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Carnival Splendor out of service until Jan.

A fire in an engine room left the Carnival Splendor cruise ship stranded for three days off the coast of Mexico.

November 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The cruise ship that left 4500 passengers marooned at sea after an engine fire will be out of commission until January.

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the 925-foot Splendor, which was towed 150 miles into San Diego from waters off Mexico last week, will not be repaired and ready to sail again until Jan. 16.

It had been scheduled for nine voyages before then. Guests who had previously booked those cruises will get a full refund of cruise and air fares as well as a 25 percent discount on any future cruise.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard are working with Carnival to fully investigate the cause of the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this story