Mobile, located along the Mobile River, is one of the Gulf Coast’s cultural centers, and is one of the most populated cities in Alabama. Many know Mobile for its museums, historic architecture and fun Mardi Gras celebrations (occurring annually and dating back to the early 1700s). Most of the cruises from Mobile are Caribbean cruises.
Taking a cruise from Mobile is a particularly popular option for those who live within driving distance of the port. Carnival Cruise Line is currently the only cruise line offers cruises from Mobile. Most of the cruises from Mobile are Caribbean cruises (usually sailing in the Western Caribbean).
If you are looking for more of a variety of cruises to choose from, there are more cruises that leave from a couple of cities within driving distance of Mobile. New Orleans is about a 2 hour and 20 minute drive. Jacksonville is about a 6 1/2 hour drive:♦ Cruises from New Orleans
Driving times listed above are estimates, as they vary depending on traffic and road conditions.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Mobile, AL. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Mobile, AL. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Mobile, AL:
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Mobile, along with a brief description:
♦ U.S.S. Alabama
History lovers taking a cruise from Mobile should consider visiting the Battleship Alabama. This 680-foot-long vessel (launched in 1942) served active duty for the United States military for 37 months during World War II, earning nine battle stars. It is now open to the public for tours, and is open every day except for Christmas. There is an admission fee, but children under 6 years of age are free (subject to change). Hours of operation vary by season.
♦ Mobile Museum of Art
Established in 1963, this museum features a wonderful collection of art (from all over the world), as well as various exhibits and educational programs. This venue is located in Langan Park (also known as Municipal Park), nearby the 100-acre Mobile Botanical Gardens and the 18-hole (public) Azalea City Golf Course.
♦ Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Open to the public since 1932, this 65-acre area consists of beautiful gardens and a historic 10,500 square foot home. Guests can take part in a self-guided walking tour while visiting this wonderful award-winning venue. Also available at this venue (between March and November) is a 45-minute cruise along the Fowl River, where you can learn about birding habits, ecological systems and the area's Civil War history. You should definitely consider a visit here before or after your cruise.
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