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November 12, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
TMI red alert!  After the nearly 4,500 passengers and crew aboard the crippled cruise ship Carnival Splendor safely made it back to San Diego on Thursday, the Twitterati turned to chatter about Carnival cruise director John Heald's lurid personal account of being stranded at sea. Very personal. The British-born Heald, 45, on his blog quickly penned a lengthy three-part (and counting) tome titled "Smoke on the Water. " Here's his moment of realization that the thick smoke from the engine fire constituted a serious emergency: "I looked at Captain Cupisti ... he looked back at me and shook his head slightly ... and that’s when I ruined a really good pair of underpants.
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July 17, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A crew member's inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. Many air conditioners, refrigerators and toilets stopped working during the tow back, according to passengers. Details of the crew's mistakes are contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Passengers disembarked Thursday morning from their ill-fated cruise on the Carnival Splendor, full of survivor stories, quips and -- generally speaking -- a fairly upbeat attitude about their experiences. They were greeted by a horde of media, as well as relatives, friends and even strangers who decided to come to the port in San Diego to witness the spectacle firsthand. Enterprising merchants also hawked T-shirts: "I survived the 2010 Carnival Cruise Spamcation. " Honeymooners Josh and Ashley Vest of Fullerton said they tried to make the best of it. And though they initially thought the trip was ruined, Joshua Vest, 23, said spirits lifted once a tugboat arrived and the Navy began shuttling food and supplies to the ship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
An inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers and crew to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. There were no working air conditioners, refrigerators or toilets during the tow back. The findings were contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
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December 15, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Carnival Splendor cruise ship, famously stranded off the Pacific coast last month after an onboard fire, won’t be sailing any time soon. That's the word from Carnival Cruise Lines, which released a statement Wednesday saying that repairs will force the cancellation of cruises from Long Beach to Mexico until at least Feb. 20. The Nov. 8 fire in the engine room, which disabled the ship, kept 4,500 crew members and passengers adrift in the Pacific Ocean for several days.
NEWS
November 10, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Assistant Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Passengers' reports from the stranded Carnival Splendor cruise ship, which was being towed Wednesday toward San Diego after an engine fire left it powerless, are starting to reach the outside world. Onboard life  is either hell or just unpleasant, depending on who's talking. Scarfing Spam instead of caviar and Pop-Tarts instead of freshly baked pastries may not qualify as tragedies. But such images have set the blogworld atwitter -- and tweeting furiously . What Twitter users are saying: In a post on Cruise Critic Wednesday morning, the husband of a Splendor passenger said he got a phone call from her: "She said 'This is a cruise from HELL!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Twenty-two guests on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship out of Long Beach were robbed at gunpoint in Mexico last week as they traveled by bus from a nature hike in the jungle to the Mexican port city of Puerto Vallarta, according to cruise ship officials and local media reports. Hooded gunmen intercepted the tourists' bus about 5 p.m. Thursday as it returned from the pueblo of El Nogalito, known for its trail through the jungle, according to the Mexican newspapers El Norte and La Jornada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Richard Marosi and Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Karen Blocker, an early riser, was about to head off for an elegant breakfast of eggs Benedict when the walls of her stateroom aboard a cruise ship bound for the Mexican Riviera began to shake. Then the public address system crackled to life, summoning the crew of the Carnival Splendor to the engine room. She opened her door onto a smoky hallway. The ship slowed, then stopped. At that point, the 50-year-old human resources manager from Phoenix was certain of just one thing: She had to get out of her room ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Pulled by two tugboats, the disabled cruise ship Carnival Splendor is expected to arrive here Thursday, as the company tries to make amends with 3,299 passengers whose holiday in the Mexican Riviera went sour. "We know we ruined their vacations," said Gerry Cahill, president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines. Since an engine compartment caught fire Monday morning, the passengers and 1,167 crew members have been without air conditioning or hot food. The dream of sumptuous banquets was replaced by meals of bread, canned Spam, canned fruit, canned milk and munchies such as Pop Tarts ?
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If the catastrophe on the Carnival Triumph has you thinking you will stay clear of all Carnival cruises in the future, good luck. Carnival Corp., the Miami-based parent company for Carnival Cruise Lines, controls nearly 50% of the cruise market through 10 cruise line brands around the world. Other brands under Carnival Corp.'s ownership are Princess Cruises, Holland American Line and Costa. The biggest of its brands is Carnival Cruise Lines, which is the world's most popular cruise line, serving about 21% of the market, according to Cruisemarketwatch.com, a website that tracks the industry.
