Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Assisting Carnival Splendor

101109-N-3570S-216 SAN DIEGO (Nov. 9, 2010) Sailors from Fleet Logistics Squadron (VRC) 30 load meat, bread and plastic dinnerware into C-2A Greyhound logistics aircraft at Naval Base Coronado. VRC-30 is transferring the supplies to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which will deliver them to the Carnival Splendor, a cruise ship stranded about 250 miles off California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Petty Officer Jeremy M. Starr/Released)

USS Ronald Reagan
Provides Assistance
to Carnival Splendor

At the request of U.S. Coast Guard District 11 in San Diego, 3rd Fleet has diverted USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Nov. 9 from its current training maneuvers to a position south near the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor to facilitate the delivery of needed supplies.

According to U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs,"An expected total of 35 pallets of supplies will be transferred Nov. 9 from Naval Air Station North Island aboard Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 carrier on-board delivery aircraft beginning at 0700 PST to Ronald Reagan. Once aboard Ronald Reagan, the supplies will be delivered with a helicopter to C/V Splendor".

Carnival Splendor courtesy U.S. Navy
UPDATE NOVEMBER 9 (8:15 PM Eastern)

Carnival Cruise Line indicates that the first tug boat has reached the Splendor and towing operations have begun.


Carnival has decided to take the vessel to San Diego where it is expected to arrive late Thursday.  Hotel and flight arrangements are being made for the ship's guests. If the ship is unable to maintain sufficient speed under tow, the original plan, to dock in Ensenada, could be reinstated.

The ship’s engineers were able to restore toilet service to most cabins and all public bathrooms, as well as cold running water.  Currently several key hotel systems, including air conditioning, hot food service and telephones, are not available.  The ship’s crew continues to actively work to restore other services. 

Guests are able to move about the ship and food and beverage service, along with some shipboard programming, including children’s activities and entertainment, are being provided. 


Carnival has also made the decision to cancel the November 14 seven-day cruise from Long Beach.  Guests scheduled to sail on this voyage will receive a full refund of their cruise fare and air transportation costs, along with a 25 percent discount on a future cruise. 

Carnival Cruise Line Update on Carnival Splendor

Related Blog:  Carnival Splendor Without Power After Engine Fire

Stay tuned for more updates as information becomes available

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