i'm new to this having just gotten back from my first cruise, and having only been out of one port..... mobile. and i'm not going to pretend to have a deep understanding about carnivals decisions or anything regarding how things work at other ports, but i will say that it bothers me that people can be so hateful towards a port!! i don't know what kind of experience you had out of mobile, but ours was great! i understand that mobile is not as vibrant of a city as say..... new orleans or miami, but that doesn't make it a terrible place. and i think it's really sad to have any posts celebrating a drastic loss to any city's income, especially in these times. i may be a little biased being from alabama myself, but we spoke with several people from all over the country who were sad to see mobile closing because of the ease of getting there (i guess it can be a pretty straight shot from about anywhere??) and because of the fact that it was not a huge party city.
i don't know why carnival is leaving mobile, i've heard several things mostly regarding alcohol laws and gambling, and agree that our states laws put us at a disadvantage in many ways, and i understand that it is all about business. but it just irks me to read on here over and over again hooray for this port closing. i also am curious as to what happens to all of the port employees.... they had on carnival shirts and nametags, do they go to a new port? most of them were older, so i imagine they don't just pick up and move to a new city with ease.
my new closest port is new orleans and we are sailing out of there in february. i hope that it goes as well as it did in mobile, but i have spoken to several people who are now choosing to fly to florida rather than drive just to avoid new orleans...... just saying. i don't want to start anything, this is just something that has irked me because it seems very hateful to celebrate something something like that over and over again.
anyways, i am looking forward to my next cruise and hope the elation enjoys her new home.... or going back to her original home??