Originally posted by SuzyCruise:
Thank you, Dave. I hope you were in the over-the-mountain area, because north Birmingham is NOT nice.
I look forward to cruising on on the Triumph.
Actually Homewood and the areas around there. My wife was in Lakeshore Rehab Hospital recovering from major injuries.
We did a pre-check on her cruising abilities by taking the 5-day Holiday out of Mobile this past March. She passed this test with only minor problems, which cleared us for a 7-day on RCI this past June.
My big goal is to see 7-day cruises out of Mobile. That would be huge! I am going to make a booking for a cruise on the Triumph. Maybe New Years 2008/2009.
Dave: So sorry to hear your wife is recovering from injuries. Hope she is 100% soon!!
My cousin lives on some mountain just past Birmingham but I forget the exit. I think it starts with a P...but I could be wrong.
I don't care where they bring the Triumph as long as it is close and SOON!!!!
I guess we will find out today 8-24-07. The date of the pre-press release. My friends in Colorado say they have not heard of this. And reservations are open for sailings through April 2009, with the ship based in Miami.
I can't find that press release anywhere and Carnival's announcements on Friday were of changes for Florida ports. So, can we say that press release was a hoax? If the Triumph was coming to Mobile, you'd think this news story would have at least alluded to the rumor.
Personally I think developing ports outside FL into more mainstream (high traffic) ports like they've successfully done with Galveston is wise for a number of reasons. During hurricane season if a storm threatens one specific region it doesn't take down the ability of the lines to opperate the majority of their fleets. It lowers the demand for air to one region every weekend, thereby lowering air pricing in the areas where supply can be a problem last minute. Most of the country can get to Mobile, Charleston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Houston etc. as easily if mot more so from where the masses live then just FL ports. The one drawback and reason I'm sure it's taken this long to come about is FL is closer to more cruise destinations. That just means the ability for longer sailings out of these other ports as they have from the NY ports. Those cruises have become so popular they added the new Brooklyn terminal, are adding new ships and still sell out at higher prices than FL consistently. Looks to me like the choices for cruises will continue to grow with the industry and Dave may get not only 7 nt sailings from Mobile, who knows he may get some 10 nt or longer. I'd love to see it. Whether this rumor pans out or not I like the direction the cruiselines are take to better availability for everyone.
The big picture aspect of south Florida ports and their being closer to more ports....just from Jacksonville to Miami it is over 300 miles. Doing 20 knots a ship will take over half a day to travel that far. It is easy to forget how long Florida is.
A limiting factor for Mobile at present is the turning basin just north of the cruise port. The Holiday looks like a tight fit as she rotates, and I'm sure it would look even more impossible if I was on a Fantasy or Destiny class ship. Obviously they have enough turning space or they wouldn't even consider a larger ship. It would be wonderful to see 7-day or longer cruises out of Mobile.
I would probably be one of the first to book a 7 day out of mobile if given the chance. As for a 7 day out of new orleans. I am not sure I would do it right now. My sister and I cruise together, we like to get to the port city a day early and kinda see that city. Until they get the crime down in new orleans I would not feel safe touring the city or even driving in on the day of the cruise. Just me.
Sorry folks, I came back from vacation to find this:
Triumph turns to letdown in cruise hoax
Monday August 27th
It was enough to make the hearts of cruise interests in Mobile go pitty-pat, pitty-pat.
There, on the Web site cruisecritic.com, was a copy of a press release, dated Aug. 24, that said Mobile was getting a bigger, better cruise ship.
Since just past the dawn of cruising in Mobile, when Carnival Cruise Lines' Holiday made Mobile its home port in 2004, Mobile has wanted a second ship. Or at least a bigger ship. So word that Carnival would replace the 1,452- passenger Holiday with its 2,758-passenger Triumph in October 2008 was something to be noticed.
And it was. Carnival's Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman who spent time in Mobile as the Holiday began service here, said the calls came quickly last week. He checked out the Web site, and then he called cruisecritic.com and asked that it be removed.
It seems the posting, on one of the site's message boards, was a hoax.
"We do see erroneous reports and rumors on message boards. We have an entire staff that monitors those things," Gulliksen said Friday. "But this is not anything that I've ever seen before. This is the first time I can remember somebody doing this positioned as a press release."
The fake was convincing. It apparently took wording from an Aug. 14 Carnival release on a ship change in Jacksonville, Fla., and substituted the Mobile information. It even contained a "quote" from Sheila Gurganus, who directs operations at the Alabama Cruise Terminal at Mobile, and other "quotes" from Carnival executive Vicki Freed.
"I don't know who would do something like that," Gulliksen said. "The person that did this obviously knows the market. ... It's not something we're pleased with. And I'm sure the Mobile folks aren't pleased."
Carolyn Brown, editor of cruisecritic.com, said she's seen a rumor posted on a message board be rejected by a company, then later be confirmed.
"This one was so beyond reality that it transcends belief," she said. "There are people who like to make mischief. It shows just how tempting it is to get a bunch of people riled up, and you have some power over it." Brown said that Mobile is proving itself as a cruise home port, but that its draw is regional in nature. That means Carnival will eventually have to "freshen" its offering from Mobile.
"You're due a new (ship), but new is relative," she said. "Frankly, if it is a Fantasy-class ship, they are getting massive, major refurbishments that are very exciting. Carnival is putting a lot of money into these ships."
Mobile cruise officials are more concerned with their latest attempt to market the port for a bigger ship than a faux press statement.
"We've talked about longer ships, and we've actually done an in-depth study ... to see what length ship our turning basin will accommodate," said Al St. Clair, one of the longtime leaders of the effort to build a cruising industry in Mobile.
Armed with a virtual reality video, Mobile officials will share the result of that study with Carnival and other cruise lines, he said. A Fantasy-class ship should be in Mobile's near future, he said.
Rumors for some months have said the ship is the Sensation, a Fantasy-class vessel that can carry 2,050-plus passengers. But Gulliksen on Friday continued to sound Carnival's company line: "Right now we have no plans for a second ship or a larger ship to replace the Holiday."
Triumph or Sensation, Mobile would take either.
Well, I guess we all hoped it would happen. I have to say that Carnival has helped this type of rumor to develop - I know I heard the CD on the Holiday allude to a new ship coming to Mobile during our March cruise. He spent more than a few moments talking about it.
And so I can look forward to another Holiday cruise from Mobile next year!