Carnival Cruise Lines confirms one of their ships was stranded off the coast of Mexico Tuesday after a fire broke out in the engine room. The Carnival Splendor, carrying nearly 3,299 passengers and 1,167, is stranded 200 miles south of San Diego. Carnival says tugboats are en route to haul the Splendor to Ensenada, Mexico where passengers will disembark and travel back home.
Passengers will receive a refund for the cruise and all travel costs. They will also be given a free cruise equal to what they paid for this trip.
The fire broke out around 6 a.m. Monday. Carnival said the Splendor was also left without “air conditioning, hot food service and telephones.” "We know this has been an extremely trying situation for our guests and we sincerely thank them for their patience. Conditions on board the ship are very challenging and we sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience our guests are currently enduring. The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority and we are working to get our guests home as quickly as possible,” said Carnival Cruise Lines president and CEO Gerry Cahill.
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