(MOBILE, Ala.) - A new cruise line could be coming to Mobile sooner than many people thought. Carnival will say it's farewell to the Port City later this month.
LOCAL 15 News sources say a company is working out a contract with Mobile and we are told the two sides are close to an agreement. Spot of Tea Owner Ruby Moore tells LOCAL 15 News she overheard a Norwegian Cruise Lines representative talking about the deal as the cruise line celebrated at her restaurant.
Another source inside city hall tells LOCAL 15 News, an agreement has been reached.
Mayor Sam Jones and Norwegian Cruise Lines both deny that a deal has been reached, telling us that negotiations are on-going.
LOCAL 15 News spoke with Mayor Jones's spokesperson Barbara Drummond Monday evening. She says this is speculation, but it's "good" speculation.
"The mayor stresses that the city treats this like any other economic development project where negotiations are extremely sensitive," Drummond said. "Speculations, no matter how credible the source, could hurt our chances of securing a new ship."