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Stranded Cruise Ship Passengers Finally Towed to San Diego After Ship’s Engine Room Fire

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Cruise ship passageway.jpgThe 4,500 passengers and crew aboard the Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines’ Splendor cruise ship, originally bound for the Mexican Riviera, are still waiting to reach shore after a harrowing 72-hour excursion. The ship lost power Monday after a fire in the engine room and then drifted at sea for two full days. No air conditioning, hot water, hot meals, or cell phone or Internet service were available to the passengers. Emergency food including Spam and Pop Tarts were eventually provided by the U.S. Navy.

The ship was 200 miles south of San Diego and about 44 miles off shore when the engine room fire occurred, according to the Miami Herald, and is now waiting to be docked in San Diego after having been towed in. The ship will remain in San Diego for repairs before returning to its home port of Long Beach.

Carnival has offered passengers a full refund and a free future cruise. To date no injuries have been reported as a result of the fire or lack of services, utilities and food.

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