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Old 07-11-2008, 01:36 PM
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I just heard that there were no cruises listed for January 2010 for New Orleans or Mobile...so I did a test on the website that I use to check prices.

Sure enough...it comes up no cruises available.

What's up with that???
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LHP, I just did a similar search and came up with sailings through Apr of 2010 from NO but nothing yet from Mobile. I wouldn't worry too much about it. I'm sure once they determine what ships, if they expand the Port of Mobile to accommodate a different ship, and set itins for 2010 they'll show up soon. It's not unusual for sailings not to be released 18 months out or occasionally later in some circumstances.

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Sounds like good news for Mobile is in the offing!
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Thanks!

(Maybe it will be good news...like a bigger ship going to New Orleans AND Mobile!!!)

I would love the Triumph to come to New Orleans!!!
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Sounds like good news for Mobile is in the offing!
Dave I don't know anything but the rumor mill that always circulates. I haven't heard any concrete plans for an expansion or any votes to fund such a project. I do hope the rumors pan out for a change, Holiday can't last forever, they'll need a solution for the long term if they're going to keep that port in play. I certainly hope they do.

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You know the saying "If you buid it they will come?". That's not always the case. The Port of Houston did a 10 year expansion and included a new $81M cruise terminal capable of berthing 3 ships, even mega ships if available. After all the trouble and expense, they'll have the terminal finally ready this summer and no takers. A brand new modern cruise facility with no ships! Wow, talk about poor planning. I hope they can get some ships in here at some point, here's the article... http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5784424.html

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Holiday has been quite popular in Mobile though, although they may need to have a special dinner menu just for that ship - with collards, chicken-fried steak, fried green tomatoes, etc. The draw is definitely southerners.

BTW, I am not dissing anyone with my menu suggestions - I'd love to see collards and CFS on the menu! Pinto beans and corn bread too.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:49 PM
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Neil- That's a slightly different situation. The Port of Houston is further fromt he gulf than Galveston where the ships were already operating out of with a very usable port facility and cruise terminal. The Port of Houston's expansion was not needed. In Mobile, they only need to enlarge the turning basin to allow a larger ship to dock.

Much easier to do without the threat of an "already available" cruise terminal.
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We did one cruise out of Houston, back in 1999 when the Norwegian Sea was there. Not sure if the "new" port is in the same place but it was a painfully long drive from/to the airport and I recall other issues dealing with navigation from a port that far inland to the open waters of the Gulf.
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We did one cruise out of Houston, back in 1999 when the Norwegian Sea was there. Not sure if the "new" port is in the same place but it was a painfully long drive from/to the airport and I recall other issues dealing with navigation from a port that far inland to the open waters of the Gulf.
Dave: That is the first thing I thought of.
Sept will be our first time out of Galveston, but I have read on the boards for years about the "distance compliant".... I thought they would jump on Houston!!
 
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