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Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship Finally Reaches Port

November 11, 2010

The ordeal for thousands of stranded passengers aboard a crippled cruise ship finally comes to an end.

Tug boats pulled the disabled Carnival Splendor into port in San Diego today, four days after the ship lost power following an engine room fire.

The ship left Long Beach on Sunday for a seven day cruise on the Mexican Riviera, but a Monday morning engine room fire left the ship disabled without power.  Passengers had no air conditioning, no hot food and no phone service.

“It was awful,” passenger Marquis Horace said after disembarking. “It was absolutely deplorable conditions, food ran out, the toilets were overflowing. The best thing about it was the camaraderie with the passengers. ”

By Tuesday the USS Ronald Reagan was called into help, air dropping food and supplies onto the ships’ deck.

“There was no refrigeration. It was basically salad and vegetables, some fruit. Warm milk, they started giving us some seafood that I think was out of the freezer and was thawing out and started to smell bad so people weren’t eating it,” said passenger Ken King. “The lines were like two hours to feed everybody and by the time you got there there were just piece of bread.”

Once off the ship, many passengers will be taken by shuttle bus two hours north to the port of Long Beach, where this ill-fated cruise first set sail.

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