Carnival Cancels Splendor Cruises Until 2011

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010  |  Updated 8:06 AM PDT
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The Carnival cruise ship that was stranded off the coast of Mexico for several days after an engine fire arrives in San Diego on Thursday Nov. 11.

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Carnival has announced it's canceling all cruises on the Splendor through the rest of 2010 so crews can repair the ship that was stranded for days during a voyage to the Mexican Riviera last week.

A Coast Guard ship escorted the Carnival Splendor into San Diego Bay on Thursday morning, where its passengers and crew were greeted by hundreds of friends, family members and curiosity-seekers.

The Splendor left Long Beach four days earlier with nearly 4,500 people aboard. An engine fire aboard the 952-foot cruise liner on Monday morning knocked out power early in its seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera, setting the ship adrift about 200 miles outside San Diego and 44 miles off the coast of Mexico.

Guests who were scheduled to sail on these voyages will receive a full refund of their cruise fare and air transportation costs, along with a 25 percent discount on a future cruise, according to a company news release.

Carnival said it is contacting travel agents and guests on the affected sailings.

Passengers on the Nov. 7 cruise documented the damage done during the power outage. They lived with no air conditioning, no phones and at times no toilets. After disembarking, some passengers told news crews they had been served mayo sandwiches because the cruise liner had no backup meals once refrigeration was lost.

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