Engine Room Fire on Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship Leaves 3,000+ Passengers Stranded at Sea

Passengers aboard the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/cruise_ship_injuries">Carnival Splendor cruise ship have had their vacations ruined, following a fire in the ship’s engine room knocked out the power supply. The fire occurred early Monday, the morning after the Carnival Splendor left its pier in Long Beach, California, on a seven day Mexican cruise. The ship was 200 miles from San Diego, California at the time.

None of the 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crew members on the Carnival Splendor was hurt. Around 6:30 a.m. yesterday, guests were initially asked to move from their cabins to the ship’s upper open deck areas.

Currently several key hotel systems, including air conditioning, hot food service, and telephones are not available. Last night, the ship’s engineers were able to restore toilet service to all cabins and public bathrooms, as well as cold running water. At this time, guests have access to their cabins and are able to move about the ship. Bottled water and cold food items are being provided, according to a Carnival statement.

The vessel’s command is in contact with the US Coast Guard which has deployed aircraft and cutters to the cruise ship’s location. The US Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, was diverted from a training mission in the Pacific on Tuesday to deliver supplies to the ship. In a statement, the Navy said 35 pallets of supplies will be transferred tonight from a Naval Air Station in California to the aircraft carrier, from which they will in turn be transferred to the Carnival Splendor via a helicopter.

The blaze, which took about three hours to put out, crippled the Carnival Splendor’s propulsion system and forced Carnival to cancel the rest of the voyage. Tug boats were dispatched from Ensenada, Mexico, to tow the crippled vessel back to shore. The ship is expected to arrive in Ensenada tomorrow, and passengers will travel by bus to the US. Ensenada is about 50 miles from San Diego.

Carnival said guests on the current voyage will be receiving a full refund along with reimbursement for transportation costs. Additionally, they will receive a complimentary future cruise equal to the amount paid for this voyage.

The 113,000-ton vessel is one of the largest in the Carnival fleet.

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