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Fire-damaged Carnival Splendor cruise ship leaves San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A cruise ship towed to San Diego after catching fire in November is finally in good enough shape to journey to San Francisco for further repairs.

Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz says the Splendor left Friday under its own power.

Two tug boats will accompany the vessel on the multi-day trip.

De la Cruz says crews had to fix last-minute technical issues, delaying its departure from San Diego by a few days.

But she says it is still on schedule to be ready to accept passengers for a trip by Feb. 20.

The Splendor was towed to the San Diego terminal after a fire in its engine room Nov. 8 cut the ship's power, stranding about 4,000 passengers for a few days off Mexico's Baja California coast.

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