Now that this is all said and done, I do believe there is a very valuable lesson that other cities can learn from this experience.Add San Diego to your list. They just spent a ton of money on a new terminal that will go unused.
It has made me wonder how Jacksonville is doing. They have been sailed from there about the same length of time as Mobile. And Jacksonville would not be any more of a "destination" city than Mobile.
However, Jacksonsville was smart and only built what is considered a "temporary" cruise terminal. Several years ago, Jacksonville looked at building a new 60 million complex....but because of a slow economy, that was put on the back burner.
Any city in Texas like Corpus Christi should definately not invest a lot into such a project. Houston always has a huge terminal just sitting there.
Cities like Norfolk have speciality cruises that sail out of there. But to my knowledge, it is not used 12 months a year by anyone.
Charleston already had a cruise facility before Carnival moved there that handled speciality cruises. Now (as I understand it) Charleston was also looking an building a better facility. But if any lessons are learned from Mobile...it should be that who ever is in charge of that decision had better know what they are doing.
This is not a business for beginners....
This does not seem too different from cities that spend tons of money for pro sports teams that end up leaving when the ticket sales aren't there.