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Departure of Carnival Splendor delayed again

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The departure of the Carnival Splendor from the Port of San Diego was delayed again Thursday.

The fire-stricken ship was scheduled to leave Thursday afternoon, but officials postponed the ship's departure until Friday morning. The ship was originally scheduled to leave for San Francisco Wednesday.

This is a story update. Read an earlier story below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Carnival Cruise Lines is expected to try again Thursday to move its fire-stricken ocean liner out of San Diego Bay, after its departure scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

The 952-foot Carnival Splendor had been slated to leave for further repairs in San Francisco, but the crew needed more time to prepare, a port representative said.

A fire in the engine room of the vessel on Nov. 8 stranded about 4,000 passengers on the first leg of a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

The Long Beach-based ship was towed into San Diego Bay and is docked at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

Enough repairs were made to the engines to allow the Carnival Splendor to cruise under its own power. However, two tugboats will accompany the vessel on the multi-day trip, just in case, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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