An engine-room fire that broke out onboard Carnival Splendor yesterday left the ship — and more than 3,000 passengers — stranded in the ocean, reports our sister site CruiseCritic.com. No passengers or crew were injured, but the ship’s engine is out of commission.
Carnival Splendor is currently adrift off the coast of Baja California, waiting for commercial tug boats to guide it back to shore. For those onboard, who had initially signed up for a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise, this has undoubtedly been the vacation from hell. The fire broke out on day one of the cruise, and it appears that passengers went without flushable toilets and running water for a period of time. To make matters worse, the ship’s air-conditioning is no longer working.
Carnival Splendor’s passengers, of course, are due some compensation. Carnival will be shelling out full refunds, reimbursement for transportation costs and an additional free future cruise. Still, something tells me Splendor’s passengers are not presently excited about going on another cruise as they drift in the Pacific Ocean on a ship without air conditioning.
For more information on this story, including timely updates, check out Carnival Splendor Q&A: What You Need to Know About the Cruise Ship Fire on CruiseCritic.com.
–written by Caroline Costello