|Carnival Splendor Being Towed to San Diego|
Photo courtesy John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line
After Carnival Splendor arrived back in San Diego and the passengers headed for home, the long process of determining what happened and returning the ship to service began. A joint task force made up of Carnival technicians, NTSB, Panama Government representatives, USGC and others descended on the vessel and started the process.
After an initial assessment, it was decided that cruises needed to be cancelled until January 16. This left passengers and their agents, including yours truly, scrambling to reschedule stranded passengers who had planned holiday sailings on the Splendor.
You might recall that during the incident, Captain Cupisti had to order the release of CO2 in the engine room to distinguish the cables. The fire crews had also used water to cool down the engine room.
Thus, the engine room must be cleaned up from the CO2 and water before the actual damage can be repaired. As you might expect, this is a huge job. We will bring you updates as we learn more about the cleanup and repairs.
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