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April 17, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to improve its tarnished image, Carnival Cruise Lines plans to spend $300 million to add an extra generator in each ship and upgrade fire-suppression systems in response to the high-profile malfunctions that hobbled the Carnival Triumph this year. Carnival's investment comes in response to an engine fire in February that cut most of the power to the Triumph, which had to be towed from the Gulf of Mexico while frustrated passengers contended with nonfunctioning kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning and elevators.
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March 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The news of another stalled Carnival cruise ship has renewed interest in the fallout of the Carnival Triumph, towed ashore last month after an engine fire stranded its more than 4,000 passengers and crew in the Gulf of Mexico during a four-day Mexican cruise. Some passengers leaving the Triumph complained of dire conditions : sewage running down walls, food shortages and improvised encampments on deck. Others praised the crew, saying conditions had been exaggerated and that they would be willing to set sail with Carnival again.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The misadventure of the Carnival Triumph cruise in the Gulf of Mexico has provoked several passenger lawsuits and a storm of bad publicity, including horror stories about overflowing toilets and long food lines. But if you think the debacle might lead to heavily discounted cruise rates this summer, think again. Demand for cruise vacations remains strong enough that industry experts predict no sizable fare cuts this summer and fall. However, Carnival Cruise Lines, operator of the ill-fated ship, is among firms offering deals.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If the catastrophe on the Carnival Triumph has you thinking you will stay clear of all Carnival cruises in the future, good luck. Carnival Corp., the Miami-based parent company for Carnival Cruise Lines, controls nearly 50% of the cruise market through 10 cruise line brands around the world. Other brands under Carnival Corp.'s ownership are Princess Cruises, Holland American Line and Costa. The biggest of its brands is Carnival Cruise Lines, which is the world's most popular cruise line, serving about 21% of the market, according to Cruisemarketwatch.com, a website that tracks the industry.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Despite the public relations disaster created by the Carnival Triumph catastrophe, travel experts and others say the impact on bookings for Carnival and the cruise industry in general will only be short-lived. The ship lost propulsion power after an engine fire on Sunday, leaving the cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until it was towed to Mobile, Ala., where passengers told stories of sleeping on the deck to get out of the stiffling heat in their rooms and using plastic bags in place of toilets.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The engine fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico will certainly cost the cruise line money but it is unclear if it will tarnish its reputation in the long run. The fire broke out Sunday, leaving the Carnival Triumph without propulsion and power for some bathrooms, elevators and kitchens. The ship, carrying more than 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members, is being towed by three tug boats to Mobile, Ala. Carnival has announced it will reimburse passengers for the cruise fare, transportation costs and other expenses and has also canceled 14 future sailings of the Triumph through April.
NEWS
November 17, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a  Last Sale of the Year ,with discounted rates on selected sailings through the end of May. Prices start as low as $219 per person for a three-day cruise to the Caribbean, and did I mention free category upgrades?  But you'll need to book by Thursday night. Now, snagging this deal presumes you haven’t sworn off cruising (or Carnival) after watching umpteen images of the Carnival Splendor, crippled by an engine fire, being stranded at sea and towed ashore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A crew member's inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. Many air conditioners, refrigerators and toilets stopped working during the tow back, according to passengers. Details of the crew's mistakes are contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Passengers stranded on a cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico say they must stand in long lines to use working bathrooms and to get hot meals. The messages from passengers on the Carnival Triumph, drifting in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire Sunday, came from text messages sent to family and friends. No one was injured in the fire but it left the ship without propulsion. Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line said some of the public and cabin toilets are not operating and only limited power is available to run elevators and heat food.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Carnival Cruise Lines will redeploy an 855-foot-long cruise ship from Miami to Long Beach in 2014, doubling the number of cruise trips to the Southern California terminal. The Miami cruise line announced Wednesday that the Carnival Imagination will arrive in Long Beach in January 2014, raising to three the number of Carnival ships operated from the terminal. The ship should double the number of calls to the port to about 224 and draw an additional 480,000 passengers per year. Carnival is the only cruise line operating from Long Beach on a year-round basis.
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