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Crippled cruise ship reaches San Diego

Nov 12, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Passengers recount three days at sea without hot food, showers, air conditioning, laundry service or any of the pleasures of a luxury cruise after an engine room fire disables the Carnival Splendor.

Karen Blocker, an early riser, was about to head off for an elegant breakfast of eggs Benedict when the walls of her stateroom aboard a cruise ship bound for the Mexican Riviera began to shake. Then the public address system crackled to life, summoning the crew of the Carnival Splendor to the engine room.