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Carnival Splendor: Ship has rough days at sea

By Melissa Bell
Carnival Splendor
(Marty Barrick/The Washington Post)

There are likely 3,299 very unhappy travelers off the coast of Mexico right now. Their cruise ship floats just off the west coast for a second day in a row, totally dead in the water, and without any working amenities.

Soon after the cruise set off from San Diego, a fire broke out in the engine room. Though no one was injured, it disabled the ship, the air conditioning, hot food and bathrooms. Add to the 3,299 guests on board another 1,167 crew members, that makes for a lot of, well, non-flushing bathrooms.

A tugboat has headed out to rescue the ship and draw it back to shore, where the passengers will disembark in Ensenada.

I feel bad for the passengers, but at least they weren't on this ship:

Remarkably, only 42 passengers suffered from injuries and broken bones on that cruise. I'm pretty sure they won't be booking a new passage any time in the future.

By Melissa Bell  | November 9, 2010; 8:55 AM ET
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Last major cruise accident was in 2007 when a ship sank after hitting rocks near Santorini.

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