Carnival Splendor



Year built: 2008

Speed: 21 kn

Passengers: 3,006

Crew: 1,150

113k tons

14 decks


The Carnival Splendor currently sails 7 night Mexican Riviera and Hawaii cruises from Long Beach, California. On December 11, 2019, Spirit will begin sailing from Sydney, Australia.


On November 8, 2010, the vessel was on a scheduled 7-day Mexico Riviera cruise itinerary from home port of Long Beach, California, with call ports Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. On the second day at 6:00 AM, the ship experienced an engine room fire accident, resulting in a total electrical power loss. Even when the fire was extinguished 10 hours later, the power was not restored. The incident occurred when the vessel was in open sea 150 miles south of San Diego and 55 miles west of Punta San Jacinto. According to the line’s official statement, the fire was caused by “crankcase split”. No injuries were reported among all 3299 passengers and 1167 crew on board. Because engineering crew was incapable to restore the power, the voyage was cancelled and the vessel had to be towed by a tugboat to San Diego. The lost of power also caused the air-conditioning and refrigeration systems on the ship to become in-operational. USCG assets were deployed in the region. Passengers were fed rations with food and bottled water provided from the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan via navy helicopters. The Splendor was escorted to San Diego by a USCG Cutter vessel Morgenthau. Towed, the ship arrived in San Diego CA on November 11. The power loss incident was under investigation. The ship operates using three 12-cylinder Wartsila diesel generators located in the aft engine room, plus another three generator sets located in the forward engine room. Each generator connects to 2 switchboards. Normally, a single engine/generator failure shouldn’t affect the ship’s total power output.

On December 17, 2009, upon berthing in Puerto Vallarta the ship hit a pier at ~=7:40 AM. The vessel was maneuvering in the harbor, when its stern struck the tender pier. All local authorities were notified. The ship remained docked there overnight to complete all necessary repairs. The pier collision incident caused itinerary change , the scheduled call port Matazlan was dropped, proceeding directly to the next Mexican port Cabo San Lucas.

On November 25, 2009, while maneuvering for docking in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Splendor hit the already docked Royal Caribbean ship Radiance of the Seas. Both vessels were examined and deemed seaworthy. After the ship collision incident, for unknown reasons the Radiance’s Captain was replaced by another Captain.

On February 18, 2010, at 7:00 AM the ship was entering into call port Mazatlan when suddenly turned and listed sharply to port side. In the evening after departure, the Captain explained the listing incident via the PA system. Due to bad weather, the radar missed several small boats and yachts in front. In the last minute officers have spotted the vessels by eye and to avoid collision, they turned the ship sharply. The listing incident caused many interior damages, including to furniture in lounges and cruise cabins, it also flooded swimming pools.

On January 1, 2013, the 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from home port of Los Angeles departure was delayed by a full day. The inconvenience was due to propulsion system repairs, which took longer than anticipated. On the previous Mexico itinerary, the vessel required repairs after experiencing an incident with underwater fishing nets. The scheduled itinerary was shortened by 1 day. The call port Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was dropped, and the ship visited only Cabo San Lucas. As compensation, all passengers received a 1-day prorated refund,$50 in on board credit, refund of the Government taxes port fees difference and gratuity adjustment. Also refunded were all pre-purchased shore excursions in Puerto Vallarta. Passengers with booked airfare were reimbursed with up to $200 for flight changes fees. Passengers were offered also cancellation without penalty, or switching to another departure date.

On March 5, 2010, the ship was on a 18-day cruise around South America from Valparaiso, to San Francisco. On the second day, a 62-year-old male passenger jumped overboard off the Chilean coast. The man was last seen at 4:30 AM. He was reported missing by his wife at 9:30 AM after she found a suicide note. Local authorities were notified. The ship returned back and conducted a search and rescue operation, but the body was never found.

On December 23, 2013, a 21-year-old male crew died on the ship while it was docked in Port Canaveral, Florida. Report says the deceased became sick immediately after boarding the ship 5 days prior the death. After joining the ship’s crew on December 6, he was seen several times by the ship’s med staff. Body autopsy revealed the death was caused by Bronchopneumonia.

On November 23, 2015, it was unofficially reported that a violent incident happened at the Gold Pearl restaurant. A domestic fight between spouses started at 8:15 PM during dinner. Reportedly, the woman threw a drink at her husband, then he retaliated and threw his drink at her. The they started to throw plates and glassware at each other. The galley staff and many passengers started running or hiding under the tables. At this point, the woman’s 3 brothers got involved in the fight, beating and stabbing the husband. He took a broken plate and cut the throat of one of them, causing him to bleed terribly. The ship’s security responded to the incident after some 10-15 minutes. Reportedly, the injured brother died at the infirmary in the morning. All the rest involved in the fight were arrested and confined.

Carnival ShipsPJ Morrissey