Carnival Fantasy has officially moved to her new home of Mobile, Alabama as of yesterday, to launch year-round four and five-day cruises to Mexico.
The arrival was marked with a special event that included a competition for charity featuring Carnival president Christine Duffy, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, president of the Mobile City Council Gina Gregory, and captain of Fantasy Bruno Palomba. The competition, part of Hasbro, The Game Show activities, included a $20,000 donation each to the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Alabama and Feeding the Gulf Coast. There was also the traditional maritime plaque exchange between the cruise line and port officials.
Following the event, the 2,056-passenger ship departed Mobile on a sold-out five-day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso.
“We are pleased and excited to welcome Carnival back to the City of Mobile,” said Mayor Stimpson. “This is a moment we’ve been working toward since the day we took office. It represents a win for our city, a win for Carnival, and most of all a win for the thousands of people who can once again enjoy a great cruise out of one of America’s greatest cities.”
After Carnival Fantasy‘s recent dry dock, the ship gained several enhancements and new features. These include the popular Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina with handmade burritos and tacos, the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Rum Bar.
The vessel also features a WaterWorks aqua park with Twister slide and kid’s splash zone, the Serenity adults-only area, a 12,000 foot spa, and programs for youth of all ages.
Cruises to Mexico
Carnival’s four-day “long-weekend” voyages depart Thursdays, calling in Cozumel. Five-day cruises leave Mondays and Saturdays, visiting Cozumel and either Costa Maya or Progreso.
Each destination is known for its white-sand beaches, interesting historical sites, and perfect waters for snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water sports. During the day-long call in Progreso, guests can visit Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world. In Cozumel, visitors can check out ancient Mayan ruins or enjoy shopping and dining. At Costa Maya, guests can explore the centuries-old Chacchoben ruins or visit the Lost Mayan Kingdom, a multi-million-dollar water-themed attraction with slides, a lazy river, suspended ropes course, and more.