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Fire-hit liner cancels next voyage

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An ocean liner being towed to port after suffering an engine room fire has cancelled its next voyage.

Current passengers of the Carnival Splendor, as well as those who had booked the next cruise starting on November 14, are being given a full refund and reimbursement for air transport costs.

The unexpected cancellation highlights just how important it is for holidaymakers going overseas to have adequate travel insurance cover.

Carnival's 113,000-tonne vessel set sail from Long Beach in California on November 7 on a seven-day Mexican Riviera trip, but was hit by a fire in the engine room on November 8.

Its 3,300 passengers, which included 16 Britons, had to go without air conditioning, hot food and toilet facilities for some time. The ship is now being towed towards San Diego in southern California.

Carnival is also offering passengers due to sail on the cancelled trip a 25% discount on future voyages. Those on the current voyage are getting a complimentary future cruise equal to the amount paid for the curtailed trip.

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