There’s still more time to book a cruise out of Mobile. City officials announced a one-year extension to the contract through late 2019. The Carnival Fantasy pulled into Mobile Monday morning full of passengers going home. As new passengers came to the terminal to wait to ship out, the city held a news conference announcing the deal.
“We are thrilled, we are so happy because we like to come down to Mobile to get on the Fantasy we like the ship,” said passenger Sue McClellan from Decatur. Some passengers say Mobile is a good place to cruise without a hassle.
“Convenient, it’s a good port to leave out of everything is a lot nicer than some of the other ports you go out of,” said David Turley from Anniston. Mobile’s Mayor and others argue the cruise ship has been an economic boom to the city.
“We have about 6.5 million dollars of revenue being generated by the cruise terminal, that doesn’t include all the taxes from lodging and businesses so 6.5 million in revenue, 2 million of which is profit,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. For the third year in a row, this is just a one year extension for one ship. Councilman Fred Richardson says there’s room for more.
“We have more people here, we’ll pack out the ship, we want to go further than you’ve ever gone before if we pack it out for you,” said Richardson. The contract will be on the Mobile City Council’s agenda Tuesday. It goes into effect next month.