Stranded Carnival Splendor Cruise now being towed to San Diego, next voyage canceled

By on Nov 11, 2010 in Lifestyle, Travel, World Comments

The stranded Carnival Splendor Cruise with about 4,500 passengers is now being towed slowly to San Diego, California, according to international news sites.

According to earlier reports, the original plan was to bring the 113,000-ton ship to Ensanada, Mexico, since it has the nearest and largest port.

On Monday morning, a fire was said to have broke out on the ship’s engine causing power shutdown resulted to unavailability of air conditioning services, hot food, telephones, and toilet flushing.

The fire was controlled after about 3 hours, and no one was hurt but some were treated due to panic attacks.

On Tuesday, the US Navy, through a helicopter made a military-style airdrop to provide about 10,000 pounds of food and supplies for the stranded cruise.

The stranded Carnival Splendor Cruise, which was reported to have 3,299 passengers on board including 24 Australians, and 167 crew members, is scheduled to reach San Diego on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Carnival also announced on Tuesday that the next voyage Carnival Splendor was canceled, and passengers will receive a 100% refund plus a 25% discount on a future cruise.

As per schedule, Carnival Splendor’s next voyage was supposed to start on Nov. 14 in Long Beach, California.

On the other hand, the passengers of the stranded Carnival Splendor Cruise will get also get a 100% refund of their fare for the sailing, a reimbursement for travel costs, as well as a credit for a free future cruise.

“We sincerely apologize to our guests for this unfortunate situation and offer our thanks for their patience and cooperation during this challenging time,” Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill says in a statement.

“The safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to allow them to return home as quickly as possible.” Mr. Cahill added.

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