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November 11, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Even before this week’s fire and power loss aboard the Carnival Splendor off Mexico, the last two years had been rotten for the cruise business in Southern California . As the U.S. economy soured and the Mexican drug war raged, demand for West Coast Mexican cruises has fallen steeply since 2008. But there is this consolation: San Diego will open a snazzy new cruise ship terminal, with saw-toothed roof and energy-efficient features, in late December.
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.
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.
November 10, 2010 | Maria L. La Ganga and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
They're called "floating cities," massive cruise ships that resemble skyscrapers and offer all the amenities of high-end resorts ? spas and casinos, Broadway shows and amusement parks, fine dining and luxury shopping. But the Carnival Splendor also offers a cautionary tale about just how vulnerable these mega-ships can be. Left powerless by an engine fire shortly after embarking on a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the Splendor is expected to be towed into port in San Diego late Thursday.
March 30, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Carnival Cruise Lines is having a flash sale on most cruises through February 2012 that includes cabin upgrades and onboard spending money -- but only until  Thursday. The deal: The Triple Play Sale offers discounted fares, a free cabin upgrade and a  shipboard credit of up to $100 per cabin. Sale rates start at $259 per person plus tax and apply to selected sailings and ships through February. Here's how the "free money" offer works: Each cabin receives a credit of up to $50 for two- to five-day cruises and up to $100 on six- to eight-day cruises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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