The Carnival Sensation will depart from the Port of Mobile again, effective October 21, a statement from Visit Mobile confirmed.
“We are delighted to restart the cruise from Mobile and finally welcome our guests to Carnival Sensation, which will be making its debut,” Chris Chiames, communications director for Carnival Cruise Line, said in the statement. “Thank you to all of Mobile members for their incredible support and loyalty during this time. We can’t wait to have fun on Mobile again.
Following the success of the company’s initial resumption of service and customer response to onboard experience and health and safety protocols, Carnival decided that they would continue to operate all ships as vaccinated voyages until ‘in at least October, but could be extended depending on public advice. medical and health advisers.
“It’s amazing to see Carnival Cruise Lines come back to Mobile, and a new ship to start! Carnival’s partnership is a tremendous boost to hotels, restaurants, attractions and the surrounding area of Mobile, ”said David Clark, President and CEO of Visit Mobile. “We are delighted to have the Carnival Sensation on our horizon and to welcome again more visitors. in our city.
While city and tourism leaders welcomed the ship’s return to port, there is an outlet linked to COVID-19, the statement said. The cruise line could require that all unvaccinated passengers, including children under 12, be tested before boarding and before disembarking, for longer cruises. The tests will cost these passengers an additional $ 150 to cover the costs of testing, reporting, and health and safety checks.
Each year, cruises from Mobile attract 200,000 guests, creating a huge economic impact with more than 35,000 overnight stays in local hotels and direct spending in several business segments.
“We are delighted to see a final date set for the resumption of cruises from Mobile,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “We have continued to communicate with Carnival to be ready to meet their needs as a home port city when the cruise resumes in October. Carnival plays a vital role in the city’s economic strength, and we are pleased to continue this successful partnership with the return of the Carnival Sensation.