It was a big day for tourism in the Port City. The Carnival cruise ship ‘Fantasy’ docked at the cruise terminal early Wednesday morning. This is the first time in five years that Carnival has been back for a cruise out of Mobile, and seeing the iconic red whale tail in front of a Mobile skyline was the perfect picture for people who thought this day might never come.
“This is the day we’ve been looking forward to since the day I was elected. I have to pinch myself to remind me that there is a big carnival ship out there. This is happening,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said.
“The night before and the night after the cruise leaves, we’re already seeing those revenues from the restaurants and the hotels. It’s just a big day for the city and the county,” Mobile County Commission President Jerry Carl said.
“The Mayor and all the team here have really rolled out the red carpet for us. So far, we’ve seen strong demand for promoting the ship that was coming back here. Very positive. So we’re thrilled with the relationship and partnership we have here in Mobile,” Duffy said.
“We’re just so excited. We’ve been texting each other for months saying, ‘don’t forget this and don’t forget that.’ It’s just exciting!” Robertson said.