November 9, 2010
Carnival Splendor to be towed to San Diego
Carnival Cruise Lines has changed its plans about where to tow the disabled Carnival Splendor. In an announcement made at 8.15 EST, Carnival said that :given the ship's speed and current position, it has decided to take the vessel to San Diego where it is expected to arrive late Thursday. Additionally, Carnival is in the process of making all the necessary hotel and flight arrangements for guests. If the ship is unable to maintain sufficient speed under tow, it is possible that Carnival could revert to the previous plan and dock in Ensenada," Mexico..
At approximately 6 am Monday morning (U.S. Pacific Standard Time), a fire was detected in the aft engine room aboard the cruise ship Carnival Splendor. The fire was extinguished. There were no injuries to guests or crew. The ship has been operating on auxiliary generators and engineers have been unable to restore additional power to the vessel. Thus far, one tug boat has reached the ship and has begun towing with additional tugs en route to expedite the vessel's return.
Last night, the ship's engineers were able to restore toilet service to most cabins and all public bathrooms, as well as cold running water. Currently several key hotel systems, including air conditioning, hot food service and telephones, are not available. The ship's crew continues to actively work to restore other services.
Carnival says guests are able to move about the ship and food and beverage service, along with some shipboard programming, including children's activities and entertainment, are being provided.