Tugboats change course, tow Carnival cruise ship to San Diego

The following is the text of a press release issued by Carnival Cruise Line:
(MIAMI) — The cruise ship Carnival Splendor, which lost power after experiencing an engine room fire, is currently being towed via tug boats to San Diego.
Based on favorable sea conditions, the ship is expected to arrive around midday on Thursday. As the ship gets closer to coastal areas, guests are now beginning to receive intermittent cellular service. Additionally, the ship’s phone system is working on a limited basis and guests are able to make complimentary calls home.
A large Carnival team continues to work on hotel, flight and transportation arrangements for the guests and will be on the ground in San Diego when the ship arrives.
Guests continue to be provided food and beverage service and a limited schedule of activities. Toilets continue to function in most staterooms and all public restrooms.
By Professional Mariner Staff