FILE PHOTO Tugboats bring the disabled cruise ship Carnival Splendor into San Diego Bay on Nov. 11, 2010. The ship was recently damaged by fishing nets.
FILE PHOTO Tugboats bring the disabled cruise ship Carnival Splendor into San Diego Bay on Nov. 11, 2010. The ship was recently damaged by fishing nets. (AP Photo/The San Diego Union-Tribune, K.C. Alfred) (K.C. Alfred)

A Carnival Cruise Line ship damaged by fishing nets near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, returned to the Port of Long Beach on Monday morning, one day later than scheduled.

Carnival Splendor's propulsion shafts were damaged by the nets and repair work scheduled for Thursday night took longer than expected, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said.

The ship left Puerto Vallarta on Friday afternoon for the roughly two-day trip back to Long Beach. While the repairs were made, the ship's services continued to function normally, Gulliksen said.

Due to the delay, passengers scheduled to leave Sunday on a Mexican cruise had their departure put off by one day. Their cruise will be shortened from six days to five, Gulliksen said. Passengers will receive a one-day refund and were given a $50 credit. They were also given the option of canceling without fees, Gulliksen said.

The Splendor, which has a capacity of 3,006 passengers, has had some trouble in recent years. During a Mexican cruise in November 2010, the ship had a fire in its engine room, cutting electrical power. Crews put out the fire, but the ship could not regain electricity and it was towed to San Diego.

In February 2012, 22 passengers from the Splendor were robbed at gunpoint while riding on a bus near Puerto Vallarta, according to news reports.

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