The Carnival Splendor was supposed to sail for San Francisco.
  • The Carnival Splendor was supposed to sail for San Francisco.
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The San Diego Port District website announced that the Carnival Splendor cruise ship was "scheduled to leave the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal on Wednesday afternoon, January 19. However, additional time was needed to complete preparations for the departure."

The Splendor — out of service since an engine fire on November 8 — is now scheduled to depart the terminal on the afternoon of January 20. The vessel will head for a San Francisco dry-dock facility, where it will undergo additional specialized industrial repairs.

The 952-foot-long ship will be "accompanied by two tugs as a safety precaution during its multi-day voyage north," according to Coast Guard officials.

Carnival Cruise Lines maintains that the ship will return to service a month from today, on February 20; it operates year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages from Long Beach harbor.

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Ponzi Jan. 22, 2011 @ 8:47 a.m.

Actually not having passengers for the trip has nothing to do with safety or certification of the vessel. All of Carnivals ships are flagged in the Bahamas or Panama. The reason why they do that is to avoid income taxes, health and safety standards and environmental regulations.

The most obvious reason is they don’t need passengers. They have business interruption insurance and they can take their time getting the repairs done right. Also, how many people would want to be on the ship before it was completely repaired? There is no entertainment booked, no provisions, and the destination is a dry dock. Since they are not visiting a foreign port they would not be able to open the casino. So that “cruise” would not be worth the money.


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