Between New York, Galveston, Port Canaveral, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore, Tampa, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, the United States is blessed with many different cruise ports on all three of its major stretches of coastline: the eastern Atlantic Coast, the western Pacific Coast, and the southern Gulf of Mexico Coast. One of the best cruise ports that is often overlooked is located in Mobile, Alabama.

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Conveniently located between New Orleans, Louisiana and Tallahassee, Florida, the port of Mobile, AL is perfectly situated for people in states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and even further afield like Arkansas, Tennessee, and South Carolina. It's a great port to catch a cruise, offering relatively speedy access to several exotic destinations around Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Read on to find out more about some of the best cruises you can take from Mobile, AL.

- Carnival - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Carnival Fantasy

The islands and nations of the Caribbean Sea always rank as some of the most popular cruise destinations in the world, and you can enjoy an authentic slice of Caribbean life and dip your toes in the warm waters of that famous sea if you choose to travel on the '5 Night Western Caribbean' cruise from Carnival. This is by far one of the top rated cruises to depart from the port of Mobile, Alabama, and it’s also one of the most affordable; if you manage to book in advance, you can get some very good deals on rooms for this cruise.

Those rooms will be found on board the Carnival Fantasy, which will be your home away from home for the duration of this amazing Caribbean cruise from Mobile, AL. The Fantasy is a great ship and a prime example of why Carnival is such a beloved and leading name in the cruise industry. You’ll find that the whole ship has been perfectly laid out, making it easy to navigate and fun to explore. Multiple restaurants can be found on board, with styles ranging from casual burgers and buffet food to more refined, elegant, fine dining establishments.

After leaving Mobile, this cruise will make two stops around the Western Caribbean. The first of those stops comes at Progreso on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. There, you could visit local landmarks and areas of interest like El Corchito Ecological Reserve and the Faro de Puerto Progreso, or simply spend some time on the beach, admiring the wonderful waters and having fun with your fellow travelers. Next, your journey will make its way round to the island of Cozumel. A prime example of a Caribbean island, Cozumel has great snorkeling, warm waters, sugary sands, and stunning scenery all around.

- Carnival - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Carnival Fantasy

If you don't have too much time to spare for your Mobile cruise, the '4 Night Western Caribbean' could be the answer. This is one of the shortest cruises with a major cruise line to operate out of the port of Mobile, and it's also one of the most affordable. Due to its short length and single stop, this cruise can be booked at some really good prices, with rooms available for around $60-70 if you can book in advance and choose the right dates.

This cruise will see you travel on the Carnival Fantasy, which is one of the main cruise ships serving the port of Mobile, AL. You'll find a lot of luxuries, comforts, conveniences, and features on board the Fantasy, including several different dining options offering all sorts of culinary styles from classic burgers to colorful sushi platters. You'll also find swimming pools, water slides, fun and games for the kids, and much more.

This cruise leaves from Mobile and makes just one stop at the Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel. Cozumel is a really beautiful little island and has proven to be one of the most popular cruise ports in the whole of the Caribbean Sea over the years, with many cruises choosing to stop here and lots of visitors falling in love with the area for its soft, powdery sands and gorgeous warm waters.

- Carnival - 10 Night Panama Canal Carnival Journeys - Carnival Fantasy

Hop on board the Carnival Fantasy once more for another amazing cruise out of Mobile, Alabama. This is one of the longest cruises you can hope to find out of Mobile and it's also one of the most fully-featured, making several stops and offering a full Caribbean and Central American experience, complete with an unmissable and unforgettable trip along the Panama Canal itself.

Again, for this cruise, you'll be able to enjoy the comforts and facilities of the wonderful Carnival Fantasy. The lead ship of the Fantasy class, the Carnival Fantasy features gorgeously decorated accommodation, a lavish array of dining options, plenty of relaxing spaces like lounges and bars to hang out with your friends, a crazy water park the kids will love, an adults-only retreat and spa area, and so much more.

This cruise leaves Mobile and heads straight for the Panama Canal, enjoying a partial transit of this iconic waterway before heading around to Costa Rica for its first stop at Puerto Limon. There, you can explore the local area and visit the Parque Vargas or simply while away the hours on the golden sands of Playa Bonita. Next, you'll head around to Roatan on the Bay Islands of Honduras, home to some super wildlife spotting areas and snorkeling, as well as some stunning white sand beaches. Your third and final stop will be at Cozumel, a great scuba diving and sunbathing location that guests of all ages will adore.