Carnival Email Survey - Mobile, AL?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 10:34 PM.
#1
Richmond, VA/Pace, FL
1,054 Posts
Joined May 2007
I got an email survey today which seemed to target whether or not I would sail out of Mobile, AL; and if so, why would I chose Mobile over New Orleans. Makes me wonder what wheels are turning at the Carnival offices. Anyone else?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Luci


Carnival (Sunshine, Holiday x2, Conquest x3, Fantasy x3, Elation x2, Celebration x2, Fascination, Triumph, Paradise, Splendor)
RCCL (Majesty of the Seas)
Holland America (Eurodam)
Disney (Fantasy) 5/2/2015


Carnival Breeze 4/9/2016
Carnival Sunshine Homeschool Group 10/28/2016
#2
Louisiana
162 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Mobile has none of the attractions that New Orleans has, they have limited hotel rooms and not to mention New Orleans Mardi Gras and partying. only 2 hrs from Mobile.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature




Carnival Elation - November 17, 2012
Carnival Magic - February 19, 2012
Carnival Triumph - April 23, 2011
Carnival Conquest - March 28, 2010
Carnival Fantasy - February 21, 2009
Carnival Glory - May 31, 2008
Carnival Holiday - February 17, 2007
Carnival Elation - November 19, 2005
Carnival Conquest - November 23, 2003
Carnival Holiday - November 23, 2002
Carnival Ecstasy - July 6, 1996
#3
391 Posts
Joined Jul 2012
I would sail out of Mobile over New Orleans (depending on ship and where it's going). For me, I don't really go to see NOLA anymore, just for my cruise, so the city is not a draw for me. That said, although the distance is not too far apart, there is less traffic congestion and the port is just easier to navigate in Mobile (though the port is easy enough in NOLA). That, and it's just a bit closer! I give a thumbs up for Mobile.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
7/04, 6/05, 6/06, 6/07, 7/08 - Holiday - Mexico (5 days)
11/09 - Carnival Fantasy - Mexico (5 days)
8/10 - Carnival Legend - Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Honduras, & Belize (7 days)
11/10 - Carnival Triumph - Mexico (5 days)
5/11 - Carnival Triumph - Keywest, Freeport, & Nassau (7 days)
7/11 - Carnival Elation - Jamaica, Cayman Islands, & Cozumel (7 days)
5/12 - Carnival Spirit - Skagway, Juneau & Ketchikan, Alaska (7 days)
7/12 - Carnival Conquest - Jamaica, Cayman Islands, & Cozumel (7 days)
2/13, 5/13 - Carnival Elation - Mexico (5 days)
7/21/13 & 7/28/13 (B2B) - Carnival Conquest - Jamaica, Cayman Islands, & Cozumel / Belize, Honduras, & Cozumel (14 days)
11/21/13 & 11/25/13 (B2B) - Carnival Elation - Mexico (9 days)
5/18/14 - Carnival Dream - Belize, Honduras, & Cozumel (7 days)
7/3/14 & 7/7/14 (B2B) - Carnival Elation - Mexico (9 days)
7/27/14 & 8/3/14 (B2B) - Carnival Dream - Jamaica, Cayman Islands, & Cozumel x 2 (14 days)
11/20/14 & 11/25/14 (B2B) - Carnival Elation - Mexico (9 days)
12/14/14 - Carnival Dream - Keywest, Freeport, & Nassau (7 days)
12/28/14 - Carnival Dream - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel (7 days)
03/08/15 - Carnival Dream - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel (7 days)
5/11/15 & 5/16/15 (B2B) - Carnival Elation - Mexico (10 days)
06/21/15 - Carnival Dream - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel (7 days)
7/11/15 & 7/16/15 (B2B) - Carnival Elation - Mexico (9 days)
12/13/15 - Carnival Dream - Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cozumel (7 days)
03/13/16 - Carnival Dream - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel (7 days)
06/12/16 - Carnival Dream - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel (7 days)
11/13/16 & 11/20/16 (B2B) - Carnival Dream - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel & Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cozumel (14 days)
#4
Chicago
6,119 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
How many gulf coast departures going to the same western ports does Carnival need? Seems Mobile is overkill.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


