MOBILE, Alabama — Carnival Cruise Line announced this week that cruises out of the Port of Mobile will resume in October, marking the first cruises from Mobile since the CDC first suspended passenger cruises in March 2020.
The Carnival Sensation will homeport at the Port of Mobile and guest operations will officially resume Oct. 21, Carnival announced. The Sensation will be the first cruise ship sailing out of Mobile since the No Sail Order was first implemented March 14, 2020.
“We’re excited to see a definitive date set for the resumption of cruises out of Mobile,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “We’ve been continuing to communicate with Carnival so that we’re ready to meet their needs as a home port city when cruising starts again in October. Carnival plays a critical role in the City’s economic strength, and we are pleased to continue this successful partnership with the return of the Carnival Sensation.”
Cruising from Mobile is estimated to bring in 200,000 guests, creating more than 35,000 overnight stays in local hotels, and direct spending across multiple business segments.
“It’s Sensational to have Carnival Cruise Lines return to Mobile, and a new ship to boot,” said David Clark, President & CEO of Visit Mobile. “Carnival’s partnership brings a tremendous boost to Mobile’s hotels, restaurants, attractions, and the surrounding region. We are excited to have the Carnival Sensation as a part of our skyline and to welcome back more visitors into our city.”
After the company’s initial resumption of service and guests’ response to onboard experience and health and safety protocols, Carnival has decided they will continue to operate all ships as vaccinated voyages through at least October, with the possibility that may be extended based on guidance from the medical community.
According to Carnival, the company will continue to welcome unvaccinated guests on board, but all unvaccinated guests, including children under the age of 12, will be subject to pre-cruise and pre-embarkation testing and testing again prior to debarkation (on cruises longer than four days) along with a $150 per person charge to cover the costs of testing, reporting and health and safety screenings.
Guests and others interested who have additional questions are encouraged to review Carnival’s Have Fun. Be Safe. page.
The Sensation is moving from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Mobile and will assume the itineraries previously assigned to the Fantasy and Fascination. Guests can book four or five-day cruises from Mobile, cruising the western Caribbean and making a port of call in Cozumel, Mexico.
Prices start at $284 per guest for an interior cabin, with $349 for an ocean view. Suites start at $804 per person. More information on Carnival cruises from Mobile can be found at Carnival.com.
In October 2020, the Sensation was sailing without passengers about 37 miles off the Florida coast when the cruise ship received a distress call from a smaller vessel. The Sensation rescued two dozen people, including two children, from the sinking boat. They were given life jackets, food, water and blankets, according to a report from The Associated Press.
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