Return of the CARNIVAL SPLENDOR

CARNIVAL SPLENDOR blended into the horizon at San Diego's Tenth Avenue Terminal last month. Photo and copyright Peter Knego.

She’s back! After a long and much publicized ordeal — from the engine room fire that disabled her last November to the complicated and costly repairs requiring two shipyards and parts from Italy to implement — Carnival Cruises’ 3,006 passenger CARNIVAL SPLENDOR returns to weekly Mexico cruise service from Long Beach on Sunday, February 20.

“Carnival Cruise Lines continues to be the number one West Coast operator with two ships based in Long Beach year-round, as well as a ship operating seasonal itineraries from San Diego and Los Angeles. We have more year-round capacity (400,000 passengers) dedicated to the West Coast than any other cruise line and we are committed to maintaining our leadership position in this important market,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO.

“We’re obviously very pleased that the CARNIVAL SPLENDOR is returning to service and we’re looking forward to welcoming our guests aboard this fantastic ship,” Cahill said. “We would also like to thank our guests for their patience over the past few weeks, as well as our travel agent partners, the ports of San Diego and San Francisco and all of the government agencies, repair contractors and countless others who have provided invaluable assistance and support.”

The CARNIVAL SPLENDOR has undergone rigorous inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard and Lloyd’s Registry, a ship classification society, which monitored the repair process during dry docks in San Diego and San Francisco. She will depart the Long Beach Cruise Terminal every Sunday on week-long cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

MaritimeMatters will be on board this Saturday for a special overnight function welcoming the ship back into service and will provide a fully illustrated follow up report.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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