Previous Cruises
Norwegian Getaway - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian Epic - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 4/6/13
Celebrity Summit - 7 Day Southern Caribbean 12/1/12
Carnival Liberty - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 5/12/12
Norwegian Epic - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 12/31/11
Carnival Legend - 7 Day Western Caribbean 9/4/11
Norwegian Epic - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 4/9/11
Carnival Glory - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 5/9/10
Mariner of the Seas - 7 Day Mexican Riviera 11/1/09
Carnival Freedom - 6 Day Western Caribbean 4/19/09 - Platinum!
Carnival Inspiration - 5 Day Western Caribbean 11/3/08
Carnival Inspiration - 4 Day Western Caribbean 10/30/08
Carnival Valor - 7 Day Western Caribbean 4/13/08
Carnival Valor - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 10/21/07
Carnival Imagination - 4 Day Western Caribbean 5/3/07
Carnival Miracle - 7 Day Western Caribbean 12/3/06
Carnival Fantasy - 4 Day Bahamas 9/22/02
Celebration - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 3/9/96
Carnival Imagination - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean 7/1/95
#5
3,431 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
I really enjoyed sailing out of Mobile.

We had no trouble in the 6 times we sailed from Mobile finding a hotel room.
Mobile has its own Mardi Gras that has been running longer than the one in New Orleans.
It also has the USS Alabama to tour and Bellingrath Gardens and I have always wanted to stay at the Battle House Hotel.

And a plus for us is that we can leave really early on the day of a cruise and get there in time.
It is nicer to go the day before, but sometimes with work it is not possible.

If Carnival is really thinking of going back to Mobile I would be happy.
They can probably get it for almost nothing now...
Sneaky that.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Watch 'em, they're sneaky!
#6
Mobile,Al.
302 Posts
Joined May 2004
We have not gotten a survey, but would love to get one to let Carnival know we would love to have a ship here.

We cruised out of Mobile several times when we had the ships here. Have also cruised out of NOLA on Carnival ships. (We are platinum with Carnival).
Love Carnival but very disappointed when they took our ship away.

Mardi Gras actually started in Mobile, not New Orleans. We have Mardi Gras every year with parades and balls during the whole Mardi Gras season. Actually Mobile's Mardi Gras is considered more family friendly than that in New Orleans.

Mobile also has the USS Alabama battle ship and several other places of interest like the Mardi Gras Museum, Belingraph Gardens and is in the process of building a Maritime Museum. Also, many many motel room.
#8
Galveston, TEXAS
4,235 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Would like to see a Carnival Ship back in Mobile! We sailed out of their several times stayed in Buloxi, MS the night before the drive to the port was very easy from there. Plus we got to get in some Casino time early! I just hope they get the parking worked out as the lot wasn't large enough for a Fantasy Class ship and all the people who drive to the port. But that would be the only down side as maybe the Port of Calica would be on the schedule and it's hard to beat a beach day in Playa Del Carmen!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Janet
GALVESTON, TX
[email protected]

49 Cruises and counting....

39-Carnival (Diamond gotta love those perks!!)
Holiday x4, Elation x3, Ecstasy x6,Celebration, Imagination, Conquest x6, Destiny x3, Triumph x5, Magic x8, Sunshine, Dream
6-Princess (gone Platinum!)
2-RCI
1-Holland American
1-NCL
#9
alabama
753 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Carnival sent the survey to me today, also. I definetely would prefer cruising out of Mobile.
Our first family cruise was on the Holiday out of Mobile. We loved going out of Mobile. Only about 5 hours from my home. Made it easier for us to cruise more. Nice hotels are also cheaper in Mobile than New Orleans. If I want to do New Orleans, I would go for a land based vacation rather than a cruise.

