Mobile looking to return of cruises by mid-summer

Mobile looking to return of cruises by mid-summer
Pictured is the Carnival Cruise Line ship Carnival Sunshine near Grand Cayman in 2013. (Source: Danny Lehman/Carnival Cruise Line)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile has been providing COVID-19 vaccinations rather than trips to the western Caribbean during the pandemic, but that could soon change.

With demand for shots lagging at large sites, the county health officer says the site could shut down soon as the cruise industry prepares to restart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines recently that would allow companies that meet certain benchmarks to resume operating around mid-July.

Officials are hopeful Carnival Cruise Lines can resume its trips from Mobile.

The area tourism agency says cruises account for $150 million annually, and a more than yearlong shutdown has hurt the local economy.

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