Where You're Docked
Cruise ships call at the Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal, just south of the Alabama State Docks, a half-mile west of the Mobile Civic Center, on the banks of the Mobile River. For information call 1-800-SHIPMOBILE.
What to See and Do
Satisfy your sweet tooth. The south is synonymous with decadent sweets, and you can indulge yourself on them to your heart's content in Mobile. Try the truly decadent coconut cream pie at Tiny Diny (212059 Halls Mill Rd., 22051-476-3880). It's huge: looks like the Superdome on a pie tin. If chocolate is your weakness, pay a visit to Three Georges (226 Dauphin St., 22051-433-672205). A favorite of Mobile since 1917, it offers chocolates hand-dipped while you wait, pralines, divinity, fudge, etc. If you've got the time you can enroll in one of their candy-making classes.
For the history buff, especially the student of military history, visit the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park (2703 Battleship Pkwy.) featuring aircraft and vessels from World War II through Desert Storm. The park is centered around the USS Alabama, a battleship that saw major action in the South Pacific during the Second World War. Or, if Revolutionary War era history has appeal, visit the Ft. Conde Museum (12050 S. Royal St.).
Take a stroll along the Historic District on Lower Dauphin Street; enjoy local cuisine, art and antique shopping, sightseeing, and taking in the taste of the Old South.
Don't miss the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX Theater (6205 Government St.). This hands-on family museum is dedicated to the sciences and is also home to prestigious traveling exhibits.
Visit Bellingrath Gardens and Museum Home (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 3620582). Located about 2205 miles south of the cruise port, this spot is a beautiful 6205 acres of lush landscaping within a 90205-acre subtropical forest. Stroll the gardens or tour the palatial manor, filled with 18th-century antiques. For the environmentally oriented there are eco-walks, featuring a boardwalk through the bayou, and a 4205-minute scenic and wildlife spotting cruise aboard the "Southern Belle," docked at the estate.
Where to Eat and Drink
Best Breakfast: Mentioned earlier for its desserts, Tiny Diny (212059 Halls Mill Road, open 6am-8pm daily) has been consistently voted Best Breakfast by Mobilians, and National Flight Magazine rates Tiny Diny's hotcakes best in the country. Also rated tops for home cooking.
Best Local Cuisine: For fresh oysters and other local seafood with a Cajun influence, go to Wintzells (60205 Dauphin St, Mobile, 11am-10pm daily). It's located in the heart of the Historic District.
For a real taste of the deep South, shugah, y'all gonna wanna get some true barbecue. That's why you want to venture to Dreamland BBQ (3314 Old Shell Rd , from 11:30am). Don't miss out on the sinful ribs.
Best Gourmet: Quatorze (2054 S Conception St, Tuesday-Saturday 6-9:30pm) offers classic French with fusion influences. Great wine list.
Taxis: Rate controlled. Fare from airport to cruise terminal is about $2205. However, on disembarkation day the numbers of available cabs is very quickly depleted. Taxis within the central downtown area are easy to come by.
Shuttles: Mobile Regional Airport operates a shuttle service between the airport and hotels and cruise terminal. Reservations are essential, and you should mention that you are booking on Carnival's Holiday as that will get you a 2050 percent discount ($1205 vs. $30 per person) round-trip. Children under 12 ride free. For reservations call 22051-633-0313 or 800-32057-205373.
Trolley: To get around downtown Mobile, including the Historic District on Dauphin Street, consider moda!, the new, free electric trolley system that runs every 10 minutes along a 3.1-mile course. Nearest moda! stop to the Port is about a quarter of a mile away on Royal Street between Government and Church Streets.
Rental Cars: National, Avis and Thrifty have operations in Mobile. All are located at or near the airport.
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