With just 3 weeks until Carnival Fantasy docks in the Port City, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the city had spent US$4 million getting things ready.
There is still a lot of work to do, including putting all TSA check machines in place. The last cruise ship left Mobile in 2012.
Pat Brennan with the cruise terminal says the city had to start from scratch, because of new federal TSA standards that changed since the last cruise ship left Mobile. That means all new security and baggage check equipment.
Brennan says work is almost done.
"Maybe just a few more cosmetic things that need to be done here.
"We're tracking to be ready on time."
Our tour started on the second floor, where passengers will check-in.
"This is the main embarkation part of the terminal here, guests will come on up here, and these are going to be the screening machines for all the carry on luggage."
People will have a good look at the Port City as they get on their cruise, as the balcony looks over the river to Austal.
On the first floor, there's a lot more work to do. As the countdown to Carnival creeps closer and closer... Brennan says everything will soon be in place.