Mobile, AL (WKRG)
At dawn, this cruise ship slowly made its way down the Mobile River. It was coming into port in reverse to save time. The cruise ship docked a little less than an hour ahead of schedule due in part to the fact that the passengers get less time in Mobile, they had to be back on board by 3pm Monday afternoon instead of 6pm Monday evening.
As the ship pulled into mobile the passengers were greeted by waving Azalea Trail Maids. There were also tables with stacks of brochures, pamphlets and every tourist offering they could bag up. This welcome is considered a dry run for Carnival’s return next month.
“We really wanted to get our entire hospitality community on board with welcoming these folks to our city it’s just another example of when mobile comes together that we welcome our guests to our town,” said Visit Mobile President and CEO Al Hutchinson. The guests were happy to be here.
“When I get back to Western Australia, we’re looking forward to seeing you all I’ll tell them what a great place this is and they have to come to Mobile,” said Australian tourist Clive Hove. Everyone had something they wanted to do.
“Well I’m going on the walking tour and hope to get a sense of the city from a local person,” said Jan Summer from Brisbane Australia. The first walking tour left early on foot.
“Well today we’re going to the hall courthouse, which is Fort Conde Inn and then we’re going to where Joe Cain is buried and then we’re going to spend an hour at the carnival museum,” said Walking Tour Guide Craig Roberts.