Carnival Splendor's January 13 cruise out of Los Angeles has been delayed a full day because of longer than anticipated repairs to the ship's propulsion shafts. Passengers will receive compensation for the inconvenience.

Passengers scheduled to embark on the January 13 cruise received e-mails today notifying them of the change.

"On the previous cruise, the Carnival Splendor required necessary repairs on the seals of the ship's propulsion shafts as a result of damage caused by underwater fishing nets… Unfortunately, the repairs are taking longer than expected and the ship will need to remain in Puerto Vallarta until this afternoon."

The originally scheduled six-night cruise will be shortened by one day and the port call to Puerto Vallarta has been canceled. The new itinerary will be: Los Angeles departure (4:30 p.m.), day at sea, two days in Cabo San Lucas; day at sea; return to Los Angeles (9 a.m.).

Affected cruisers will receive a one-day prorated refund of the cruise fare, $50 per person onboard credit, refund of the difference in government fees and taxes, gratuity adjustment, refund for shore excursions purchased for Puerto Vallarta and up to $200 reimbursement for fees related to air changes.

Passengers may also cancel if they wish for a full refund or may switch to another sail date.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor