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Fire-damaged cruise ship out of service until Jan.

Nov. 8: Smoke billows from the engine compartment of the crippled cruise ship Carnival Splendor off the coast of Mexico. An engine fire aboard the 952-foot cruise liner that morning knocked out power early in its seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera, setting the ship adrift about 200 miles outside San Diego and 44 miles off the coast of Mexico.

Nov. 8: Smoke billows from the engine compartment of the crippled cruise ship Carnival Splendor off the coast of Mexico. An engine fire aboard the 952-foot cruise liner that morning knocked out power early in its seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera, setting the ship adrift about 200 miles outside San Diego and 44 miles off the coast of Mexico.  (AP)

A fire-damaged cruise ship that was stalled for three days off the Mexican coast will be out of service until January for repairs, its operator said Tuesday.

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines said nine voyages by the Splendor have been canceled, including weekly Mexico Riviera voyages. Passengers will get a full refund for the cruises and air fares, along with a 25 percent discount on a future cruise.

The ship was expected to sail again from Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 16.

The 952-foot ship was towed to San Diego after an engine-room fire left its nearly 4,500 passengers and crew without power.

The Port of San Diego said tugboats will tow the Splendor 2 1/2 miles on Thursday to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal for repairs.