Hotels Near the Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal

by Lisa Fritscher

Mobile, Alabama is a thriving seaport town, playing a critical role in commerce and industry as well as pleasure cruising. The 66,000 square foot cruise terminal is, as of 2010, solely used for Carnival ships on four-, five- or seven-night Caribbean itineraries. Although no hotels directly overlook the cruise terminal as in some other port towns, properties in the Historic District are less than five minutes from the cruise port.

Hampton Inn and Suites Mobile Downtown Historic District

The Hampton Inn and Suites Mobile Downtown Historic District is just one-half mile from the cruise terminal. The hotel is on the Mardi Gras parade route, and convenient to all Historic District attractions. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access, free hot breakfast, and a complimentary fitness center. Guest rooms provide lap desks and upgraded bedding. Some rooms offer a study with sofa bed and extra work space. Free “On the Run” breakfast bags are available Monday through Friday, offering a quick option for guests on the go.

Radisson Admiral Semmes

The Radisson Admiral Semmes has been a deluxe downtown hotel since 1940. Although the hotel retains its classic design scheme, technology upgrades provide the connectivity that modern travelers expect. Free wireless Internet access, complimentary laundry facilities, and concierge service are among the highlights. Guests receive complimentary access to the local YMCA, and the hotel provides an on-site pool and whirlpool. Guests are welcomed at check-in with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. The hotel restaurant serves three meals per day and room service is available. An English pub is located on site.

Candlewood Suites Mobile Downtown

The Candlewood Suites Mobile Downtown is a mid-range property in the heart of the Historic District. Less than five minutes from the cruise port, the hotel is within walking distance of dozens of tourist spots. The all-suite hotel provides fully-equipped kitchens, comfortable separate sitting areas and 32-inch flat screen TVs with DVD players. Hotel amenities include a complimentary fitness center, an outdoor pool and a guest BBQ area. Free wireless Internet is provided throughout. The hotel’s on-site restaurant serves three meals per day.

Package Deals

The Mobile Convention and Visitor Bureau offers pre-cruise and post-cruise packages at a wide range of Mobile hotels. A basic package includes one night’s stay, round-trip transportation to the cruise terminal, and parking throughout the cruise. You can customize your package to include multiple hotel nights and tickets to various attractions and activities throughout Mobile.

About the Author

Lisa Fritscher is a freelance writer specializing in disabled adventure travel. She spent 15 years working for Central Florida theme parks and frequently travels with her disabled father. Fritscher's work can be found in both print and online mediums, including She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida.