Carnival Splendor is delayed and remains in port due to an engine issue. As a result, one scheduled port of call has already been canceled.
Update: The ship has already departed Long Beach with a delay of around a day on its revised itinerary. A special technician boarded the vessel while in port to help repair the technical issue which we have detailed below. Also, please find below the latest statement from Carnival Cruise Line:
Work on Carnival Splendor has been completed and the ship is expected to depart Long Beach at 2 pm PDT today. The ship will operate an itinerary that includes day-long stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. We sincerely apologize for this delay and appreciate our guests’ patience and understanding.
Carnival Splendor Remains in Port
The large Carnival ship has been hit with an engine issue which is causing the vessel to remain docked at its homeport in Los Angeles, California. Passengers who are currently onboard the ship at the Long Beach port have posted the captain announced a problem with the engine and the cruise line is sending out a special technician to help in the repairs.
The ship was originally scheduled to depart on its 7-day cruise yesterday, May 25 but many guests have woken up this morning still in Long Beach. The ship has already moved away from the pier since around 5:00 AM and is now anchored in port to make way for the Carnival Imagination’s arrival after ending its 3-day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.
The Carnival Splendor crew are providing a full entertainment schedule and all operations onboard are running as normal. The Captain sent a second letter to all guests and another one will be sent out tomorrow.
As mentioned in my announcement earlier, our team continues to work on the issue which is impacting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. A technician will be arriving tomorrow morning to assist with the work that is needed. We will remain docked until 5am. At that time, it will be necessary to move the ship away from the pier to clear the way for another vessel which will be embarking guests.
We will remain anchored while we complete the work and will depart as soon as we are finished. Our plan is to operate a two port itinerary to Cabo San Lucas and puerto Vallarta. Given the delay, it will be necessary to cancel our visit to Mazatlan. guest will receive a US$50.00, per person, credit to their Sail & Sign account. Additionally, any taxes, fees and port expenses and pre-purchased shore excursions for Mazatlan will also be automatically refunded to your Sail & Sign account. Shore excursions for Cabo San Lucas will be adjusted to our new day in port. Guest may use their existing ticket for their excursions on Tuesday.
The specific engine issue is related to the ship’s maximum cruising speed. No details have yet been released as to when the engine issue will be fixed but they are currently working on it. The cruise line has already made the decision to cancel the scheduled call at Mazatlan, Mexico on Tuesday, May 28.
Other scheduled ports of call include Cabo San Lucas on May 28 and Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday, May 29. The Cabo San Lucas call has been moved to Tuesday instead of Monday. If no repair is made soon there could be further itinerary changes or cancellations.
Guests are being refunded any port fees and shore excursions booked through the cruise line along with a $50 onboard credit which is being added to the Sail & Sign account. The ship is scheduled to end its current cruise back at the Long Beach terminal on June 1.
Carnival Splendor is also known for suffering a major power failure after a fire broke out in 2010. The vessel was stranded at sea and was eventually towed to San Diego. Also in 2017, we posted about the ship having an issue with is maximum cruising speed which resulted in two canceled port of calls.
The Carnival ship which is the only class in the fleet is 113,300 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 3,000. The ship was constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy and will undergo a dry dock from October 30 – November 24, 2019, before repositioning to Australia.