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Good News for Cruisers from Alabama and Mississippi

by Chuck Brown on 09/24/15

Good news for Cruisers from Alabama and Mississippi… Or is it?

Carnival Cruise Lines has just announced this week that they will be returning to Mobile, Alabama beginning in the fall of 2016.  At present, their plans are to reposition the Carnival Fantasy to Mobile after a multi-million-dollar refurbishment that will add several new restaurants and bars.

The 25 year old Fantasy was the first in a line of 70,000 ton, 2000 passenger ships that were the state of the art back in 1990.  With that said, it may take more than a few new eateries and watering holes to make the ship appealing enough to forego the drive to New Orleans and the much newer and bigger Carnival Triumph, for exact same cruise itinerary.

The “more” actually my come though in a significant price drop from that of the Triumph.  Currently the Fantasy’s sister ship, the Elation, is sailing from New Orleans which will be replaced by the Triumph next spring.   I've noticed that the prices for the Triumph will be notably more than that of the Elation for the exact same itinerary.  However, since the Fantasy is due for a major facelift, this price brake may not come at all.

Keep in mind also that the Triumph is a “balcony ship” and the Fantasy class ships are not, which means that if you want a balcony on the Fantasy – you’ll have to purchase a suite to get one.

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