Last week, along with the rest of the world, we watched as the situation unfolded aboard the Carnival Splendor with great interest, sending best wishes for the crew and passengers. Thankfully, the damaged cruise ship made landfall in San Diego after nearly 4,500 people had been floating without power, hot food or even functioning toilets for three days. Without a doubt, this was a dream vacation gone horribly wrong.
As of this writing, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, National Transportation Safety Board, Carnival and the shipyard that built the vessel are on board investigating the cause of the fire.
According to Carnival, all of the Splendor’s guests will receive a full refund, reimbursement for hotels in San Diego and transportation costs and a complimentary future cruise equal to the amount they paid for their cruise on Splendour.
All Splendor sailings through and including the January 9, 2011 departure have been canceled, and booked passengers will receive a full refund and a 25% discount on a future cruise.
It’s easy to allow news of this situation to influence your future vacation planning but that would be a mistake. A cruise vacation is typically a wonderful experience and most often a good value. Carnival, the world’s biggest cruise ship company, operates several lines including Carnival, Holland America, Princess and Cunard. Despite the unfortunate situation in the Pacific, cruising provides a good value for your vacation dollar and is loved by millions.
Hope S. Philbrick attests to that with her story about her cruise from Charleston to the Bahamas and Key West. Have a look and decide for yourself!