Infamous Ship Headed to Golden Gate

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:42 AM PDT
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Carnival Splendor's Trouble on the High Seas

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SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 11: The stranded Carnival Splendor cruise ship is towed to San Diego Harbor by tug boats on November 11, 2010 in San Diego, California. The cruise ship lost power and became stranded off of California's coast early Monday after a fire in the engine room. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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One of the most infamous cruise ships in the world is about to sail north to San Francisco.

The Examiner is reporting the Carnival Splendor will soon dock at Pier 70 for final repairs following an engine fire that disabled the ship mid-cruise last November.

The Splendor left Long Beach on Nov. 7 with nearly 4,500 people aboard headed to the Mexican Riviera. One morning early in the cruise an engine caught fire and knocked out power.

The ship was left adrift 200 miles outside San Diego.  It took several days to tow everyone back to land. During those days passengers were forced to live with no air conditioning, no phones, no cooked food and at times no toilets.

Splendor has been docked in San Diego ever since, but apparently needs even more work that can only be done in SF.  Port of San Francisco Executive Director Monique Moyer told the paper the ship will generate thousands of hours of work for port employees.

The ship is expected to be arrive in the Bay Area next Saturday and stick around for about a month while repairs are made. 

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