ship itself! I love that idea:) the slides sound fun too.
I’ve been on a 7 day cruise out of new orleans on the ship, conquest, and it was fun! I would also love to see a 7 day cruise on the fantasy~ jamicia, cayman islands, etc. I will be booking a cruise on the fanasty sometime soon.

andrea August 21, 2008 - 10:02 pm

Dear Carvinal,
Its me again, andrea from above talking about the new ship fanasty. I’ve been on 3 cruises before and they are a great vacation:) I recommend cruises as a great vacation. thanks and God Bless, Andrea:)

Valerie August 21, 2008 - 10:17 pm

i would like to have some seven days cruises from mobile port on the new ship fanasty to include key west florida. thank you.
Valerie in daphne

andrea August 21, 2008 - 10:19 pm

hey, i forgot something….I would also like to have Key west, florida as a part of the new iterinatry on the new ship fanasty. thanks! God Bless, Andrea:)

Jennie Boyd September 2, 2008 - 11:29 am

I am also very glad to hear that Mobile is getting a bigger ship. I would love to see a 7 night cruise. 5 days just isn’t enough!!!

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