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Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile Alabama Cruise Port is relatively small compared to other southern departure cities. Roughly 150,000 passengers embark from here on an annual basis. That works out to only one or two sailings on a typical week. Currently, Carnival Cruise Lines is the only cruise company regularly serving cruisers leaving from Alabama. Despite the slow cruise ship traffic, Mobile is often referred to as “the port city” due to its popularity in the trade industry. The nickname has been around since the French colonists and Native American occupied this area. Today, Mobile Cruise Port is the nations 12th largest. Speaking of the French, they used to own the place. It was first colonized by France then traded to Britain and finally Spain before becoming a US territory. As such, the area has a rich history and European influence that can still be felt. One inspired tradition that we’re particularly fond of is its Mardi Gras (or Carnival) event. It was actually hosted here before making its way to New Orleans! In the two weeks that they celebrate the event, you’ll find dozens of parades taking place. If you've never spent time in this area, your sailing through Mobile cruise port is a great chance to learn more about Alabama and to experience the south.

What to do in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile has a pretty neat history. Its European roots can be seen and felt while walking through downtown and explored more deeply at its many museums and landmarks. For those that like to live in the present, it has plenty more to offer. From its beautiful parks to its unique cuisine, you’ll want to take in all that is Mobile. Here are a few suggestions on what to do while in Mobile Cruise Port.
Cuisine

Cuisine

Foodies will appreciate Mobile’s European flavor combined with the port city’s access to fresh seafood. Think blue crab, oysters and shrimp. They’re plucked from just off Alabama’s coast and immediately delivered to your plate. Oh, and don’t even get us started on the barbecue.

Nature Tours

Nature Tours

Do alligators come to mind as soon as you think of Mobile, Alabama? You’ll find plenty of options for gator tours while in port. Equally interesting are the homes these modern day dinosaurs inhabit. Jump on a pontoon boat or kayak (for the truly brave) and get close up with one of Mobile’s most popular inhabitants. Bird lovers also flock to Mobile for the excellent variety of winged friends found here.

Historical Sites

Historical Sites

The European powers traded Mobile like last year’s hot pokemon card. The good news for Mobile, is it benefitted from its French, British and Spanish influences. These are felt throughout the city, but found in more detail at the many museums Mobile has to offer. History buffs can find a few options in our “things to do” list.

Shopping in Mobile, Alabama

Want to bring home a souvenir to remember your time in Mobile? Or a gift for those not fortunate enough to join you on your cruise? You won’t need to venture far to find shopping near Mobile Cruise Port. Downtown Mobile offers specialty boutiques with locally made crafts, clothing and collectibles. Many items featuring its connection to Mardi Gras. Here are the options for best shopping near Mobile Cruise Port.
Dauphin Street

Dauphin Street

This is your one and only best option for shopping near Mobile Cruise Port. Located downtown, Dauphin Street is a quick walk from your ship’s terminal and easily accessible by foot. You’ll find dozens of galleries, boutiques, specialty stores and more. Whether looking to run the credit card or just window shop, you’ll enjoy Dauphin Street. Mixed in with the stores, you’ll also find some great bars to take a rest in between bouts of shopping.

Attractions in Mobile, Alabama

There are plenty of attractions and things to do while in Mobile. If coming in from out of town, consider staying an extra night or two to experience the city and surrounding options. The terminal is very nearby numerous hotel options within the downtown area. Here are some of the most popular things to do near Mobile Cruise Port.
Wintzell’s Oyster House

Wintzell’s Oyster House

You might recognize this restaurant from the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. On th episode featuring Wintzell’s Oyster House, Andrew had fried green vinegar pickled peppers, fried green tomatoes with Crayfish sauce, and 33 oysters. It’s also received a shoutout from Oprah! Located in Downtown Mobile, this staple is known for its seafood and particularly its variety and quality of oysters.

William & Emily Hearin Mobile Carnival Museum

William & Emily Hearin Mobile Carnival Museum

Did you know that Mardi Gras started in Mobile, Alabama and not in New Orleans? It’s true. If you don’t believe it, you’ll find plenty of proof at the Carnival Museum. The “Carnival” is another phrase to describe Mardi Gras and not to be confused with the cruise line operating your ship! At the museum, you’ll find actual-sized parade floats and spectacular costumes. You’ll also find the kings and queens of past Mardi Gras celebrations. This is a must see attraction for the partiers who have ever been to or thought about attending Mardi Gras!

Explore Dauphin Street

Explore Dauphin Street

Consider Dauphin Street Mobile’s PG-rated version of Bourbon St in New Orleans. You’ll find many similarities in the abundance of bars, restaurants, shops, and flare. But, with a more family-friendly vibe. You could spend a day or two exploring the magnificent architecture, bar-hopping, visiting museums, or shopping. Dauphin Street has a little something for everyone.

Kayak Alligator Swamps

Kayak Alligator Swamps

This cruise excursion is only for the brave. Get up close and personal with these swamp monsters while just inches from the water’s surface in your rented kayak. You’ll also get a taste of Alabama’s ecosystem from your friendly guide as you learn about Mobile’s history, geology and ecology. If interested, here are options for a 2-hour and 4-hour guided swamp tour.

Gulfcoast National Maritime Museum

Gulfcoast National Maritime Museum

This huge, 90k square foot attraction is within a 5-minute walk from your Mobile Cruise Ship Terminal. According to the museum’s website, their mission is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the gulf coast’s rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs and activities.” You’ll find exhibits ranging from “Ocean Planet Theater” to “Underwater Umbilical.” It’s truly a great way to prepare for your week at sea.

Battleship Memorial Park

Battleship Memorial Park

This historic, park includes a number of prominent aircraft and ships from U.S. military’s history. One notable landmark you’ll find here is the USS Alabama. In 1962 the ship was to be scrapped, but citizens of Mobile refused to let that happen. In particular, Alabama’s school children. They “scrapped” together roughly $100k from their lunch monies and lemonade stands and saved this World War II landmark. It’s still on display.

Best cruise excursions in Mobile, Alabama

We've analyzed tens of thousands of cruise tours to find your ideal attraction while in port. Based on these reviews, here are the Best Cruise Excursions in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama cruise port map

Where is Mobile Port? Mobile Cruise Terminal is located in the northern tip of Mobile Bay and set back roughly 20 miles from the mouth of the bay feeding into the gulf. The closest major cities to Mobile are Biloxi, Mississippi to the west (roughly 40 miles) and Pensacola, Florida to the east (also roughly 40 miles). Mobile int he furthest north of all cruise ports within the Gulf of Mexico. Almost directly south of this departure port is Cancun and a southeastern route will serve up the rest of the Caribbean destinations.

Mobile, Alabama Cruise Port Terminals

There’s one cruise ship terminal out of Alabama and it's simply named, “Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal.” It serves roughly 150k passengers per year. The vast majority of passengers leaving Mobile Cruise Port are headed to Caribbean destinations via Carnival Cruise Lines.

Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal

Conveniently located downtown, Mobile Alabama Terminal is the area’s only dock with cruise ship service. The massive structure offers an attached parking garage capable of holding 500 vehicles and ample thoroughfares for pickup and drop-off service. You’ll typically find one or two Carnival Cruise Ships leaving from this dock per week.

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