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The Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal operates under guidelines established by the Department of Homeland Security and has oversight by the United States Coast Guard. The security details at the terminal are considered "security sensitive" and only released to persons on a need-to-know basis. However, when you arrive at the terminal to park and board the ship or drop off or pick up a cruising guest, you will notice signage that denotes specific security measures in place. Please remember that the security measures are required and your cooperation is appreciated. If someone is here to drop off or pick up a guest, you can't park inside the parking garage and wait. You will be asked to leave and wait to re-enter when your guest is ready for pick up. It is suggested that if you are picking up guests who have returned from the cruise, you make cell phone contact with them and attempt to arrive when they have cleared Customs. Doing so will save the persons you are picking up and yourself time. Please remember that guns and ammunition are prohibited and will be seized.

Many persons ask about travel documents required for travel on a cruise ship from Mobile. The ships that depart Mobile are referred to as "Closed Loop." That means that the ship returns to the same port it departed after visiting a foreign port. The document requirements for the United States and Canadian citizens are proof of citizenship, such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate and, if you are 16 years or older, a government-issued photo identification. A passport, however, is recommended. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State or a Certificate of Naturalization is also accepted. Details about passport requirements are listed on the Customs and Border Protection website at

For security questions, you can contact Steve Scarcliff at