Travelers disembark 'nightmare' cruise amid cheers

By: AP
By: AP

SAN DIEGO -- A Carnival cruise official says the unloading of passengers from the company's disabled ship Splendor is going better than expected.

Senior Vice President Jim Berra says 2,500 passengers have disembarked since the ship was towed into San Diego Bay Thursday morning.

The Splendor was carrying nearly 3,300 passengers and more than 1,100 crew members when an engine room fire disabled it off Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday.

Berra says it's hoped that ship can be repaired in San Diego and return to its base in Long Beach by Monday.

Carnival has canceled Splendor's next cruise, which was scheduled to depart Sunday. The cruise line says it will make refunds to everyone who holds reservations for that trip and offer them a 25 percent discount on a future cruise.

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