I hope they put one of their Fantasy class ships back in Mobile.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
RCCL's Song of Norway -- December 1978
Holiday -- November 2008
Fascination -- April 2009, June 2010, May 2011, December 2012, December 2013, March 2015
Fantasy -- November 2009
Inspiration -- March 2010
Elation -- November 2010, September 2011
Sensation -- March 2012
Ecstasy -- July 2013
Legend -- August 2016, May 2017


#10
alabama
753 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Originally posted by Chigirlcruzin
How many gulf coast departures going to the same western ports does Carnival need? Seems Mobile is overkill.
Compared to all of the ships on the east coast that do Nassau/Freeport, there are not that many that do the Western Carribean on a five day cruise. Currently Carnival just has Tampa, New Orleans and Galveston.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
RCCL's Song of Norway -- December 1978
Holiday -- November 2008
Fascination -- April 2009, June 2010, May 2011, December 2012, December 2013, March 2015
Fantasy -- November 2009
Inspiration -- March 2010
Elation -- November 2010, September 2011
Sensation -- March 2012
Ecstasy -- July 2013
Legend -- August 2016, May 2017


#11
Eads, TN
2,880 Posts
Joined May 2000
I loved cruising out of Mobile. If I were to have a choice of Mobile or NOLA, Mobile would win everytime. We also would spend the night before in Biloxi (can't beat a comped room) and just drive over the morning of the cruise. Although we have (and will again next month) cruise out of NOLA, I am not, and never will be a fan of NOLA.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
---------------------------------------------------------------

32 CCL
7 NCL
2 the old and now defunct Commodore Cruise Line.
#12
Richmond, VA/Pace, FL
1,054 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by JRock59
Would like to see a Carnival Ship back in Mobile! We sailed out of their several times stayed in Buloxi, MS the night before the drive to the port was very easy from there. Plus we got to get in some Casino time early! I just hope they get the parking worked out as the lot wasn't large enough for a Fantasy Class ship and all the people who drive to the port. But that would be the only down side as maybe the Port of Calica would be on the schedule and it's hard to beat a beach day in Playa Del Carmen!
I agree that Calica is a port they should return to also, and I said so on the survey! We really enjoyed Xcaret both times we went there.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Luci


Carnival (Sunshine, Holiday x2, Conquest x3, Fantasy x3, Elation x2, Celebration x2, Fascination, Triumph, Paradise, Splendor)
RCCL (Majesty of the Seas)
Holland America (Eurodam)
Disney (Fantasy) 5/2/2015


Carnival Breeze 4/9/2016
Carnival Sunshine Homeschool Group 10/28/2016
#13
Alabama
1,464 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Maybe having two ships in New Orleans isn't working out so well. Mobile has just landed a huge Airbus deal. They will be assembling the planes in Mobile. Building the plant will create 3000 plus jobs, the assembly plant will have about 1000 workers. Plus all the companies that will spring up to supply the plant. It's a very big deal for Mobile and maybe Carnival thinks it will mean a lot of new customers.

I sailed from Mobile on The Holiday, it was a great embarkation and debarkation port. I love sailing from New Orleans too but if it's just a 4 or 5 day cruise then Mobile would be much easier.

I always felt that Carnival departed without trying to fix whatever the problem was so would love to see them come back.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Conquest October 2003
Canival Glory February 2005
Carnival Conquest October 2005 (took the family)
Carnival Glory November 2006
Carnival Holiday April 2007
NCL Spirit December 2007
Carnival Splendor December 2008
Carnival Fantasy June 2009
Carnival Dream December 2009
Carnival Triumph September 2010
Carnival Legend October 2011
Carnival Conquest December 2012
RCCL Serenade of the Seas December 2013
NCL Dawn March 2015
NCL Dawn December 2016
RCCL Oasis of the Seas December 2017






#14
United States
380 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
they could move the Elation to Mobile when the Sunshine comes to New Orleans and it would be awesome to have a ship that could do maybe a few cruises to nowhere in the gulf, would be great for a weekend getaway endless possiblities
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#15
Southern Ontario, Canada
6,135 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
sailed out of Mobile twice and LOVED it!! I would definitely do it again!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature




Next up Carnival Sunshine 02/2018

Carnival
Splendor
Breeze
Victory x3
Valor x2
Glory
Miracle x2
Elation
Holiday
Legend x2
Triumph x2
Fascination


