Favors For Carnival May Not Do Much To Help Mobile Get Cruise Sh

Help for Carnival, Nothing for Mobile

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As the Conquest waited to leave today members of its crew were waiting for a cab.  Meanwhile the city as a whole is waiting for a new tenant for the Alabama Cruise Terminal.  .

"I think it just keeps the door open," says the President of the Mobile Bay CVB David Randel.  In late 2011 the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation left Mobile for good.   Carnival needs to see it can make more money for rooms and shopping putting a ship back here as opposed to somewhere else. 

"The cruise companies would strictly consider mobile based on a business decision as you would expect any company to do," says Randel.  Recently Carnival announced it was pulling out of Mid-Atlantic ports in Baltimore and Norfolk.  They cited environmental regulations forcing them to burn expensive high grade fuel while close to shore. That could work in Mobile's favor.

"So Mobile versus a Baltimore we'd get to that 200 mile mark before other cities which makes us more competitive," says Randel.  That competition is fierce with more terminals open than ships to fill them.

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