Cruise Ship Stranded Off the Coast of Mexico After Fire – In a statement released by Carnival Cruise Lines, a cruise ship with almost 3,300 passengers on board was stranded off the coast of Mexico on Tuesday after it lost power following an engine room fire.
The fire occurred at 6 a.m. on Monday in the aft engine room of the Carnival Splendor. Fortunately, the blaze was extinguished and no passengers or crew were reported injured. However, engineers were not able to restore the power to the ship. On Monday, the ship was operating on auxiliary generators.
Based on the updates, currently, several key hotel systems including air conditioning, hot food service, flushing toilets and telephones are not available. The ship’s crew is actively working to restore partial services.
The voyage, which is a seven-day cruise along the Mexican Rivera that departed on Sunday from Long Beach, California, was terminated. Tugboats were en route to the ship, which is located off the Mexican coast about 150 miles south of San Diego, California and would tow the vessel to Ensenada, Mexico.
The company said that guest will receive a full refund and reimbursement for transportation costs. In addition, they will also receive a complimentary future cruise equal to the amount they paid for this voyage.
According to the cruise line and the Coast Guard, the 952-foot Panamanian-flagged ship is carrying 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members.