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Cruises from Mobile, Alabama

Embark on a Caribbean adventure from this gracious, historical coast town.

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Mobile, Alabama can be a wonderful starting point for cruises to the Caribbean and along the western coast of Mexico. If you have time, grab a drink from a bar on charming nearby Dauphin Street before or after your voyage — the perfect bookend to a tropical getaway.

Best cruises from Mobile, AL

Carnival

Carnival is the only company offering cruises sailing from Mobile. If you've never sailed with Carnival before, read an expert opinion and first-person reviews to get an idea of what to expect on board
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Carnival is the only company offering cruises sailing from Mobile. If you’ve never sailed with Carnival before, read an expert opinion and first-person reviews to get an idea of what to expect on board:

Western Caribbean cruises from Mobile

Sail from Mobile to islands in the western Caribbean and port cities along the coast of Mexico, including Cozumel, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman and Progresso on the Yucatán Peninsula. These are quintessential white-sand beach adventures. You’ll have plenty of time for both downtime and fun between the days at sea and in port.

Carnival usually offers four- to six-day cruises to the western Caribbean.

Eastern Caribbean cruises from Mobile

If you’ve got more time, Carnival offers a longer 10-day cruise to the eastern Caribbean. In addition to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, you’ll also visit Amber Cove in the gorgeous Dominican Republic, the pristine beaches of Grand Turk and quirky-charming archipelago Key West. Dreamy voyages start at less than $700 per person for an inside stateroom.

Panama Canal cruises from Mobile

Up for a grand adventure to one of the engineering wonders of the world? Carnival’s Panama Canal cruises from Mobile visit Cozumel, Mahogany Bay in Honduras and Limón, Costa Rica in addition to traversing the luscious Panama Canal.

Keep in mind that these cruises are probably best for people who don’t mind spending longer days at sea. That said, the fare is super cheap, starting at less than $600 per person per day — plus, Carnival is known for its over-the-top, nonstop entertainment.

How can I find last-minute cruises from Mobile?

Use a site like Cruisedirect.com to see all your options in one place — along with the prices for each date. From the Cruisedirect.com home page, click Last minute cruises and select Mobile as your departure city. It shows you a list of the lowest rates for cruises departing soon.

Keep in mind that booking last-minute isn’t the only way to score cheap cruises from Mobile. Carnival also offers up to 30% off fare for early-bird reservations. Head to Carnival’s Cruise Deals page to see if you can score a discount.

Are there three-night cruises from Mobile?

No. The shortest cruises kicking off from Mobile are four nights to the western Caribbean.

When is the best time to cruise from Mobile?

Late August through early November or February through March. Prices are cheapest during these shoulder seasons, and your ship will probably be a bit quieter.

Avoid holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas if you can — prices tend to spike during that time. Also avoid June and July, when the Mobile cruise port is busiest.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Mobile

Mobile cruise port is located at 201 S Water St. — just west of downtown, located right next to the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum. Here’s how you can get there:

  • Uber/Lyft. This is probably the easiest way around the city. And depending on where you’re starting from, it may be the cheapest.
  • Taxi. Likewise, taxis can be a convenient way to navigate Mobile. You can schedule one in advance to set your mind at ease.
  • Shuttle from a hotel. Many Mobile hotels cater to cruise passengers and offer free shuttles to and from the port. Call the hotel in advance to confirm it offers this service. Or use a service like ParkSleepHotels to locate and book the most convenient accommodations.

At this time, Carnival does not offer shuttles to the Mobile cruise port.

If you decide to drive yourself, keep in mind that parking’s $19/day for regular-size cars. For a four-day cruise, that’s $76 — or $95 for a five-day cruise. You can pay in advance online to get the bill settled before you even embark on the cruise.

Bottom line

Cruises from Mobile are ideal for short-and-sweet tropical getaways. But if that’s not quite what you’re looking for — or you simply want more options to choose from — check out cruises that depart from nearby Nola. It’s just over a two hour-drive from Mobile to New Orleans, and might be worth it if an itinerary catches your eye.

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