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Carnival Splendor out of commission until January

November 16, 2010 |  9:12 am

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The Carnival Splendor cruise ship on which 4,500 passengers and crew members were stuck at sea for several days because of an on-board fire will be out of service until Jan. 16, company officials announced Tuesday.

The Splendor was disabled Nov. 8 when a fire broke out in the engine room on the first full day of a seven-day cruise to spots along the Mexican Riviera. Passengers were forced to eat cold food and live without air-conditioning because the electricity was cut off. The ship was towed into San Diego on Thursday.

Passengers booked for upcoming cruises on the Carnival Splendor will receive a full refund on their fares and air transportation costs, as well as a 25% discount on future cruises.

The 952-foot ship is being inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board, Carnival engineers and technicians, and the Republic of Panama, where the ship is flagged. It will also undergo repairs.

“We realize how much guests look forward to their vacations and know that they are very disappointed by this news," said Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruises. "We too are disheartened that we are not able to fulfill the dream of those who entrusted us with their important vacation plans.”

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Photo: Carnival Splendor is tugged into San Diego Harbor. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images.

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