Cruise Line Extends Contract in Mobile Area

MOBILE, AL - Carnival Cruise Lines says it has extended its contract with the city of Mobile for one year. That allows the Holiday cruise ship to continue to operate year-round cruises from the Alabama Cruise Terminal.

The world's largest cruise operator originally signed a one-year contract with Mobile for the Holiday to launch the first year-round
cruise program in October 2004.

But Carnival president Bob Dickinson says the response to Mobile's first cruise program was sensational and exceeded the company's expectations.

The Holiday departs from Mobile on Thursdays on four-day cruises
to Cozumel. On Mondays and Saturdays it embarks on five-day cruises
to Cozumel and Calica-Playa del Carmen or Costa Maya. It typically sails more than 100 percent capacity and has carried nearly 100,000 passengers from Mobile over the past ten months. It's part of the Holiday's fleet of 21 "Fun Ships" that operates voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda and Europe.

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