CEO: Crippled ship is Carnival's worst accident

This photo released by the U.S. Navy shows the Carnival Splendor, a cruise ship stranded about 250 miles off the coast of California on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. The ship, which left from Long Beach, Calif. on Sunday, was 200 miles south of San Diego when an engine room fire cut its power early Monday, according to a statement from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. The ship began drifting off the coast of northern Baja California. Navy helicopters shuttled in supplies Tuesday to 4,500 passengers and crew members expected to remain stranded on the disabled cruise ship through Wednesday night. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McChord)

November 10, 2010 4:29:10 PM PST
The head of Carnival Cruise Lines says the engine fire that cut power on the disabled cruise ship carrying nearly 4,500 people was the worst accident in his company's 35-year history.

Apologizing profusely, CEO Gerry Cahill told reporters in San Diego on Wednesday that the crew on Splendor is trying to make the best of the situation by providing free drinks at the bar and eight satellite phones so passengers can call their loved ones.

Cahill say the crew also is offering live music and games, and passengers can sleep out on the deck.

Two tugboats were slowly pulling the Splendor to San Diego. The ship was expected to arrive Thursday with good weather.