Carnival Splendor Returns to West Coast

Seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises resumed By: Marilyn Green
Carnival Splendor returns to Long Beach, Calif. // © 2011 Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Splendor returns to Long Beach, Calif. // © 2011 Carnival Cruise Lines

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After completing repairs in a San Francisco drydock facility and successfully undergoing sea trials, the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor resumed its year-round schedule of seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises on Feb. 20. The ship departs from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal in Long Beach, Calif., every Sunday on weeklong cruises to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

With the return to service, combined with the Carnival Paradise’s year-round three- and four-day Baja voyages, Carnival Cruise Lines will return to its normal passenger volume from Long Beach, carrying nearly 400,000 passengers a year.

“Carnival Cruise Lines continues to be the number one West Coast operator with two ships based in Long Beach year-round, as well as a ship operating seasonal itineraries from San Diego and Los Angeles. We have more year-round capacity dedicated to the West Coast than any other cruise line, and we are committed to maintaining our leadership position in this important market,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO.

Cahill noted that the Carnival Splendor has been thoroughly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and Lloyd’s Registry.

Cahill issued a statement thanking guests for their patience over the past few weeks, along with travel agent partners, the ports of San Diego and San Francisco and all of the involved government agencies and repair contractors.

The engine room fire that crippled the Splendor on Nov. 8 was an anomaly; although the ship has two engine rooms with separate generators, a switchboard damaged by the intense heat of the fire made it impossible to draw on the second engine room. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the Coast Guard has already sent out two advisories to cruise lines to help prevent any further incident of this kind.After completing repairs in a San Francisco drydock facility and successfully undergoing sea trials, the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor resumed its year-round schedule of seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises on Feb. 20. The ship departs from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal in Long Beach, Calif., every Sunday on weeklong cruises to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

With the return to service, combined with the Carnival Paradise’s year-round three- and four-day Baja voyages, Carnival Cruise Lines will return to its normal passenger volume from Long Beach, carrying nearly 400,000 passengers a year.

“Carnival Cruise Lines continues to be the number one West Coast operator with two ships based in Long Beach year-round, as well as a ship operating seasonal itineraries from San Diego and Los Angeles. We have more year-round capacity dedicated to the West Coast than any other cruise line, and we are committed to maintaining our leadership position in this important market,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO.

Cahill noted that the Carnival Splendor has been thoroughly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and Lloyd’s Registry.

Cahill issued a statement thanking guests for their patience over the past few weeks, along with travel agent partners, the ports of San Diego and San Francisco and all of the involved government agencies and repair contractors.

The engine room fire that crippled the Splendor on Nov. 8 was an anomaly; although the ship has two engine rooms with separate generators, a switchboard damaged by the intense heat of the fire made it impossible to draw on the second engine room. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the Coast Guard has already sent out two advisories to cruise lines to help prevent any further incident of this kind.
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