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Later today, the 1,452-passenger Holiday will sail on its final voyage for Carnival Cruise Lines when it departs on a five-day western Caribbean cruise from Mobile, Ala.
For the past 24 years, the 46,052-ton vessel has operated a wide variety of itineraries for the line, playing a critical role in the company’s rise to world’s largest cruise operator.
Launched in 1985, the Holiday was revolutionary for its enclosed double width promenade and inventive interior design, which included a1930s-era bus that sat along the promenade.
The Holiday also played an important role in pioneering the short cruise market, introducing three- and four-day service from Southern California and, most recently, four- and five-day voyages from Mobile.
Upon returning from its final Carnival voyage, the Holiday will undergo a refurbishment and be transferred to IberoCruises, Carnival’s Spanish cruise operator. The 2,056-passenger Fantasy will replace the Holiday in Mobile beginning Nov. 10.