NCL

Spirit
#16
alabama
753 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
We used to cruise out of Mobile every year during my daughter's Thanksgiving Week break from school. We could get on the ship on Saturday and be off on Thanksgiving Day in time to eat lunch with my sister who lives just south of Birmingham.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
RCCL's Song of Norway -- December 1978
Holiday -- November 2008
Fascination -- April 2009, June 2010, May 2011, December 2012, December 2013, March 2015
Fantasy -- November 2009
Inspiration -- March 2010
Elation -- November 2010, September 2011
Sensation -- March 2012
Ecstasy -- July 2013
Legend -- August 2016, May 2017


#17
west point, ga
527 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
i've never sailed from either town, but i think i'd pick mobile everytime. i understand NO has more tourist attractions, etc than mobile but i just dont think i'd like all the time on the mississippi river out of NO. i've been all over southern louisiana in the summer several times and i know that you can tell when the mosquitos are around when they turn their landing lights on. it has to be "buggy" in the mississippi. out of mobile its straight out into the open water and fewer bugs.

edit: also it seemed like the 7 day trip out of mobile was better for jamacia and the caymen isl. the ship stayed in port longer. it was a better angle leaving mobile than NO for getting around cuba.
#18
Alabama
1,770 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
I loved sailing out of Mobile! In fact, I find Mobile to be more "hotel friendly" than I do NO. NO seems to have some type of "festival" once a month(or more). Now that's all fine and dandy if you're interested in that. If not...this causes the price of lodging to skyrocket and decreases the availability to the point that you'd better book your room the same time you book your cruise or you'll be SOL. Also of note...I might never have even stepped foot on a NCL ship had Carnival remained in Mobile. Now I KNOW NCL has a fine product so I'm going sail with them regardless at this point. With Point Clear/Gulf Shores/Orange Beach in one direction and Dauphin Island/Biloxi, MS the other..Mobile is a GREAT location!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Chuck

Sailing:
RCCL Navigator of the Seas 03/2017
NCL Pearl 01/2018

Sailed:
RCCL Liberty of the Seas 11/2016- Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel.
Celebrity Summit- sailed 03/2016- Dominica, Martinique, St Kitts, St Thomas, and Tortula
HAL Ms. Eurodam- sailed 11/08/2015- Grand Cayman, Falmouth. Key West, and HMC
Norwegian Star- sailed 03/2015- Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta
Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas- sailed 11/2014- St Thomas, St Lucia, St Croix, Antigua, and Grenada
Carnival Breeze- sailed 03/2014- Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba
Carnival Valor- sailed 11/3013- St Maarten, St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados, and St Lucia
Norwegian Star- sailed 04/2013- Belize City, Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Maya
Princess Ruby Princess- sailed 11/2012- Princess Cay, St. Maarten, St Thomas, Grand Turk
Carnival Conquest- sailed 05/2012- Key West, Freeport, Nassau
Norwegian Spirit- sailed 10/2011- Belize City, Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Maya
Carnival Elation- sailed 05/2011- Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph- sailed 10/2010- Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Cozumel
Carnival Holiday -sailed 06/2007- Cozumel, Calica
#19
Northshore
183 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Originally posted by WishIwasOutThereNOW
i understand NO has more tourist attractions, etc than mobile but i just dont think i'd like all the time on the mississippi river out of NO. i've been all over southern louisiana in the summer several times and i know that you can tell when the mosquitos are around when they turn their landing lights on. it has to be "buggy" in the mississippi.
Depending on the time of year, cruising down the river can be very rewarding. In the winter months it gets dark pretty quick so you miss most of it, so you cannot even tell you are in a river. In the summer, you get to see the river longer, which I enjoy. As for it being "buggy", I have never expieranced that. I believe the ship is traveling too fast for it to be a problem.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
10-31-2011 Carnival Ecstasy
04-26-2012 Carnival Elation
10-20-2013 Carnival Conquest

#20
534 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
I received the survey today...gave a big vote for Mobile. We don't really have a need or desire to go back to New Orleans and Mobile is closer to home for us. Hope that Carnival is reconsidering Mobile!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
CJKumbaya

Still Platinum under new program!

Upcoming Cruise
Dream 11/2012

Past Cruises
Legend 5/2012, Legend 11/2011 (platinum!!!), Freedom 4/2011, Miracle 11/2010, Elation 8/2010, Legend 4/2010, Glory 11/2009, Glory 5/2009, Legend 11/2008, Miracle 3/2008, Fantasy 6/1998