Mobile Alabama USA is Alabama state's only seaport. It is located on Mobile Bay (Gulf of Mexico's inlet) which is formed by Fort Morgan Peninsula (on the east) and Dauphin Island (on the west). The city covers an area of approx 413 km2 (159 ml2) and has population around 195,000 (metro around 415,000).
Already old when the Civil War commenced, Mobile has a rich French, Spanish, Creole and African heritage reflected in cultural diversity and architecture cuisine. Tourists can explore the historic district, antebellum homes and cathedral of this historic port city or enjoy near-by beaches.
Sights worth visiting involve Bellingrath Gardens and Home, antebellum home Oakleigh Mansion, Cox-Deasy Cottage Museum and Battleship USS Alabama. Ft.Conde is a partial replica of an original 18th century French fort. Fort Gaines is the battle site of the famed Battle of the Bay in August 1864. Mobile is the birthplace of nation's Mardi Gras, known as America's Family Mardi Gras.
Wildlife fans should visit Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island. Another fresh idea is to tour the heart of Mobile Bay estuary, home to over 250 species of birds, 230 species of fish and wildlife, including black bears, alligators, bald eagles, osprey.
Mobile Alabama port
Port Mobile is a deepwater seaport (Alabama's only one) ranked in 2010 as USA's 12th largest cargo port by tonnage (shipping trade volume over 55,7 million tons). The port is along Mobile River - where the river empties into the bay.
- The port has deep-water terminals which all have direct access to Alabama's inland and intracoastal waterways. These waterways also serve USA's Great Lakes, and the rivers Ohio and Tennessee (via Tenn-Tom / Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with length 377 km / 234 ml).
- The port and all its facilities are owned and managed by Alabama State Port Authority. All public terminals can handle various types of cargo ships (including container / boxships, bulk and break bulk carriers, Ro-Ro ships (roll-on / roll-off). The port also has private bulk terminal operators. All container, general cargo and bulk cargo terminals have dirrect access to 2 US interstate railway systems plus 5 "Class I" US railroads. The CG Railway (terminal railroad) operates from the Mobile Alabama port a rail ferry service to Coatzacoalcos (Mexico).
- Mobile is USA's largest seaport for handling break bulk forest products.
- The port's McDuffie Terminal is among USA's largest coal terminals. It is also the country's largest import coal terminal. Mobile AL was ranked USA's 4th largest coal export port for 2012, with the majority of the exports being shipped to Europe and South America.
- In the period 2010-2015, the port invested over USD 0,5 billion in redevelopment projects, including port infrastructure improvements, land acquisitions, warehousing, constructing new rail depots and inter-modal yards, also improvements and enhancements of cargo terminals (serving oil tankers and gas carriers) and cargo shipping vessels (containerized, bulk, break bulk). A new rail ferry terminal and a new container terminal were also built. A new steel terminal was also built to serve the Calvert Alabama's stainless and carbon steel processing facility. The McDuffie Coal Terminal was expanded.
- In September-October 2016, the port invested USD 4 million in new TSA equipment (security and baggage screening machines) on the terminal's 2nd floor.
- Since 2018, Carnival Cruise Line will offer 7-day roundtrip Mobile cruise port departures to destinations no longer limited to Caribbean Mexico. On April 25, 2017, the company officially announced that the Carnival Fantasy ship will offer as ports of call destinations in Bahamas, Key West Florida, Grand Cayman Island, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama Canal. Itineraries will be longer than the ship's usual 4- and 5-night cruises to Mexico (visiting Costa Maya and Cozumel).
Mobile cruise terminal
Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal is a 66,000 ft2 (6,130 m2) sized cruise ship facility with top-notch security, dedicated cruise parking area and covered lanes serving passenger pickup / drop off vehicles. The cruise ship terminal building is located in downtown Mobile City, in close proximity to hotels and restaurants.
The passenger terminal is just 0,5 ml (800 m) from Interstate 10 (USA's 4th longest highway) and just 6 ml (10 km) from the junction of Interstate 65 and Interstate 10.
Free shuttle bus service is offered between the cruise terminal and offsite parking lots at Mobile Civic Center.
The cruise terminal's parking allows pre-pay online payments (have a picture of the car's license plate). On-site payments can be done at kiosks located in the lift lobbies on each of the terminal's floors, and also at the offsite parking lots (at Mobile Civic Center). Know that these kiosks don't accept in cash bills larger than USD 50.
The cruise port's Premium Parking app also allows online payments. The parking services are also assisted via 24 hour phone line (1-844 236-2011).
Parking rates vary by parking period and vehicle size (car, minivan, truck, SUV, motorcycle). Height restricted vehicles are directed to an offsite parking lot (at Mobile Civic Center). All oversized vehicles are also directed to an offsite parking lot (at Mobile Civic Center).
- Rates for regular sized vehicles are USD 72 (4-day parking), USD 90 (5-day parking) and USD 126 (7-day parking).
- Rates for oversized vehicles (RVs / Campers) are USD 144 (4-day parking), USD 180 (5-day parking) and USD 252 (7-day parking).
- Rates for busses are USD 216 (4-day parking), USD 270 (5-day parking) and USD 378 (7-day parking).
The Mobile cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Mobile, Alabama.
If you lose the Mobile location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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