Repairs will take even longer to complete and now the CARNIVAL SPLENDOR is not scheduled to return to service until February 20. The ship is currently in San Diego but will proceed to San Francisco for dry docking.
“We sincerely apologize to our guests for having to cancel these additional cruises,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “We made our best effort back in November to estimate the necessary repair time with a strong goal of not having to modify it at a later point in time. Unfortunately, as the repairs have progressed and we have discovered additional issues, it is now clear that we need more time. We know this is extremely disappointing for our guests and particularly disheartening for those who already had their vacations cancelled once and are now being affected again.”
UPDATE: November 18
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR will be moved today from her current B Street Pier to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, some two and half miles south. The ship is being relocated to an industrial facility more suited to the major repairs needed. Although there are three key shipyards in San Diego (General Dynamics NASSCO, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems), they all lie south of the 200 foot tall Coronado Bridge. CARNIVAL SPLENDOR requires a 215 foot clearance.. Carnival estimates that the vessel may be berthed at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal through December.
Original Post: November 16
Carnival Cruise Lines announced today that repairs to CARNIVAL SPLENDOR, following the fire and power loss well covered in the media last week, will keep the ship out of service for two months. CARNIVAL SPLENDOR is scheduled to re-enter service on January 16, 2011 from Long Beach, CA.
Passengers who were booked on the canceled voyages will receive a full refund of their cruise fare and air transportation costs, along with a 25 percent discount on a future cruise.
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR was towed to San Diego, CA, where she remains today, following the fire which occurred off the Mexican coast on November 8.
A team from the U.S. Coast Guard, NTSB and flag authorities, along with Carnival’s engineers and technicians, is currently on board investigating the cause of the fire. Carnival personnel are being assisted by representatives of the shipyard that built the vessel and other manufacturers of engine room components in assessing damage and necessary repairs.
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