The cruise ship from hell will be nursing its wounds in San Francisco next week.
The Carnival Splendor’s engines caught fire off the coast of Mexico in November, stranding its 3,000 passengers without power for four days as they were slowly tugged back to San Diego.
Passengers spoke of a dream vacation turning into a nightmare, with no electricity or hot water, a problematic and overflowing sewage system, and a limited quantity and quality of food.
The supership, which is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, has been undergoing some repairs in San Diego, but will now be towed up to San Francisco’s Pier 70 for more-serious mending. Pier 70’s dry dock was expanded three years ago and is now the only one on the West Coast capable of repairing a ship as large as the Splendor, which is 951 feet long and 13 stories high. It carries 1,150 crew members.
Port of San Francisco Executive Director Monique Moyer said the ship’s visit will generate thousands of hours of work for union port employees on the southern waterfront. The ship is expected to tower over The City’s waterfront for about a month while repairs are made.
The ship will arrive Jan. 22 and the work will take four weeks, Moyer said.
“I’m sure you’ll get a glimpse of her no matter where you are on the east side of The City,” she said.