By Tom Reopelle

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The 952-foot Carnival Splendor, which was towed to San Diego last week after an engine fire crippled the cruise ship and left its 4,500 passengers and crew marooned at sea, will be out of service until mid-January.

The ship was towed Thursday to San Diego where the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigators are examining the damaged engine.

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Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) says nine voyages have been canceled.

In a statement Tuesday, Carnival says weekly Mexico Riviera voyages through a Jan. 9 departure have been canceled while repairs are completed. The ship will sail from Long Beach on Jan. 16.

Guests scheduled on the canceled voyages get a full refund of cruise fares and air transportation costs, along with a 25 percent discount on a future cruise.

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Comments (4)
  1. They’re waiting til Jan 16 in hopes that people forget about what happened by then!

  2. stacie says:

    you should do a story on Carnival and how poorly they are handling their recent cancellations of the splendor voyages ….
    50 friends and family were scheduled to go on the splendor dec. 12-19th for my brother’s wedding.  they are offering 25% off a future cruise.  the problem is that any other cruise during that time period has raised their prices because it is so close to depart date.  we booked our cruises in september 2009.  in looking at the 5 day cruise (that only goes to ensenada-ugh and catalina), we would save abt $100 per passenger and lose thousands of dollars for our wedding arrangements in mazatlan. Not to mention this cruise is a complete step down from the 7 day mexican riviera.  we are all southern cali residents and most have seen catalina and ensenada before. carnival is not being accommodating whatsoever.  i understand this is an unforeseen incident with the ship fire.  i called and was hoping for some type of COMPROMISE.  i got nothing, but being on the phone for 2 hours. 
    This has left our family to scramble to plan a wedding in under a month.

    1. Glass Half full in LA says:

      Stacie…you could fly to Mazatlan for the wedding…maybe not what you originally planned, but still a terrific option. the only planning you would need to do is the flight arrangements and a hotel – has anyone thought of that – you are getting a full refund from Carnival.

  3. Devastated Bride:( says:

    I agree with Stacie. You should do a story on how horrible they are handling this. I was suppose to get married on the Carnival Splendor Jan 9th 2011 in port. Carnival has been a nightmare to deal with. They will not reimburse my money for 10 business days. They will not pay for all the invitations that I sent out. (They will only pay $150.00 for invitations, I paid over $300.00) I live in Northern Ca. and have over 20 friends and relatives that were flying to Long Beach for just the wedding and Carnival refuses to reimburse them for the flights. I can’t re-book my wedding cause there are none available for months out. I have been planning this wedding for over a year. I have my dress, hotel rooms booked, flights, EVERYTHING ready. This has been a nightmare!! I have less than 40 days to plan a wedding by the time I get my money back.

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