Carnival Cruise Lines today announced that it has cancelled an additional five cruises aboard the Carnival Splendor after an engine room fire broke out in early November, stranding the vessel and its passengers off the coast of Mexico. The delay is due to additional issues that were discovered during repairs and the arrival of parts manufactured in Europe.
The cancellations for cruises departing on January 16, 23, 30 and February 6 and 13 have been added, and the vessel is now scheduled to re-enter service on February 20. The cancellations were added to the previously announced nine cruises cancelled through mid-January.
In a statement posted on the website, Carnival’s CEO Gerry Hill says “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.”
The ship is currently in San Diego and will continue to San Francisco in mid-January where repairs will be completed at dry dock.
Not surprisingly, Carnival has been rather tight-lipped about the whole incident. Does anyone know any details about the fire and damage?
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