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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:51 PM
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Default Closest cruise port to Chattanooga, TN

DD and college senior friends would like to take a cruise for spring break. What is the closest port for them to drive to?

Also, what is the age policy on Carnival and don't they need passports?
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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:56 PM
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Regarding the closest port, that depends on what ship you desire if u have a preference. You can also go to that ship's website and they will list their ports and u can go from there. But I am in TN too, but not Chat...The closest port to me is either New Orleans or Alabama....but u are at a different end so u can check the Carnival site and see which port is closest from Chat.

For passport, scroll thru the threads or do a search on the title "passport clarification"...I posted the same question yesterday and got the response from there. Good luck

For age restrictions, you can also get that from the Carnival website.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:58 PM
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Regarding the closest port, that u depend on what ship you are taking. You can also go to that ship's website and they will list their ports and u can go from there.

For passport, scroll thru the threads or do a search on the title "passport clarification"...I posted the same question yesterday and got the response from there. Good luck
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The girls will pick the ship after the port. They want cheap, cheap and cheap!


Thanks for the passport info!
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Closest cruise port to Chattanooga is Mobile. As it currently stands, passports are not required, however this might change later this year. You should be OK for a cruise during the next 6 months. You can get information about age requirements by going to carnival.com and clicking on FAQ.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 09:12 PM
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Chattanooga is closer to a port than you may think.

Chattanooga is a port!

The Delta Steamboat Company prior to being sold sailed from their each year. Check their new website and they have cruises this year also starting from Chattanooga.

Now a river cruise may not be what you want.

But you did ask for the nearest port.

And the nearest port is your very own city!!!
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Sorry another blooming double post. Do you not just love how they are working so hard to change the color of the screen and not their computer capacity.

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Mobile / Western Carib - 401
Charleston / Bahamas - 439
Jaclsonville / Bahamas - 477

As per Mapsource.
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Jacksonville is surprising! I know it is further than 40 miles from Charleston, so MapSource must be taking them through Atlanta and down.

Steamboatin - They have been on several river cruises, so don't think that will work!

Cruzman - I am not sure we could get DD a passport in time (6 weeks.)
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Carnival will require someone 25 or older in each cabin with someone under 21. The only exception is a married couple. I have read that Royal Caribbean has a less restrictive policy as do some other lines.
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Hi! I am about 1 hour from you! The closest port for us is Mobile and the Holiday is one of the least expensive ships. The next for us is Jacksonville with the Celebration and it is not too bad either.
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Jacksonville is surprising! I know it is further than 40 miles from Charleston, so MapSource must be taking them through Atlanta and down.
The route was I-75S then I-10E to Jax.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 09:47 PM
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I just talked to my daughter and those girls have already been on the phone to Carnival. They found out they can cruise because no one is under 21 (DD turned 22 last month) and one person is already 25.

They are looking at driving to Port Canaveral (which I am not happy about!) and taking a 4 day cruise.

They also confirmed that they do not need the passports, although I do think it is a good idea...just not enough time (I would be afraid that their birth certificates would get lost in the shuffle too.)

Thanks for all the help. Now, I get to go do some pricing for them.
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Port Canaveral is not that much further than Jacksonville (2 hours?). Straight shot down 95, however the traffic on 95 is HORRIFIC! (Of course I hate driving on ANY part of 95!) I would encourage the 5 day Celebration or the Holiday out of Mobile. If they insisted on Port Canaveral, I would definately check out flights to Orlando. Southwest is sometimes cheaper than driving and only 2 hour drive to Nashville.
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That's why I don't want them driving to Orlando. We have done that and lucky to be alive!

I will check on some flights as well.
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Dont rule out New Orleans. The 5 day sailings on the Fantasy have been cheaper than the Holiday. Pull up a website that lets you look at a month or two spread. Then look at the 4-day vs 5-day. By changing your schedule by one week you can save hundreds of dollars.

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I wondered about New Orleans! Cheapest so far for their dates and same distance as Jacksonville.

I checked on flights and they cannot fly for under $200 a piece, so that's out!
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Does Amtrak pass through your town? A few people have been doing that to get to New Orleans.
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The train schedule doesn't work for them and they would end up having to spend a night in New Orleans both ways. I don't feel good about that!
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Hey! No one has mentioned Mobile, AL. I just found out that Mobile is only 5 hours, 54 minutes from Chattanooga and the Carnival Holiday sails from there. What do you think for college Seniors?
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