Carnival Cruise Line is working with the City of Mobile to bring a cruise ship back to the city according to a report by AL.com.
The two sides are currently negotiating an agreement and Carnival Cruise Line is expected to visit Mobile in the next few weeks. Once a contract is in place, it would have to be approved by city council. Few details have been given at this point, but the contract is expected to pass if an agreement is made.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson gave the following statement:
“It’s imperative when we welcome a cruise ship back to Mobile, we welcome back the passengers with enthusiasm and an enhanced experience.”
The port in Mobile has been without a cruise ship since Carnival pulled out in October 2011. Since then, only Carnival Triumph and Carnival Conquest have docked at the cruise terminal, both were due to emergency situations.
Carnival did confirm that they were in negotiations with the city and gave the following statement:
“Carnival Cruise Line can confirm that we met with the mayor of Mobile yesterday in Miami. We are in the final stages of contract negotiations with the City of Mobile for future cruises from the port. We expect this process to be concluded by the end of the month.”
Specifics of the deal will be worked out when the cruise line visits the city sometime this month. It is also unknown which cruise ship Carnival will send to Mobile and the starting date for those voyages.