Right now, the only CCL-owned ship that can fit into dock at Port of Mobile is the Holiday. Until that changes, the Holiday will probably remain there. Her fate will be sealed when you read that Mobile will be expanding the port.
IMHO (again this is just my opinion)....the Holiday will be there until the big switch up in March 2009. That is when the Splendor is taking over the Pride's run and there will be some "reconfiguring" of the ships and their ports!
And the mystery continues.. They are still accepting bookings up until 12/28/09. Which in itself doesn't mean alot, as they can transfer the bookings to the replacement ship. The thing that is puzzling to me is they still have not given a Dry Dock date for 2009. By the time we ring in 2010 she will be way passed due for one.
I had a chance to talk to Steve Cassel, the Holiday's cruise director, a couple of days ago on this very topic. Carnival's intentions are to leave the Holiday in Mobile as long as possible. They are currently ranked #1 in many customer service departments throughout the fleet. They also currently have possession of the Crystal Eagle award which they took from the Ecstasy. Steve beams with pride when he mentions this fact. It is true that Carnival wishes to add another ship to Mobile Bay. However, according to Steve, they want this ship to be in addition to the Holiday (not the popularly held idea of instead of the Holiday).
I don't know the details of the turning basin regarding draft depth. I was just doing a little thinking outside of the box. Why does the ship have to turn? Unless there is some navigational law or something about it. The ships with the Azipods could technically back out of the channel. If the channel is deep enough for the bigger ship. Just a crazy thought.